|View single post by susansweet3|
|Posted: Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 05:07 pm||
|From what others say about how their Civil War interest was sparked I would agree with Javal that the Golden Book of the Civil War is for one generation of people the most important . Those that were born in the 60's all seem to have had an experience with this book as young people. I was older so missed the book til just recently when I chose the book in a book give away. It is an impressive work.
Shelby Foote has influenced many others . I have yet to read all three volumes although was given a set by my sister in law when I started my Civil War journey.
My interest in the War was not started though a book it was a battlefield I discovered on a cross country drive after I retired from teaching. One in the Western Theater, Pea Ridge. I then went on to Wilson's Creek. Here I discovered the book that really grabbed my attention , Actually two books. I asked the park ranger if these two books were good. He said they were classics of Civil War writing .
My most important books were Bell Wiley's John Reb, and Bill Yank. I refer to these two books many times to answer questions . They tell me about the common soldier , my main interest in the War.
I have read many more books since then . Each book adds to my knowledge of the war. I have not read many of the great over view books like Battle Cry of Freedom mainly I have read more detailed books of men , thoughts or campaigns and biographies . I do agree Embattled Courage is an important book . I would list books by Symonds, Holtzer and McPherson as important , Cunninghams book on Shiloh to me was important. It gave me new insights to the battle , one of my favorite places to visit . I am still a Western Theater person . That is where I found the Civil War and where my heart is .
Iam sure others who are Eastern Theater would add books on Gettysburg , I have not read many on that battle as I tend to be interested in the less known ones.