- Series: Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 750 pages
- Publisher: Castle Books; New edition edition (April 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890095698
- ISBN-13: 978-0890095690
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battles and Leaders of the Civil War V1 - The Opening Battles Hardcover – April 1, 1990
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While any one of these volumes represents a rich resource for history buffs, the set is not without its shortcomings. For example, none of the the first three volumes includes an index. (So far, I own only the first three, so cannot say whether the final volume contains a general index.) Additionally, the front of each successive volume contains an errata list for the previous volume, raising the question of whether the reader is simply "stuck" with the errors that appear in the 4th and final volume. Finally, while in a querulous mood, I'll note that the publisher scrimped substantially on the quality of the paper, which will be browned and brittle before the next generation of readers takes it up.
If you have the least interest in the U.S. Civil War, you'll be glad to have this book in your library. But buy it knowing it's a large pulp masquerading as a hardcover.
I didn't read every article -- I think you will read those which interest you, unless you are a Civil War generalist. I am not. Additionally, which I found very useful, included at the end of each battle is a list of units, giving the general officers and their immediate subalterns, who fought in each engagement. It is an excellent source for tracing the evolution of units and leaders as they were constantly realigning regiments and divisions.