New To the Civil War Memory Library, 02/08

Aaron AstorAaron Astor, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri (Louisiana State University Press, 2012).

Douglas R. Egerton, The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Lorien Foote, The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army (New York University Press, 2010).

Blance M.G. Linden, Silent City on a Hill: Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).

Jeffrey D. Marshall ed., A War of the People: Vermont Civil War Letters (University Press of New England, 1999).

Edward S. Redkey ed., A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army 1861-1865 (Cambridge University Press, 1992).

George Washington Williams, A History of the Negro Troops in the War of Rebellion, 1861-1865 (Fordham University Press, 2012; originally published, 1887).

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  • Will Hickox Feb 10, 2014 @ 17:48

    The only two I have read are A War of the People and History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, although several of the others are on my list. The letters from Vermont soldiers and citizens reprinted in A War of the People are very useful and often surprising in how earthy and salty the soldiers could be in writing home to their loved ones.

    Williams’s work focuses on black soldiers in battle. He was a black union veteran and he offers a useful look at how some Union sympathizers kept the story of Fort Pillow and other massacres alive at a time when many whites, North and South, had retreated from the ugliness of the incidents.

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