My American Civil War book library for wargaming consists of the following titles this is not an exhaustive library is just some of my favourites on the subject.
The American Civil War (1)
The war in the East 1861–May 1863
The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This volume focuses on events in the Virginia theatre during the conflict's first two years, highlighting Union and Confederate strengths and weaknesses, leadership and strategy on each side, and the ways in which events on the battlefield influenced politics, diplomacy, and debates about emancipation. Osprey Essential Histories are complete yet concise studies of each major conflict in history.
The American Civil War (2)
The war in the West 1861–July 1863
The American Civil Wars vast Western Theatre witnessed enormously important military campaigning during the period 1861 - 1863. This book, the third in a four-volume series, examines the geographical, logistical and strategic factors that shaped fighting in this theatre, as well as assessing officers who played key roles . It covers the story of Ulysses S Grant's important capture of rebel positions before marching south to win the battle of Shiloh, as well as that of Albert Sidney Johnston, the pride of the Confederacy. Finally, it details the dramatic events of the siege of Vicksburg, the Confederates final fortress.
The American Civil War (3)
The war in the East 1863–1865
Great battles and famous commanders dominated the military history of the Civil War in the Eastern Theatre during the period 1863-1865. This book includes revealing details of the clash at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the costliest battle ever waged in the Western Hemisphere, but, contrary to common belief, puts forward the theory that it was not a great turning point in the war. This book also examines the events that led to Robert E Lee accepting generous terms of surrender from Ulysses S Grant, bringing the war in Virginia to a close. A fascinating look at this crucial point in the American Civil War.
The American Civil War (4)
The war in the West 1863–1865
Union military forces suffered momentary defeat followed by sustained success in the Western Theatre during the second half of the American Civil War. Following the Union's defeat at Chickamauga, Ulysses S. Grant took command at Chattanooga and orchestrated a striking victory which paved the way for a Union advance against Atlanta, a confederate city second in importance only to Richmond. This book traces the events that surrounded the capture of Atlanta, followed by Sherman's famous campaign of destruction through the southern interior which culminated in April 1865 with the surrender of the last major Confederate field army at Durham Station, North Carolina.
Major General “Stonewall” Jackson became a legend for his actions in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in 1862. Marching over 600 miles in 48 days, he, along with his army, won five major battles. His forces, never numbering more than 17,000 men, overcame a combined Union force of 50,000, demonstrating his ability to manoeuvre his troops and deceive his enemies into believing he possessed the advantage. Charted throughout these pages is the journey leading up to, and including, “Stonewall” Jackson’s final victory, all the while performing better than anyone could have expected. The campaign became a showcase for the mobility and success of Jackson’s outnumbered men, who held the larger Union forces pinned down and off balance, consequently allowing Jackson to force march his men to take part in the Seven Days Battles that saved Richmond and gained him victory.
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles v. 1
Opening Battles (Volume 1) begins with a view of Washington on the eve of the war, gives an account of the fall of Fort Sumter, the preparations for war in the North and South, and the formation of the Confederacy. Detailed are the early operations in Virginia, the campaign of the first Bull Run, and the first year of war in Missouri. Naval conflicts on the inland waterways are covered as well as the battles of Lexington, Belmont, Big Sandy and others. Generals U.S. Grant, G.T. Beauregard, T. jordan and D.C. Buell, describe the events of the Battle of Shiloh. Chronicled too are the buildups of the navies for war, coastal operations in the Carolinas, and the historic battles at Hampton Roads between the ironclads "Monitor" and "Merrimac" which changed the course of naval history.
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Struggle Intensifies v. 2
The Struggle Intensifies (Volume 2) opens with the siege and capture of Fort Pulaski, the capture of New Orleans, and a summary of operations in the far southwest. It covers the Peninsular Campaign, the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Manassas, and Seven Pines. Brigadier-General john D. Imboden, C.S.A., relates Stonewall Jacksons exploits in the Shenandoah. Chronicled here are Lees campaign against Pope, the second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and finally the battles at Iuka and Corinth.
Battles & Leaders of the Civil War: The Tide Shifts v. 3
The Tide Shifts (Volume 3) begins with the Perryville Campaign, the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The Battle of Gettysburg is chronicled in detail by such famous officers as General James Longstreet, Colonel john S. Mosby, General Henry J Hunt, General E.R Alexander and by others who fought and directed this pivotal battle. The Vicksburg Campaign, the battles of Port Hudson, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and others are likewise described.
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Retreat with Honor v. 4
Retreat With Hortor (Volume 4) relates the events that led to the end of the war. It opens with a detailed description of the land and sea operations at the Battle of Charleston. Grants Wilderness Campaign and Sherrnans march to Atlanta are vividly portrayed. After mounting the final actions in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, this volume depicts the closing naval operations, Sherman's march through the Confederacy and climaxes with Lees surrender at Appomattox.
Photographic History of the Civil War: The Opening Battles, Two Years of Grim War v. 1
The Photographic History of the Civil War was first published in 1911 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the great conflict. Extremely popular then, it has become a rare book. Here, in five double volumes, is the complete and unabridged original edition, text and photographs carefully reproduced in the original format and full size.
The thousands of photographs contained within are remarkable in their immediacy, spontaneity, and authenticity. They demonstrate the power of the camera as well as the importance of the photographer. This series is a unique record of one of the greatest conflicts in the history of mankind. Also included in this series are maps to mark the battles, and line-art decorations that give a feel of the era in which they were composed.
These pictures can be viewed as art, as history and as journalism. Covering every aspect of the war - from the front to weapons, from tactics to the wounded, from everyday life to grief, from victory to defeat - these volumes are a testament to a mighty conflict and to the great nation which emerged from it.
The first volume of The Photographic History of the Civil War is a record of the the opening battles of the war. It spans two years and is 732 pages in the hardcover edition.
Photographic History of the Civil War: The Decisive Battles, the Cavalry v. 2
This volume describes the decisive battles of the Civil War, and the Cavalry on both sites of the battle.
Photographic History of the Civil War: Forts and Artillery, The Navies v. 3
This volume covers the Forts and the Artillery of the Civil War, along with the Navies from both sides of the conflict.
Photographic History of the Civil War: Soldier Life and Secret Service, Prisons and Hospitals v. 4
This volume describes in detail the lives of soldiers on both sides of the conflict, and the secret service. It also contains photographs, diagrams, and text about the prisons and hospitals used during the Civil War.
Photographic History of the Civil War: The Armies and the Leaders, Poetry and Eloquence v. 5
This volume covers the armies and the leaders of the Civil War, as well as some of the eloquent writing to emerge from the battle, including poetry.
The Battlefields of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees trilogy)
A must for any Civil War library. Recounts the stories of thirteen of some of the most important battles of the war, from First Manassas in July 1861 to the Battle of Nashville in 1864. Full-colour double-page maps show the reader each move of the opposing forces. No effort has been spared to include rare war era photographs and colour photos of rare artifacts. Engagingly written by William C. Davis, the author of more than thirty books on the American Civil War. Writes professor James M. McPherson, "The most readable, authoritative, and beautifully designed illustrated history of the American Civil War." Also in the series: Commanders and Fighting Men.
Fighting Men of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees trilogy)
A must for any Civil War library. The sweeping histories of the War Between the States often overlook the men in whose blood that history was written. This account goes a long way toward redressing the balance in favour of the men in the ranks. The reader follows the soldiers from enlistment and training to campaigning. Attention is also given to oft-forgotten groups such as the sailors and black troops. No effort has been spared to include rare war era photographs and colour photos of rare artifacts. Engagingly written by William C. Davis, the author of more than thirty books on the American Civil War. Writes professor James M. McPherson, "The most readable, authoritative, and beautifully designed illustrated history of the American Civil War." Also in the series: Battlefields and Commanders.
The Commanders of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees trilogy)
Chronicles the lives and careers of the foremost commanders in the American Civil War. The work uses material from personal letters and memoirs to recreate this period of American history.
Uniforms of the American Civil War (Blandford colour series)
It is a popular misconception that the American Civil War was fought between Union and Confederate armies uniformed in dull blue and drab grey respectively. In fact, both armies included exotically-named corps dressed in a variety of European styles whose gorgeous uniforms compared more than favourably with the most ornate of Napoleonic France Zouaves and Chasseurs, Hussars and Highlanders, Lancers, Bersaglieri and Riflemen. This book illustrates the regulation full dress and service dress of every branch of both armies, and those of a large number of early volunteer and militia regiments. In addition, large numbers of contemporary photographs have been consulted to show how uniforms were regimentally and individually modified on campaign, on occasion losing all resemblance to the costume prescribed by official Dress Regulations. Over 150 uniforms are illustrated, and the uniforms of more than 60 other regiments and corps are described in the text. There are separate sections on rank markings, badges, belt-plates and buttons. The book includes an historical introduction on the events of the Civil War, a comparison of the capabilities of the various artillery and small arms of both armies, and an Order of Battle of the opposing forces at Gettysburg. The book is therefore of value to the historian, the military costume enthusiast, the modeller and the wargamer, and in the words of Abraham Lincoln, People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
Other American Civil War Books
A Thorn in Its Vitals: Holding Chattanooga and East Tennessee, September–December 1863
Manual of Arms: Drill, Tactics, & Rifle Maintenance for Infantry Soldiers During the American Civil War-Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics
Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History
Much Embarrassed – Civil War, Intelligence & the Gettysburg Campaign