G-Notes: Civil War Edition

This week we have a collection of books about the American Civil War. These range from histories written not long after the war, to personal memoirs to photo books. The books come from several different public domain libraries and are just a tiny bit of the massive collection available to researchers. If you are researching the Civil War era or specific individuals who served, these libraries are invaluable resources.

Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman by James Harvey Kidd

In preparing this book it has not been the purpose of the author to write a complete historical sketch of the Michigan cavalry brigade. Such a history would require a volume as large for the record of each regiment; and, even then, it would fall short of doing justice to the patriotic services of that superb organization. The narrative contained in the following pages is a story of the personal recollections of one of the troopers who rode with Custer, and played a part—small it is true, but still a part—in the tragedy of the civil war.
Civil War diary of Willis B. Keith : Keith, Willis Benson
Letters from Port Royal by Elizabeth Ware Pearson
8 P. M. The acting Provost Marshal has just come aboard with our passports viséed, enabling us to land here, but I don’t care to do that to-night, there being nothing but sand-banks to sleep on, while we have tolerable berths aboard. To-morrow I may go, if there is time before going upstream to Beaufort, though I imagine there is little to see but sand and tents, which look quite as well at a distance.
Reminiscences of the civil war : Gordon, John Brown, 1832-1904
The photographic history of the civil war.. : Miller, Francis Trevelyan, 1877-1959
v. 1. The opening battles.–v. 2. Two years of grim war.–v. 3. The decisive battles.–v. 4. The cavalry.–v. 5. Forts and artillery.–v. 6. The navies.–v. 7. Prisons and hospitals.–v. 8. Soldier life, secret service.–v. 9. Poetry and eloquence of Blue and Gray.–v. 10. Armies and leaders
Downing’s civil war diary : Downing, Alexander G., 1842-
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg by Abner Doubleday
In writing ths narrative, which relates to the decisive campaign which freed the Northern States from invasion, it may not be out of place to state what facilities I have had for observation in the fulfilment of so important a task. I can only say that I was, to a considerable extent, an actor in the scenes I describe, and knew the principal leaders on both sides, in consequence of my association with them at West Point, and, subsequently, in the regular army.
Reminiscences of service with the Twelfth Rhode Island Volunteers, and a memorial of Col. George H. Browne by Pardon E. Tillinghast
Captains of the Civil War by William Wood
Sixty years ago today the guns that thundered round Fort Sumter began the third and greatest modern civil war fought by English-speaking people. This war was quite as full of politics as were the other two–the War of the American Revolution and that of Puritan and Cavalier. But, though the present Chronicle never ignores the vital correlations between statesmen and commanders, it is a book of warriors, through and through.
US Civil War Bookshelf – Gutenberg

2 thoughts on “G-Notes: Civil War Edition

  1. I would like to bring to your attention to what I believe is a unique
    book and an unknown but very moving true story that may be of interest
    for folks with Civil War ancestors–
    Hiram’s Honor: Reliving
    Private Terman’s Civil War, ISBN 978-0615-27812-4. Second Bull Run,
    Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Richmond (Belle Island), and Andersonville are
    prominently featured in the book.

    Step into the Civil War at http://hiramshonor.blogspot.com.


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