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I Shall Be Near to You
A Novel
Written by Erin Lindsay McCabe


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3772-0 (0-8041-3772-2)

In this debut historical novel, based on true events, newlyweds Jeremiah and Rosetta dream of one day acquiring their own farm.  As the Civil War rages around them, Jeremiah enlists hoping the payment he receives will secure their future.  After he departs, Rosetta is overcome by the feeling that her place... Read more >
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American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics

Written by Sean McLachlan
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-494-7 (1-84603-494-9)

While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as “Bleeding Kansas,” armed bands of irregular fighters began to wage war in every... Read more >

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Hallowed Ground
A Walk at Gettysburg
Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-61023-7 (0-609-61023-6)

"The country's most distinguished Civil War historian, a Pulitzer Prize winner (for Battle Cry of Freedom) and professor at Princeton, offers this compact and incisive study of the Battle of Gettysburg."—Publisher's Weekly Read more >
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The Negro's Civil War
How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union
Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3390-4 (1-4000-3390-X)

In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their... Read more >
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What They Fought For 1861-1865

Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47634-8 (0-385-47634-5)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom comes an exceptional and highly original Civil War analysis. McPherson draws on the letters and diaries of nearly one thousand Union and Confederate soldiers, giving voice to the very men who risked their lives in the conflict, in order to examine... Read more >

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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Lincoln's Virtues
An Ethical Biography
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70173-3 (0-375-70173-7)

William Lee Miller’s ethical biography is a fresh, engaging telling of the story of Lincoln’s rise to power. Through careful scrutiny of Lincoln’s actions, speeches, and writings, and of accounts from those who knew him, Miller gives us insight into the moral development of a great politician—one who made the choice... Read more >

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President Lincoln
The Duty of a Statesman
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3416-1 (1-4000-3416-7)

The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world—and back in the nineteenth century a great man held that office. William Lee Miller’s new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president.

Wars waged by American presidents have come to... Read more >
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Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Written by Mary Panzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-143-3 (1-58834-143-7)

Modern memory of the Civil War owes much to the lens of Mathew Brady, one of the most famous and paradoxical figures in American photography. During a career that spanned the 1840s to the 1890s, Mathew Brady consciously set out to capture the pivotal moments of the second half of the... Read more >

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Ulysses S. Grant
Soldier & President
Written by Geoffrey Perret


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75220-9 (0-375-75220-X)

Ulysses S. Grant's story is one of the great American adventures. Geoffrey Perret's account, based on extensive research and using new material, offers fresh insights into Grant the commander and Grant the president. Perret describes Grant's innovative military genius and his efforts to lead the rich, industrialized United States as the... Read more >
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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... Read more >

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"They Have Killed Papa Dead!"
The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance
Written by Anthony S. Pitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-162-5 (1-58642-162-X)

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a central drama of the American experience. Its impact is felt to this day, and the basic story is known to all. Anthony Pitch’s account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John... Read more >

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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?
And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln
Written by Gerald J. Prokopowicz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27929-3 (0-307-27929-4)

Over the course of nine years as scholar-in-residence at the Lincoln Museum, Gerald J. Prokopowicz answered thousands of questions about Abraham Lincoln. Reporters, researchers, students, and especially the 50,000 visitors who come to the museum every year all want to know about the nation's most famous president. Although there have been... Read more >
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John Brown, Abolitionist
The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72615-6 (0-375-72615-2)

An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American history.

Bancroft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Reynolds locates Brown... Read more >
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All for the Union
The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Written by Elisha Hunt Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73828-2 (0-679-73828-2)

  "One of the best firsthand accounts I have read of campaigning and combat in the Civil War" (James M. McPherson), All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later... Read more >
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The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

Written by Leonard L. Richards


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27757-2 (0-307-27757-7)

From award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards, an authoritative and revealing portrait of an overlooked harbinger of the terrible battle yet to come.

When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, Americans of all stripes saw the potential for both wealth and power. Among the more calculating were Southern slave owners. By... Read more >
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The Untold Civil War
Exploring the Human Side of War
Written by James Robertson
Edited by Neil Kagan


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0812-6 (1-4262-0812-X)

Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the... Read more >

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General A.P. Hill
The Story of a Confederate Warrior
Written by James I. Robertson, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73888-6 (0-679-73888-6)

During his brief lifetime, General Ambrose Powell Hill was largely overshadowed by Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Yet “Little Powell” was one of the most gifted and courageous officers in the Confederate Army, a commander whose Light Division played a significant role in many battles including, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg... Read more >
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The Destructive War
William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
Written by Charles Royster


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73878-7 (0-679-73878-9)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and Charles Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association

Through the biographies of two of the Civil War’s most important generals, Royster explores the massive violence the war unleashed—a violence that went quickly and completely out of control and far beyond the expectations of... Read more >
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Abraham Lincoln
An Extraordinary Life
Written by Harry Rubenstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-263-8 (1-58834-263-8)

Like no other American, Abraham Lincoln’s life is entwined with the history and culture of the nation. His rise from poverty to presidency has inspired others to believe in the promise of opportunity; his success in preserving the nation is one of our greatest triumphs; his death is our American tragedy.

To... Read more >

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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Written by Jonathan D. Sarna


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4279-9 (0-8052-4279-1)

A riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community, and on the American political process.

On... Read more >
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Last of the Blue and Gray
Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War
Written by Richard A. Serrano


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-395-6 (1-58834-395-2)

In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf... Read more >
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Gods and Generals
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 29, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-42247-7 (0-345-42247-3)

When Michael Shaara’s classic novel of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels, first appeared, it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an instant classic. Now Michael’s son, Jeff, picks up his father’s legacy, with a gripping novel that begins with the first rumors of war and ends where his father’s landmark book takes... Read more >

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The Last Full Measure
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-43481-4 (0-345-43481-1)

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this... Read more >

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The Last Full Measure
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42548-5 (0-345-42548-0)

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events... Read more >
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