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Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
by Allen C. Guelzo
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid history of the Civil War and its aftermath, August 22, 2012
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Allen Guelzo's "Fateful Lightning" is one of the very best books I have ever read on the Civil War and its aftermath. Always insightful, well-paced and very well-written, it is a superb introduction to a very complex subject. Especially impressive is the author's command of his sources and the many original voices that are heard. It is a refreshing antidote to the pervasive "Lost Cause" slant so prevalent in the present Civil War literature that replaces slavery with States' Rights as the central reason for the war. The Radical Republicans are here given their proper due in furthering the glorious cause of freedom.


The Chatfield Story: Civil War Letters and Diaries of Private Edward L. Chatfield of the 113th Illinois Volunteers
The Chatfield Story: Civil War Letters and Diaries of Private Edward L. Chatfield of the 113th Illinois Volunteers
by Terry M. McCarty
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Civil War Personal History, September 23, 2009
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Edward Chatfield fortunately left to posterity several diaries and over 100 letters relating to his service from 1862 to 1865 as a private in the 113th Illinois Infantry. He was in the Vicksburg Campaign and helped guard the Corinth-Memphis sector before being captured following the disastrous Battle of Brice's Crossroads (June 1864). He managed to survive the hell-holes of Andersonville, Millen and Florence before being exchanged and returning home. He later became a rancher in Colorado. With extensive research and thoughtful commentary, Peg McCarty, one of Edward's descendants, and her husband Terry have done a wonderful job in presenting Edward's story in proper context in a beautifully produced and well-illustrated book. Where there are gaps in the record, they utilized valuable sources, such as the unpublished memoir of one of Edward's friends who was with him throughout their captivity. Highly recommended for adding to the understanding of the experiences and viewpoints of Union soldiers in the Western Theater and as a tribute to the men in blue who suffered so much because of the incompetent leadership at Brice's Crossroads.

John B. Lundstrom, Curator Emeritus of History, Milwaukee Public Museum,
author of "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal"


Legion
Legion
by William Altimari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.20
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Recreation of the Roman Army, March 8, 2004
This review is from: Legion (Hardcover)
As a military historian and museum curator I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in the military of the Ancient World. It is a delight both as a wonderful story and in its description of Roman military life, what it might actually have been like to be there. This book does a better job than any other I have read in portraying the true spirit of the professional Roman soldier of the early Empire. I'm also struck by the image of Cenurion Rufio as the defender of his culture very much in the way our military today is defending us from other forms of barbarism. A friend of mine so liked this book he sent a copy to his son who is a cadet at West Point.
I can hardly wait for another installment on the life of Centurion Rufio.


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