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The Civil War Day By Day: An Almanac, 1861-1865 (Da Capo Paperback) Paperback – August 21, 1985


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  • Series: Da Capo Paperback
  • Paperback: 1160 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 21, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306802554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306802553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every Civil War buff needs this book.
Lamont G. Sible Jr.
The daily accounts are brief yet informative and go far in giving the reader background material for a more researched dig into the past.
Scott Anderson
Well indexed with a lot of information.
Matt Wenzel

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Anderson VINE VOICE on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has been used so many times at the battlefield information desk that the cover is ready to fall off and the pages to splay out across the desk.
The daily accounts are brief yet informative and go far in giving the reader background material for a more researched dig into the past. The index is well laid out and gives the reader an excellent time line to help locate material, and the bibliography is on par with the index!
Your Civil War book shelf would not be complete without it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lamont G. Sible Jr. on July 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why buy two copies?
One to have at your work place, to scan during your breaks; another for home.
This fact filled book is one you'll pick up every day, if you're a Civil War buff. I've book marked each year by the days in the book, and daily read the events, of those particular years.
Simply stated, the book records events during the Civil War on a daily basis. (Both major and minor events, plus political events and things on 'the home place'.)
The end of the book has regimental figures, ( wounded, killed, etc.) plus many other gems. [ yes, we know causality figures can vary]
This is a great book, you might even buy one to sit in the bathroom, for reading material at times ;-)
Every Civil War buff needs this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wenzel on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well presented. See what happened on a particular day in the Civil War. The book provides a brief accout on what happened on a specific day. Well indexed with a lot of information. An easily searchable almamac format. A book that will stand the test of time. It will be as useful in 100 years as it is now. I cannot imagine my bookshelf without it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Todd E. Newman on September 22, 2002
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It certainly covers every day of the Civil War. If you wanted to know what happened on a certain day of a month during the war, it will tell you every newsworthy event that happened in a brief format. I can't think of a better book to answer to the question of "What happened on this day in the Civil War?".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lonsdale on November 7, 2009
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"The Civil War Day By Day : An Almanac 1861-1865" is simply the most exhaustively detailed and fascinating book on the American Civil War of its kind. Not only does it provide a day-by-day look at the major events of the war, but lists so many of the small skirmishes and actions as well. Accurate and enjoyable, this tome weighs in at a hefty 1135 pages that I have referred to time and again. If you are looking for a book on this war in the chronological format then look no further, you have found the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Everette Beach Long, is acknowledged among the culture of history reading America, as one of America's primary authorities regarding the United States Civil War/The War Between The States. The exhaustive work he and his wife created in 1985 may have left out a single shot, a scuffle or a rattle of sabers somewhere, someday, however I doubt there were very many.
Long was scrupulous in his research. In his biography we read: "I got interested in the Civil War as a hobby," he explained. "Then it became an avocation, then a way of life. " Long was the director of research for Doubleday's multi-volume "Centennial History of the Civil War," written by Bruce Catton from 1955 to 1965.

The Civil War Day by Day presents day-by-day activities during the years of 1860 - 1866 beginning with November and the election of Lincoln down to Aug 20 1866 when the war was finally declared to be over. That was when Johnson declared the uprising in Texas to be finished.
For the many in our country who consider history to be 'boring', 'dry, and 'who cares, it was my least favorite class and how in blazes can there be 1135 pages in that stupid book when everyone knows there were only about six battles and it was over.' The Civil War Day by Day just may change your mind.

The table of contents lists not only the years of the warfare; but in addition notes information most/many people forget, never knew or just plain have never thought about regarding the war.
1860 1861 1863 1864 1865 Aftermath Special Studies The People of War
Men at War Economics of War

I reckon we would be hard pressed to locate anyone in our country who has absolutely no consciousness at all regarding Vicksburg, Gettysburg or 'Bull Run.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on February 14, 2011
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This book is going to take me four years to read and I can't wait. Instead of a typical history book where you read about numerous events arranged as the author intended to emphasize his thesis, this book meters out the history in real time, exactly 150 years later. I bought this book as a replacement for the one I lost and used 25 years ago, when it was the 125th anniversary of the events. I was working on a job where we started each morning with readings from the book of events that had unfolded exactly 125 years before on that very date. Doing that was sort of like the next best thing to having lived it, the metering of the events in time seemed to make them more important, more meaningful, more patriotic.

Now I'll be doing it again, only this time 150 years after the fact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will on August 22, 2011
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I was trying to trace the movements of my Great Grandfather as a member of the New York Volunteers during the Civil War. His movements resulted in his marriage which produced my Grandfather. Even though he was not named, his unit was assigned to The Army of the Potomac which according to the book were in many major battles. The book also has many facts that I was not aware of. It was interesting to read and understand the agony and suffering of the men on both sides. President Lincoln holds a higher degree of respect after reading this book.It was also interesting to see the conflict between the leaders on both sides. Not alot of detail but action on every page. The research was awesome. The book will stay stay in my small collection of history books which I will also use as a reference source.
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