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|Great topic! It is hard to pick just one author, so I cheated and picked a couple. First off, I enjoy reading Peter Cozzens’s battle histories immensely. His writing style is fantastic and he documents his sources very well, though I wish he would have better maps in his books. Noah Andre Tredeau is also an excellent military historian, but he branches out into some social aspects as well. He wrote a brilliant book on the USCT titled “Like Men of War,” which is (in my opinion) one of the most underrated American Civil War books of all time. That book tied together nice battle narratives with a pretty good analysis of the social aspects of the War. Drew G. Faust also makes my list. Her social histories of the war are some of the best academic history out there and her style is a nice blend between readability and academic prose. I look forward to hearing what others have to say about this topic!