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|Posted: Mon Oct 1st, 2007 02:46 am||
|I will name 10 civil war campaigns and then I ask you to recommend a book on that campaign. Do as many or as few of the 10 as you like. Also, the book doesn't have to cover the entire campaign; it can be just one small portion of it. I will also give my recommendations:
I have added some books I have used in my Wikipedia campaign articles. Hal
The 1862 Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers (February 1862 - June 1862): Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 by Edward Cunningham
Earlier in that campaign, one of the best CW books in my library:
Gott, Kendall D., Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry—Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862, Stackpole books, 2003, ISBN 0-8117-0049-6.
Jackson's Valley Campaign (March 1862 - June 1862): Stonewall in the Valley: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862 by Robert G. Tanner
The Peninsula Campaign (March 1862 - July 1862): Extraordinary Circumstances: The Seven Days Battles by Brian K. Burton
Sears is very readable, but lacks some in the battle accuracy:
Sears, Stephen W., To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign, Ticknor and Fields, 1992, ISBN 0-89919-790-6.
The Northern Virginia Campaign (August 1862): Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain by Robert K. Krick
Hennessy, John J., Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas, University of Oklahoma Press, 1993, ISBN 0-806 1-3187-X.
The Maryland Campaign (September 1862): Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 by Joseph L. Harsh
Sears, Stephen W., Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, Houghton Mifflin, 1983, ISBN 0-89919-172-X.
The Vicksburg Campaign (December 1862 - July 1863): Ninety-Eight Days: A Geographer's View of the Vicksburg Campaign by Warren E. Grabau
Bearss, Edwin C., The Vicksburg Campaign, 3 volumes, Morningside Press, 1991, ISBN 0-89029-308-2.
The Gettysburg Campaign (June 1863 - July 1863): Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign by Kent Masterson Brown
Coddington, Edwin B., The Gettysburg Campaign; a study in command, Scribner's, 1968, ISBN 0-684-84569-5.
Sears, Stephen W., Gettysburg, Houghton Mifflin, 2003, ISBN 0-395-86761-4.
(of course, there are dozens of books on the battle itself)
The Overland Campaign (May 1864 - June 1864): To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13-25, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea
That covers only a little slice, although Rhea is excellent. (He also has a new coffee-table photo book on the campaign, In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee: The Wilderness Through Cold Harbor.) A good overview is:
Grimsley, Mark, And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864, University of Nebraska Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8032-2162-2.
The Atlanta Campaign (May 1864 - September 1864): The Campaign for Atlanta by William R. Scaife
The Carolinas Campaign (February 1865 - March 1865): Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville by Mark L. Bradley
See here if you're not sure which battles belong in which campaign named above.