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Conquered

by Larry J. Daniel The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2019)

Operating in the vast and varied trans-Appalachian west, the Army of Tennessee was crucially important to the military fate of the Confederacy. But under the principal leadership of generals such as Braxton...


France and the American Civil War

by Stève Sainlaude, Jessica Edwards & Don H. Doyle The University of North Carolina Press (February 05, 2019)

France's involvement in the American Civil War was critical to its unfolding, but the details of the European power's role remain little understood. Here, Steve Sainlaude offers the first comprehensive history...


Raising the White Flag

by David Silkenat The University of North Carolina Press (February 27, 2019)

The American Civil War began with a laying down of arms by Union troops at Fort Sumter, and it ended with a series of surrenders, most famously at Appomattox Courthouse. But in the intervening four years, both...


Private Confederacies

by James J. Broomall The University of North Carolina Press (January 10, 2019)

How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the emotional worlds...


Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee

by Larry J. Daniel The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

In Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee Larry Daniel offers a view from the trenches of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. his book is not the story of the commanders, but rather shows in intimate detail what...


The Confederate Republic

by George C. Rable The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Although much has been written about the ways in which Confederate politics affected the course of the Civil War, George Rable is the first historian to investigate Confederate political culture in its own right....


Embattled Freedom

by Amy Murrell Taylor The University of North Carolina Press (October 26, 2018)

The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy....


River of Death--The Chickamauga Campaign

by William Glenn Robertson The University of North Carolina Press (October 03, 2018)

The Battle of Chickamauga was the third bloodiest of the American Civil War and the only major Confederate victory in the conflict's western theater. It pitted Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee against William...


Fighting for Atlanta

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (October 03, 2018)

As William T. Sherman's Union troops began their campaign for Atlanta in the spring of 1864, they encountered Confederate forces employing field fortifications located to take advantage of rugged terrain. While...


Wilson's Creek

by William Garrett Piston & Richard W. Hatcher Iii The University of North Carolina Press (May 01, 2002)

In the summer of 1861, Americans were preoccupied by the question of which states would join the secession movement and which would remain loyal to the Union. This question was most fractious in the border states...


A Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

by A. Wilson Greene & Gary W. Gallagher The University of North Carolina Press (April 17, 2018)

Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War's longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle...


Keep the Days

by Steven M. Stowe The University of North Carolina Press (April 02, 2018)

Americans wrote fiercely during the Civil War. War surprised, devastated, and opened up imagination, taking hold of Americans' words as well as their homes and families. The personal diary—wildly ragged yet...


The Darkest Days of the War

by Peter Cozzens The University of North Carolina Press (December 10, 2017)

During the late summer of 1862, Confederate forces attempted a three-pronged strategic advance into the North. The outcome of this offensive--the only coordinated Confederate attempt to carry the conflict to...


Union in Peril

by Howard Jones The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Jones studies the crisis in Anglo-American relations during the Civil War and its impact on the South's attempt to win foreign support during the crucial years of 1861 and 1862. He argues that the central issue...


Practical Liberators

by Kristopher A. Teters The University of North Carolina Press (April 24, 2018)

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after...


The Loyal Republic

by Erik Mathisen The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2018)

This is the story of how Americans attempted to define what it meant to be a citizen of the United States, at a moment of fracture in the republic's history. As Erik Mathisen demonstrates, prior to the Civil...


Burnside

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Ambrose Burnside, the Union general, was a major player on the Civil War stage from the first clash at Bull Run until the final summer of the war. He led a corps or army during most of this time and played important...


If It Takes All Summer

by William D. Matter The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

The termination of the war and the fate of the Union hung in the balance in May of 1864 as Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac clashed in the Virginia countryside--first...


Richard Taylor

by T. Michael Parrish The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

Using widely scattered and previously unknown primary sources, Parrish's biography of Confederate general Richard Taylor presents him as one of the Civil War's most brilliant generals, eliciting strong performances...


A Place Called Appomattox

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (February 11, 2016)

Although Appomattox Court House is one of the most symbolically charged places in America, it was an ordinary tobacco-growing village both before and after an accident of fate brought the armies of Lee and Grant...


Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery

by Daniel W. Crofts The University of North Carolina Press (February 13, 2016)

In this landmark book, Daniel Crofts examines a little-known episode in the most celebrated aspect of Abraham Lincoln's life: his role as the "Great Emancipator." Lincoln always hated slavery, but he also believed...


Southern Pamphlets on Secession, November 1860-April 1861

by Jon L. Wakelyn The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860 initiated a heated debate throughout the South about what Republican control of the federal government would mean for the slaveholding states. During the...


The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872

by Lyde Cullen Sizer The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

This volume explores the lives and works of nine Northern women who wrote during the Civil War period, examining the ways in which, through their writing, they engaged in the national debates of the time. Lyde...


Pea Ridge

by William L. Shea & Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (June 08, 2011)

The 1862 battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas was one of the largest Civil War engagements fought on the western frontier, and it dramatically altered the balance of power in the Trans-Mississippi. This...


Women at the Front

by Jane E. Schultz The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

As many as 20,000 women worked in Union and Confederate hospitals during America's bloodiest war. Black and white, and from various social classes, these women served as nurses, administrators, matrons, seamstresses,...


Two Great Rebel Armies

by Richard M. McMurry The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Richard McMurry compares the two largest Confederate armies, assessing why Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was more successful than the Army of Tennessee. His bold conclusion is that Lee's army was a better...


Modernizing a Slave Economy

by John Majewski The University of North Carolina Press (April 01, 2011)

What would separate Union and Confederate countries look like if the South had won the Civil War? In fact, this was something that southern secessionists actively debated. Imagining themselves as nation builders,...


Roots of Secession

by William A. Link The University of North Carolina Press (January 21, 2004)

Offering a provocative new look at the politics of secession in antebellum Virginia, William Link places African Americans at the center of events and argues that their acts of defiance and rebellion had powerful...


Germans in the Civil War

by Walter D. Kamphoefner & Wolfgang Helbich The University of North Carolina Press (September 15, 2009)

German Americans were one of the largest immigrant groups in the Civil War era, and they comprised nearly 10 percent of all Union troops. Yet little attention has been paid to their daily lives--both on the...


Calculating the Value of the Union

by James L. Huston The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

While slavery is often at the heart of debates over the causes of the Civil War, historians are not agreed on precisely what aspect of slavery--with its various social, economic, political, cultural, and moral...


Pickett's Charge--The Last Attack at Gettysburg

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2011)

Sweeping away many of the myths that have long surrounded Pickett's Charge, Earl Hess offers the definitive history of the most famous military action of the Civil War. He transforms exhaustive research into...


Wars within a War

by Joan Waugh & Gary W. Gallagher The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

Comprised of essays from twelve leading scholars, this volume extends the discussion of Civil War controversies far past the death of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Contributors address, among other...


A Savage Conflict

by Daniel E. Sutherland The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2009)

While the Civil War is famous for epic battles involving massive armies engaged in conventional warfare, A Savage Conflict is the first work to treat guerrilla warfare as critical to understanding the course...


Fields of Blood

by William L. Shea The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2009)

William L. Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding fighting at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War, which effectively ended Confederate offensive operations...


Mutiny at Fort Jackson

by Michael D. Pierson The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2009)

New Orleans was the largest city--and one of the richest--in the Confederacy, protected in part by Fort Jackson, which was just sixty-five miles down the Mississippi River. On April 27, 1862, Confederate soldiers...


Lee Considered

by Alan T. Nolan The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Of all the heroes produced by the Civil War, Robert E. Lee is the most revered and perhaps the most misunderstood. Lee is widely portrayed as an ardent antisecessionist who left the United States Army only because...


Reluctant Rebels

by Kenneth W. Noe The University of North Carolina Press (May 14, 2010)

After the feverish mobilization of secession had faded, why did Southern men join the Confederate army? Kenneth Noe examines the motives and subsequent performance of "later enlisters." He offers a nuanced view...


Lincoln and the Decision for War

by Russell McClintock The University of North Carolina Press (April 01, 2008)

When Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 prompted several Southern states to secede, the North was sharply divided over how to respond. In this groundbreaking and highly praised book, McClintock follows the decision-making...


Lee's Last Retreat

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2003)

Few events in Civil War history have generated such deliberate mythmaking as the retreat that ended at Appomattox. William Marvel offers the first history of the Appomattox campaign written primarily from contemporary...


Andersonville

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Between February 1864 and April 1865, 41,000 Union prisoners of war were taken to the stockade at Anderson Station, Georgia, where nearly 13,000 of them died. Most contemporary accounts placed the blame for...


West Pointers and the Civil War

by Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2009)

Most Civil War generals were graduates of West Point, and many of them helped transform the U.S. Army from what was little better than an armed mob that performed poorly during the War of 1812 into the competent...


In the Trenches at Petersburg

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (April 01, 2011)

In the Trenches at Petersburg, the final volume of Earl J. Hess's trilogy of works on the fortifications of the Civil War, recounts the strategic and tactical operations around Petersburg during the last ten...


Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (April 01, 2011)

Earl J.Hess's study of armies and fortifications turns to the 1864 Overland Campaign to cover battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Drawing on meticulous research in primary sources and careful examination...


Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Earl J. Hess provides a narrative history of the use of fortifications--particularly trenches and other semi-permanent earthworks--used by Confederate and Union field armies at all major battle sites in the...


Lee's Tar Heels

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in 1862, the brigade spent nearly a year protecting supply lines before being...


Kennesaw Mountain

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (April 22, 2013)

While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing...


The Earl J. Hess Fortifications Trilogy, Omnibus E-book

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2011)

This three-volume Omnibus e-Book set is a collection of Earl J. Hess's definitive works on trench warfare during the Civil War. The set includes:

Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern...


Border War

by Stanley Harrold The University of North Carolina Press (November 08, 2010)

During the 1840s and 1850s, a dangerous ferment afflicted the North-South border region, pitting the slave states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri against the free states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania,...


Glorious Contentment

by Stuart McConnell The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The Grand Army of the Republic, the largest of all Union Army veterans' organizations, was the most powerful single-issue political lobby of the late nineteenth century, securing massive pensions for veterans...


The Alabama and the Kearsarge

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

On June 19, 1864, the Confederate cruiser Alabama and the USS Kearsarge faced off in the English Channel outside the French port of Cherbourg. About an hour after the Alabama fired the first shot, it began to...