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[39th Regt, Illinois Vol. Veteran Inf.] Charles M. Clark, MD (Late Surgeon), (edited by Frederick Charles Decker), YATES PHALANX: The History of the Thirty-Ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Veteran Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 . . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 1994 (reprint of original edition). Illustrations, maps, appendices, index, 419 pages.
~~~ This text provides a detailed history of Illinois' Thirty-Ninth-the Union regiment which named itself 'Yates Phalanx' after the governor of the state. Formed in April 1861, the Thirty-Ninth Illinois Volunteer Veteran Infantry fought in Civil War campaigns from the winter of 1861 to its muster-out on December 6, 1865; indeed, the Thirty-Ninth was the lead regiment that held Lee's forces at Appomattox Court-House.


[61st Illinois Volunteers], Drew D. Dukett, GLIMPSES OF GLORY: The Regimental History of the 61st Illinois Volunteers with Regimental Roster. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2000. Illustrations, maps, full name & subject index, 160 pages.
~~~ "A wonderful story about ordinary men and their families enmeshed in extraordinary events. Glimpses of Glory provides a moving experience of the human dimension of war.”- Dr. Charles E. White. Dr. Charles E. White is the author of The Enlightened Soldier and the former Chief of Military History at the United States Army Infantry School.



[20th Massachusetts Infantry], (Abbott), Robert Garth Scott (ed), FALLEN LEAVES: The Civil War Letters of Major Henry Livermore Abbott. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Kent State University Press, 1992). Illustrations.
~~~ From Booknews: "Abbott, one of the company of young Union officers from Harvard that included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Russell Lowell, and Robert Gould Shaw, fought with the 20th Massachusetts Infantry from October 1861 to May 6, 1864, when he was killed in action. This collection of Abbott's wartime letters to his family and friends, the majority published here for the first time, is accompanied by an introduction and epilogue by Robert Garth Scott and by 36 photographs."



(21st Missouri), Anders, Leslie, THE TWENTY-FIRST MISSOURI FROM HOME GUARD TO UNION REGIMENT. Greenwood Press, 1975. NEW copy. Hardcover, issued without dust jacket. "Contributions in Military History, Number 11". Photos, maps, bibliographic essay, index, 298 pages.


New York

Katcher, Philip, BUILDING THE VICTORY: The Order Book of the Volunteer Engineer Brigade, Army of the Potomac. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. White Mane Books, 1998. Photographs, maps, notes, index, 125 pages.
~~~ If the infantry bore the brunt of Civil War combat, it was the engineers who got them to where they could fight. Engineers built the roads and bridges that allowed the troops to move forward and their supplies to reach the front. The Union's Army of the Potomac, that force gathered around Washington early in the war to take Richmond, capital of the Confederacy, was at first served by the regular U.S. Army's battalion of engineers. When this force proved too small to handle all the building of works to support over 100,000 men in the field, two volunteer regiments from New York were organized and placed into what became the Volunteer Engineer Brigade."
~~~ From Booknews: "Contains orders from three years of war -- 1863 to 1865 -- augmented with an introduction, explanations or what specific orders mean, and indications of the activities of brigade member units at that time. Includes special orders, orders that pertain to individuals only, and general orders which pertain to the entire brigade.


[9th New York Heavy Artillery], Lisa Saunders, EVER TRUE: Civil War letters of Seward’s New York 9th Heavy Artillery of Wayne and Cayuga Counties between a soldier, his wife and his Canadian family. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2002. Photographs, 202 pages.
~~~ The transcribed letters of Charles McDowell and his wife, Nancy, display remarkable devotion, and offer readers a unique perspective of the Civil War. Read little known details about: hangings; prostitution; amputations; desertions; theft and murder among Union troops; personal contacts with Lincoln and Seward (of "Seward's Alaskan Folly"); battles of Cold Harbor, Jerusalem Plank Road, Monocacy, Opequon, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, the Siege of Petersburg, Moseby's Men, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The 9th Heavy Artillery was a part of the 9th Corps. This story is cohesive and informative yet charming and romantic in a very personal way.


[13th New York Artillery], Guy Breshears, LOYAL TILL DEATH: A Diary of the 13th New York Artillery. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2003. Bibliography, index, 486 pages.
~~~ The 13th New York Artillery Battery served from October 1861-July 1865 in the Union army during the Civil War. This unit participated in some famous battles (Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Atlanta) as well as numerous smaller engagements. Masses of papers generated by this unit offer candid comments on those battles as well as daily camp life and the personalities of many of the officers and men. This book comprises orders, reports, memos, personal letters, etc., received and issued by the officers of the unit during this time. It is organized in the form of a “unit diary” and could be considered what the battery would have written if it could. Some of the most beautifully crafted letters by any soldier in the Civil War were written by William Wheeler, who served as captain of the 13th until his death in June of 1864. Until now, these letters were available only in a privately published collection printed in 1875. Few libraries have that volume, and many of the best historians of the Civil War have never seen the letters or even heard of Wheeler. Appendices round out this comprehensive work, providing information on unit service, officers, battles, a brief historical sketch of the unit, inscriptions on war monuments, and the eulogy for William Wheeler.


(21st NewYork Cavalry) Bonnell, John C., Jr., SABRES IN THE SHENANDOAH: The 21st New York Cavalry, 1863-1866. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Burd Street Press, 1996). Photographs, maps, biographical sketches, regimental & company rosters, notes, bibliography, index, 377 pages. The 21st NY Cavalry fought at the Battle of New Market & in the Shenandoah Valley against both Mosby & Early.


(79th New York Cameron Highlanders), McKnight, W. Mark,. BLUE BONNETS O'ER THE BORDER: The 79th New York Cameron Highlanders.White Mane Publishing Company, 1998. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Photographs, engravings, drawings, maps, an appendix on the "Uniform, Equipment & Pipers of the Highlanders", notes, bibliography, index, 185 pages.



[116th Ohio Volunteer Inf.], Earley, Gerald, I BELONG TO THE 116th: A Narrative of the 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2004. Index, 318 pages.
~~~ Composed of yeomen from the "butternut" portion of Ohio, the 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry fought with distinction in some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Colonel James Washburn acknowledged the unit's distinguished combat record during an address following the Battle of Cedar Creek in October 1864: "You have made for your regiment a name and a fame that will outlive you all, and to which your children and your children's children will point with pride in the years of the future." The 116th was present at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered to ensure that they could, in their own words, "hand down to generations to come, this glorious Union of ours."


(120th Ohio Infantry) Frey, Jerry,. GRANDPA'S GONE: The Adventures of Daniel Buchwalter in the Western Army, 1862-1865. Shippensburg, PA.: Burd Street Press., 1998. F/VG. A small chip at spine bottom of jacket, otherwise book & jacket in "as new" condition. Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index., 227 pages. Buchwalter served with the 120th Ohio Infantry in the Vicksburg, Red River and Mobile campaigns.



(6th Regiment U.S. Colored Infantry) Paradis, James M., STRIKE THE BLOW FOR FREEDOM: The 6th United States Infantry in the Civil War. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (White Mane Publishing Company, 1998). Photographs, maps, tables, graphs, muster roll, notes, bibliography, index, 203 pages. History of the "Sable Arm", the 6th Regt of U.S. Colored Infantry, which fought at Dutch Gap Canal, Petersburg, Richmond, Fort Fisher, and New Marrket Heights. Three of its members were winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor.


click to enlarge [85th Pennsylvania Regiment], Clendaniel, Dan. SUCH HARD AND SEVERE SERVICE: The 85th Pennsylvania in the Civil War. Volume I, 1861-1863. NEW copy. Paperback, 8.5x11. (Morgantown: Monongahela Books, 2019). Maps, photographs, illustrations. Notes, index, appendices, 268 pages.

~~~~~~ The story of the 85th Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War began with being shamed at Seven Pines to ultimately playing a key role in Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. In between, there was disease, adventure in North Carolina, bombardment around Charleston, and missed opportunities between Richmond and Petersburg. This work, filled with primary source quotations from the participants, chronicles the will and determination of a Union regiment that hailed from the area of southwestern Pennsylvania made famous two generations earlier by the Whiskey Rebellion, a challenge to federal authority seventy years before Fort Sumter. This, the first of three projected volumes, covers the years 1861 to 1863. Volume Two will cover 1864 to 1865, and Volume Three will contain biographies of both officers and soldiers. Extensively illustrated throughout with period photographs and drawings, as well as eighteen maps, timeline, and detailed footnotes.


click to enlarge [85th Pennsylvania Regiment], Clendaniel, Dan. SUCH HARD AND SEVERE SERVICE: The 85th Pennsylvania in the Civil War. Volume II, 1864-1865. NEW copy. Paperback, 8.5x11. (Morgantown: Monongahela Books, 2021). Maps, photographs, illustrations. Notes, index, appendices.

~~~~~~ This second volume on the history of the 85th Pennsylvania regiment begins in 1864 and continues until Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Volume I covered the organization of the regiment, the Battle of Seven Pines, the Goldsboro Expedition and operations around Charleston, South Carolina. Volume II begins with an assault on Whitemarsh Island near Savannah, then reviews the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, a large-scale prisoner exchange, the assault on Fort Gregg near Petersburg, and the key role played by the 85th Pennsylvania and their brigade at Appomattox. Follow the regiment through their own words and those of the men with whom they fought with and against. A final chapter charts their annual postwar reunions in which they renewed friendships, swapped stories and celebrated their role in the nation's greatest conflict.


(100th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry), Gavin, William Gilfillan (editor), INFANTRYMAN PETTIT: The Civil War Letters of Cpl Frederick Pettit. Avon Books, 1991., NEW. PAPERBACK. Very slight crease on spine. Maps, photographs, appendices, company roster [Co. C, 100th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry], bibliography, index, 196 pp.



[12th Vermont] (Benedict) Ward, Eric (ed), ARMY LIFE IN VIRGINIA: The Civil War Letters of George C. Benedict. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Stackpole Books, 2002).
~~~ George G. Benedict was one of thousands of young men who enlisted for the Union cause in the late summer of 1862 when the outcome of the Civil War was yet to be decided. But in addition to his duties as a soldier, Benedict also worked as a correspondent for his hometown newspaper, the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press. Benedict's thirty-one letters gave the folks back home a firsthand account of army life in the Civil War. Now, by supplementing these letters with official documents, newspaper accounts, and comrade's letters, editor Eric Ward expands on this account, providing a fuller and more accurate picture of army life in Virginia.


West Virginia

(12th West Virginia Regiment) Duncan, Richard R. (ed),. ALEXANDER NEIL AND THE LAST SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPAIGN: Letters of an Army Surgeon to his Family, 1864. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (White Mane Publishing Company, 1996). Photograph, map, notes, bibliography, index, 140 pages. Neil was Assistant Surgeon of the 12th West Virginia Regiment, and served during the Battle of New Market, Winchester and Cedar Creek, and the occupation of Richmond.



(Iron Brigade), Matrau, Henry, LETTERS HOME: Henry Matrau of the Iron Brigade. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (University of Nebraska Press, 1993). First Edition. Preface, Letters, Epilogue, section of thirty seperate biographies of persons mentioned in the letters, Notes, Index. 166 pp.
~~~ "This volume comprises sixty-three previously unpublished letters from a young Civil War soldier to his family...written while he served in the Sixth Wisconsin Regiment, one of the units of the acclaimed 'Iron Brigade.' Only sixteen when he joined the Union army in 1861, Henry Matrau rose to the rank of captain during his four years of wartime service. He took part in many of the major engagements of the war: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and the siege of Petersburg. In his letters, Matrau describes camp life: the food, uniforms & equipment, reading materials, & medical care available to him and his comrades. Other incidents recounted include the capture and transfer of 'contraband' slaves, the execution of a Union army deserter, friendly exchanges between Union and Confederate soldiers on picket, & tours of Richmond's Libby & Castle Thunder prisons after the war. These letters reflect Matrau's maturing as a soldier, from his youthful enthusiasm early in 1862 when he boasts of becoming proficient with a bayonet, to the combat-weary, veteran fighter who admits in Spring 1863 that he has 'seen the elephant' and is ready to come home."


Union Divisions

(Union 2nd Division, VI Corps) Mudgett, Timothy B. MAKE THE FUR FLY: A History of a Union Volunteer Division in the American Civil War. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Shippensburg, PA.: Burd Street Press, 1997). Photographs, maps, chronology, regimental rollcall, notes, bibliography, index, 166 pages. History of the Union 2nd Division, VI Corps, from its formation during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862 through the following campaigns: American Civil War, Savage Station, Antitetam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864, and the final assault on Petersburg.


Unit Histories:


[17th Alabama Inf. CSA], Illene D. and Wilbur E. Thompson, THE SEVENTEENTH ALABAMA INFANTRY: Compiled Military Service Records of the 63rd Alabama Infantry CSA with Rosters of Some Companies of the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militia CSA. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2001 Appendices, bibliography, fullname & subject index, 487 pages.
~~~ This work provides a remarkable account of the involvement of the 17th Alabama Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. The 17th Regiment was organized September 5, 1861, at Montgomery, Alabama. The 17th was mustered into the Confederate Army with a full regiment of ten companies and approximately 900 men. This book explores personal aspects of the soldiers as well as their reactions to events surrounding them. Much of their story is told using their own words, where available, from diaries, letters and military reports. Descriptions of the following military assignments are included: the coastal defense duties in Pensacola, the bloodbath at Shiloh, coastal defense at Mobile, the Battle of Atlanta, the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville. The appendices list a roster for the entire regiment with over 2,800 names, from each of the ten companies, listed in alphabetical order. Individual entries in the roster include: date and location of enlistment, disease, injury, capture and imprisonment, and discharge or parole. Date and location of birth, death and burial are listed, if known. A medical glossary and casualty lists can also be found in the appendices.


[26th Alabama Inf Regt. CSA], James H. Walker and Robert Curren, THOSE GALLANT MEN OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH ALABAMA CONFEDERATE INFANTRY REGIMENT. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, (1997) 2005. Index, 398 pages.
~~~ The authors provide a thorough listing of 1,648 men who belonged to the 28th Alabama Confederate Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and vividly describe the gallant men's lives before, during and after the conflict. The regiment was composed of ten companies of men, recruited from eight central Alabama counties: Blount, Dallas, Jefferson, Marshall, Perry, Shelby, Talladega and Walker. Some of the men were from plantations in the wealthy "black belt" region of Alabama, while others were from poor "one mule farms" from the hill country of the state. This work includes the diary of Captain Isaac McAdory, who recorded the day-by-day activities of the regiment and its participation in seven major battles and numerous skirmishes from the time of its organization in 1862 until its surrender in 1865. One of the strangest occurrences in modern military history was to fall upon the regiment when General Braxton Bragg had two of its members assassinated by firing squad for going AWOL. By the time the Civil War ended, 529 men from this regiment had been hospitalized, 395 had become prisoners of war, and 403 had lost their lives in battle. The first third of the book gives the background and organizational history of the regiment and a photograph of its battle flag of silk, designed by the renowned artist Nicola Marshall, who also designed the original Confederate battle flag. The bulk of the book is an appendix which summarizes the men's service records, and hospital and death records, and presents a glossary of medical terms, biographical sketches, and census records of many of their families. An everyname index completes the work. As a historian and genealogist, James Walker has presented a work from which researchers, historians and Civil War buffs will greatly benefit, while getting to know the remarkable men, those gallant men, of the 28th Alabama Confederate Infantry Regiment.


[35th Alabama Infantry. CSA], Leroy F. Banning, REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF THE 35th ALABAMA INFANTRY. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 1999. Maps, charts, 152 pages.
~~~ This book, written in diary format, follows this Confederate Civil War unit from its creation around a nucleus of the cadets from the LaGrange Military Academy in LaGrange, Alabama, on March 1, 1862, to its surrender at Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 2, 1865. The unit was heavily involved with the campaign to hold Mississippi, but also fought in Alabama, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the many battles to defend Atlanta, Georgia. The battle at "bloody" Franklin, Tennessee, saw the virtual destruction of the unit. An alphabetical list of the 726 men known to have served in the regiment is included, providing biographical material, rank and details from medical, prisoner of war and death records.


click to enlarge [59th Alabama Volunteer Regt. CSA], John Michael Burton. , GRACIE'S ALABAMA VOLUNTEERS: The History of the Fifty-ninth Alabama Volunteer Regiment. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 6x9. 33 b&w photos, 9 illustrations, 7 maps, appendix, bibliography, index, 192 pages.

~~~ The Fifty-ninth Alabama Volunteer Regiment, led by the New york-born Brig. Gen. Archibald Gracie, Jr., saw heavy action at Beans Station, Tennessee, and in Virginia at the battles of Richmond and Petersburg. It was one of the few confederate regiments that lost more men to the musket than to disease during the Civil War. Quoting from authentic letters, the author describes the regiment’s odyssey from its origins as Hilliard’s Alabama Legion to its final days as part of the Army of Northern Virginia. Complete muster rolls are included.
~~~ The author’s great-great-grandfather, William Tate Burton, volunteered at the age of twenty-nine and was with Gracie’s regiment for the entire war. When injuries kept him from active combat, he served the regiment in the demanding and dangerous role of teamster, driving the heavy wagons filled with crucial weapons and supplies.


[63rd Alabama Inf. CSA], Arthur E. Green, TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: Compiled Military Service Records of the 63rd Alabama Infantry CSA with Rosters of Some Companies of the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militia CSA. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2001 Illustrations, 234 pages.
~~~ An interesting and useful genealogical research aide, this unit history contains the records of 1,133 young Alabama men who joined the war late, fought in battle and were captured at Blakeley, Alabama. Upon capture, they were sent as prisoners to Ship Island near Biloxi, Mississippi. Of these young men, many being 17 or younger, almost all survived the war, which makes their records interesting and important to researchers. This work contains muster rolls and rosters, and service records for the 2nd Alabama Regiment Reserves, which was organized in August 1864. Its designation changed between March and May 1865 to the 63rd Alabama Infantry Volunteers. Many of the service record entries include the soldier’s name, company, rank, date mustered, a physical description, where he was stationed, when and why he was released from the service, and place of residence. Also included are some records for the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militias. This book contains illustrations of the U.S. Hospital Steamer, D.A. January and the flag of the 2nd Alabama Reserves/63rd Infantry CSA.



(8th Georgia Infantry Regiment), Warren Wilkinson & Steven E. Woodworth, A SCYTHE OF FIRE: A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2002). Photographs, appendices, notes, index, 340 pages.
~~~ The men of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment answered the Confederate call to arms in the spring of 1861. They fought hard in most major battles of the war, including Bull Run and Gettysburg, enduring heartbreaking losses and finally, at Appomattox, witnessing their ultimate defeat. ~~~ A Scythe of Fire tells the remarkable story of this regiment, which held together through long years of victory, defeat, and despair. The magnificent product of meticulous research, Warren Wilkinson and Steven E. Woodworth's stirring chronicle brings the conflict alive through the eyes of the courageous men who fought and died on the nation's battlefields. Based on personal accounts, diaries, letters, and other primary sources, A Scythe of Fire is the history of the Eighth Georgia as experienced by those who carried its standard into battle: doctors and farmers, landowners and simple folk -- each dedicated to victory, yet proud and unbroken in the face of defeat.
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT.


[14th Georgia Inf. Regt. CSA], Ray Dewberry, HISTORY OF THE 14th GEORGIA INFANTRY REGIMENT. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, 2001 Index, 130 pages.
~~~ This book covers the period of the U.S. Civil War and provides a detailed combat history of the 14th Georgia Infantry regiment of Lee's army. The story is constructed around quotations from letters written home from soldiers of Company A of this regiment to summarize the actions of the 14th Georgia in the complete period of fighting from the days immediately following 1st Manassas right up through the end at Appomattox Courthouse. The story was initiated to provide a history of this regiment to the descendents of one of its veterans-Private Aaron Jackson Dewberry of Monroe, Georgia. It evolved into a personal story including all of the veterans from Company A in this regiment. The narrative includes an individual accounting of each of the 119 veterans of the company and will be of especial interest to all of their descendents. The narrative and action is placed in the Virginia campaigns of Robert E. Lee's army. From the narrative and letters quoted, the reader will be placed at thirteen battlefield sites including detailed action accounts of Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, and Appomattox. Confederate descendents of the veterans of Company A of the 14th Georgia Regiment will find this a stirring accounting of their ancestor's experiences


[15th Georgia Regt. CSA], J. David Dameron, BENNING'S BRIGADE, Volume 1: A History and Roster of the Fifteenth Georgia. . NEW copy. Trade paperback. Heritage Books, (1997) 2003. Photographs, maps, charts, index, 212 pages.
~~~ This work provides a history and roster of the individual regiments which comprised the unit. First and primarily, the book is intended to accurately reflect the composition, strength, and disposition of the brigade, chronologically, throughout the Civil War, from its inception to its ultimate demobilization. Secondly, the narrative is filled with excerpts from diaries, journals, correspondence, and reports from the officers and men that wrote them. These personal reflections are intended to provide the reader with an intimate and uniquely southern perspective of the American Civil War. A detailed analysis of the brigade at the regimental and company level provides an accurate graphic and historical representation, and the roster of the regiment highlights each soldier individually. More than half the regiment did not survive the war; however, their legacy survived and they are forever an integral part of our American heritage.



[Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion] Trout, Robert J., GALLOPING THUNDER: The Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion. Stackpole Books, 2002. Photographs, maps, appendices, bibliography, index. 786 pages.
~~~ From The Civil War News: "Robert J. Trout will be known to aficionados of Confederate cavalry for They Followed the Plume (1993) and With Pen and Saber (1995), accounts of the lives and writings of Jeb Stuart’s staff officers. Galloping Thunder, a comprehensive history of the various companies of the Stuart Horse Artillery, will add further luster to Trout’s standing as a preeminent historian of Robert E. Lee’s mounted arm.
~~~ Galloping Thunder is not a standard unit history, focusing on battles, leaders and their decisions in combat. Rather, it is a history of the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion told through the letters, diary entries and postwar reminiscences of the men in the ranks of its various batteries.
~~~ The Alabamian and West Point graduate John Pelham formed the first of these batteries, a unit of “Mounted Fly-ing Artillery,” in late 1861. By the end of the war the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion had grown to 10 batteries, and participated in every battle and campaign of the Army of Northern Virginia. Some batteries also fought in the 1862 and 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns and in Joseph E. Johnston’s Carolinas campaign, completing an impressive record of combat service.
~~~ The tenures of the Stuart Horse Artillery’s three battalion commanders form natural dividing points for this book; Trout has organized his narrative around those three commanders, whose actions and personalities did much to shape the performance of their men. Pelham, the battalion’s first commander, is instantly known to most readers of Civil War history as “The Gallant Pelham,” the very personification of the dashing Rebel officer. Pelham became Stuart’s artillery battalion commander in early 1862, and led the battalion in the Peninsula, Second Manassas and Maryland campaigns.
~~~ Pelham gained his reputation, however, for his exploits at Fredericksburg, where on Dec. 13, 1862, he and a two-gun section occupied a position forward of the Confederate defensive line, in full view of his commanders, and did significant damage to attacking Union forces before withdrawing. Trout tells this familiar story, as he does all others, through the eyes of the artillerists who manned the guns. Pelham paid for his aggressive leadership with his life, however, as he was killed in a cavalry action at Kelly’s Ford, Virginia, in March 1863.
~~~ Two succeeding commanders, West Pointer Robert F. Beckham and VMI graduate Roger Preston Chew, led the battalion capably for the remainder of the war. For Chew in particular, the position of battalion commander was a natural fit, because many of the men he commanded in an earlier artillery battery became members of the Stuart Horse Artillery.
~~~ Galloping Thunder is exhaustively researched, making use of numerous manuscript collections and published reminiscences. This gold mine of primary source material will appeal to students of Confederate cavalry, and of the Army of Northern Virginia, but not to the general reader. The author assumes a certain familiarity with the Eastern Theater’s broad operational outlines, and focuses intensively on the experience of combat and military life from the perspective of enlisted soldiers and junior officers. At $44.95, sticker shock may also prevent all but the most ardent readers of Confederate history from purchasing the book..
~~~ The long passages from letters and diaries tend to interrupt the flow of the narrative, perhaps an unavoidable con-dition given the author’s intent, but this does not detract from the real value of this book. As Mr. Trout notes in his opening chapter, “It should be remembered that these men were simply human beings caught up in a titanic struggle, the scope of which few of them comprehended. Once drawn into the conflict, most of them endeavored to do what duty required and made every effort to stay alive while doing so.”
~~~ The essential humanity of the Civil War soldier shines forth from the collected words of Galloping Thunder. Robert J. Trout has created a fascinating twist on the traditional unit history.



click to enlarge [Confederate Missouri State Guard], Deryl P. Sellmeyer. JO SHELBY'S IRON BRIGADE. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 6x9. 99 b&w photos, 13 maps, notes, bibliography, index, 384 pages.

~~~ Gen. Joseph Orville Shelby's involvement in the Civil War began when he raised a cavalry company for Southern service after refusing a commission in the Federal army. Shelby's company of Rangers became known as the most disciplined company in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard. General Shelby's reputation as a fierce commander on the battlefield coexisted with his reputation for acts of compassion toward prisoners of war and innocent civilians. His actions were actuated by his principles, and he permitted no dishonorable act. He was relentless in the punishment of crimes against the weak and helpless, showing regard for all civilians. One example illustrating this occurred prior to the war, when he single-handedly faced down a lynch mob in Lexington, Missouri, to rescue a man who had insisted on his right to vote for Abraham Lincoln at the polls. Shelby's actions set a high standard of courage and honor for his men. While he was not sentimental over fallen comrades, he did not subject his men to dangers that he did not face himself. As a result, the men of Shelby's Brigade idolized him and followed him without question.
~~~ Every march, camp, and battle that could be identified from reliable source material is incorporated here in this thoroughly researched book. Information was obtained from officers' reports and correspondence from both armies, the National Archives and Records Service, newspapers from that period, articles written by veterans after the war, and the memoirs of Confederate brigadier general M. Jeff Thompson, who temporarily commanded Shelby's Brigade near the end of the war.
~~~ Jo Shelby was motivated by his unselfish belief in the rightness of the cause of Southern independence. He was a true Southern patriot and his accomplishments place him among the top Confederate cavalry generals. After the war he was beloved by the men who had fought for him and even, over time, by his past adversaries. His life is worthy of study and reflection, for his actions embody the best qualities of the American soldier.


North Carolina

click to enlarge [Clark's North Carolina Regiments. CSA], Davis, Charles C. CLARK'S REGIMENTS: An Extended Index to the Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-65. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 6x9. Bibliography, 504 pages.

~~~ Consider this the "missing chapter" to the classic Clark's Regiments. This thoroughly-researched index provides information on every person, place, thing, and event involving North Carolina's soldiers during the War Between the States. Whenever possible, soldiers and sailors are identified by name, rank and company, battalion, or regiment. Charles C. Davis also designates battles by date and notes each vessel's duties and allegiance. An invaluable tool for students, history buffs, and genealogists, this index can be used as a cross-reference by anyone interested in Confederate history. More specifically, Clark's Regiments: An Extended Index will be invaluable to everyone researching North Carolina's contribution to the Confederate War effort.


[Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade] Earl J. Hess, LEE'S TAR HEELS: The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index. 437 pages.
~~~ The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in the summer of 1862, the brigade spent many months protecting supply lines in its home state before it was thrust into its first major combat at Gettysburg. There, James Johnston Pettigrew's men pushed back the Union's famed Iron Brigade in vicious fighting on July 1 and played a key role in Pickett's Charge on July 3, in the process earning a reputation as one of the hardest-fighting units in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Lee's Tar Heels tells the story of the men who made up the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade, which included the 11th, 26th, 44th, and 52nd North Carolina Regiments. Earl Hess chronicles the unit's formation and growth under Pettigrew and its subsequent exploits under William W. Kirkland and William MacRae. Beyond recounting the brigade's military engagements, Hess draws on letters, diaries, memoirs, and service records to explore the camp life, medical care, social backgrounds, and political attitudes of these gallant Tar Heels. He also addresses the continuing debate between North Carolinians and Virginians over responsibility for the failure of Pickett's Charge.
~~~ Currently in print at $39.95.



click to enlarge [9th Tennessee Inf. Regt. CSA], Fleming, James R.. , THE CONFEDERATE NINTH TENNESSEE INFANTRY. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 6x9. 25 b&w photos, 10 maps, 1 table, notes, bibliography, index, 304 pages.

~~~ Here is the story of the Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry, known as the “Southern Confederates,” one of the most well-educated, zealously religious, and unbelievably gallant groups of men to engage in the American Civil War. Using the soldiers’ actual letters, memoirs, war records, and obituaries, James R. Fleming documents this immortal “band of brothers,” which included five of his own ancestors, as they endure the privations of life on the western front. This valuable historical and genealogical resource also includes discussions of the battles at Columbus, Perryville, and Atlanta, as well as the regiment’s Order of Battle and each soldier’s service record.
~~~ The Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry contains a wealth of archival information taken from primary sources. The letters and reminiscences of Capt. James I. Hall, an educator who joined the war to watch over his young students, are published here in full for the first time. The author has also included C. B. Simonton’s detailed contemporary account of the unit’s organization, as well as transcripts of the speeches given at the presentation and acceptance of the company’s first flag. Mr. Fleming also features a regimental chronology and a roster containing approximately eleven hundred official war records from the Compiled Service Records.



(4th Virginia Cavalry), Stiles, Kenneth L., 4TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY. H.E. Howard, Inc., Lynchburg, Virginia, 1985., NF/VG. Slight ink mark to bottom front corner of DJ. DJ in mylar protector. SIGNED BY AUTHOR & NUMBERED: #8 of 1000. Maps, photographs. List of officers by unit, plus muster roll of some 1900 men with service record of each man. Extensive bibliograp hy, 154 pp. The 4th Virginia Cavalry was one of the largest regiments in JEB Stuart's cavalry corps.


(4th Virginia Cavalry), Original Document,, QUARTERMASTER'S INVOICE, CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA.. VG. Two invoices printed on one 12"x 7.5" sheet. Originally folded in quarters, then folded again in half. Now flattened. 1/4" tears at two centerfolds. Each invoice is printed identically as follows: in ornate typface: "Confederate States of America", and below it, in plain typeface: QUARTERMASTER'S DEPARTMENT". Below that, in ornate typeface, is printed: "Invoice of Quartermaster's Stores this day turned over to..." At bottom of each invoice is printed: "YORK TOWN, VA." and, below it, " 1 8 6 2 ". Both invoices are filled out and signed by Captain J.B. White and dated April 25th, and itemize sizeable stores of corn, hay & bran, to be turned over to Capt J.H. Heath of the the 4th Virginia Cavalry. Captain Jessie Hartwell Heath, Company F, thirty years of age, had been appointed Quartermaster Captain of the 4th V.C. the previous November. He would be parolled out in late April, 1865, and would die the following year. (I have not been able to trace the identity of Capt White) . On the date this invoice was written, the 4th V.C. was reorganizing in Yorktown, electing a new commanding officer for itself, LtCol Williams C. Wickham. In a few days the regiment would cover the Confederate withdrawal to Williamsburg in the face of Federal incursions. The 4th Virginia Cavalry was one of the largest regiments in JEB Stuart's cavalry corps. Four companies of the 4th, assigned to the 1st Virginia Cavalry, would participate in Stuart's "Ride Round McClellan" a few weeks later . Fifty-five members of the 4th were present with Lee at his surrender at Appomattox.



(Stonewall Brigade), Robertson, James I. Jr., THE STONEWALL BRIGADE. VG+. Trade paperback. (Louisiana State University Press, 1989). Photographs, page notes, bibliography, appendix: "Companies in the Stonewall Brigade", index. 271 pp.