The Essential Civil War

A Handbook to the Battles, Armies, Navies and Commanders

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About the Book

From 1861 through 1865, strife tore apart the United States. So divided was the country that even today, there are practically two versions of Civil War history—Confederate and Union. Attempting to sort out this record is not made any easier by the fact that there is no official nomenclature. The South, for example, tended to name battles based on the nearest town or region, while the North generally referred to the same skirmish by the nearest landmark or geographical feature. Therefore, finding the facts with a minimum of information can be a daunting task.
This book brings together in an easy-to-use format the essential facts of the Civil War. The book aims to be quickly and precisely informative rather than comprehensive. The first section concentrates on individual topics, each of which is organized alphabetically and thoroughly cross-referenced. These provide details regarding the battles, armies and commanders of the Civil War. In the second half of the work, information is presented chronologically. Each year is chronicled, with all significant happenings listed by date. Appendices provide a glossary of contemporary terms; an alphabetical listing of ships from both navies; and basic biographical information on all commanders.

About the Author(s)

Retired from the Dallas Police Department Jayne E. Blair is a Senior Tour Guide at Montpelier, the home of President James Madison. She lives in Ruckersville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Jayne E. Blair
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 320
Bibliographic Info: charts, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2472-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0676-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
List of Charts      viii
Preface      1
How to Use This Book      3
Introduction      7

1. The Armies      11
2. The Battles      19
3. The Officers      33
4. The Men      43
5. The War      49
6. 1861      58
7. 1862      75
8. 1863      106
9. 1864      140
10. 1865      198
11. Casualties      224

Appendix I. Glossary      231
Appendix II. The Armies      243
Appendix III. The Ships      255
Appendix IV. The Commanders      269
Chapter Notes      291
Bibliography      293
Index      297

Book Reviews & Awards

“essential…recommended”—Booklist.