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The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: 10 Weekend Tours and More than 400 Sites, from Antietam to Zagonyi's Charge Paperback – June 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881508608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881508604
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Civil War guidebook is a must for the battlefield stomper! Ten weekend tours of Civil War battlefields and other sites are presented in a very informative, easy-to-follow format. There are four parts: The War in the West, The War on the Coasts, The War in the East, and The Wide-Ranging War (other Civil War sites). There are tours within each part. Each tour has a location map and an overview narrative followed by sections on People to Know, Things to Know, The Can't Miss Sites. The Site Detailed section has the address, phone number and hours of operation. There is also a Where to Stay section. The author has also included very good photographs throughout the book. A bibliography and appendices (principal battle lists and alternative battle names) are included at the end. The guidebook makes for a great addition to the book collection of any Civil War enthusiast, both novice and scholar.
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Countryman Press consistently produces quality guides and this one is up to their high standards. In its combination of battle synopses, directions, and geograpical range this is the most comprehensive guide to Civil War sites yet published. There are a few times in which directions to rural sites might be a little more detailed, but the directions provided will at the very least get the traveler pointed in the right direcction. This is an impressive accomplishment.
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This is a really good guide book on the Civil War by Michael Weeks. I really enjoyed reading it and will continue to consult it many times in the future. I like the maps and photographs that are contained. Though most Civil War buffs will know the battlefield summaries the information on the individual sites today is very informative. This is my favorite part of the book and I enjoy reading his opinions on how the site looks like now and how well preserved it is. Weeks should also be commended for going to many obscure locations and telling what a visitor can expect to see. The information on battles west of the Mississippi I find very enjoyably presented and contains much good site info. The famous campaigns of the war are also nicely presented.

I highly recommend this book to veteran and novice Civil War buff alike!

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While I bought this as a gift for a friend, I would not hesitate to buy it again. It is written in a very creative way, where you can use it as a guide while in the car seeking your next stop, or you can relax in an armchair and read up on battlegrounds, monuments, and civil war history. Most books of this kind tend to follow one path or the other. The guide has 10 weekend tours, gives places to stay (generally historically relevant B&Bs), has way more pictures than you would expect, gives site details, biographical information about certain historical figures, and more-- it is written in a very approachable manner, so it would be of interest to those who have only a basic knowledge of the civil war (the guide does not assume you are an expert, instead seeks to give you a well-rounded understanding of what you will be visiting). This is perfect for a civil war buff, any lover of american history, or those who enjoy road trips. If you know someone who loves all three, this is a must-have! Highly recommended.
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After 20 years of thinking about it** my father and I are finally going on our Civil War Road Trip. We're leaving by car (from Vancouver, WA) at the end of May 2014 & plan to be gone for about a month.

This book (as well as Week's Civil War Road Trip Vols 1 & 2) was very helpful in planning our trip (I say "we" but it's really my father doing the planning, as he's the historian and the true Civil War enthusiast). Here's our plan:

-Endless drive across middle America of which I'll skip the details (probably spent bickering about who should be doing the driving--he's 77 with some cataracts, while I'm an easily distracted driver, or so I've been told--by him).
-Shiloh to Chatenooga TN via Savannah at US 64 east tp I-24
-Chatanooga to Atlanta GA via I-75, I-16 at Macon to Savannah side jaunt at Macon to Andersonville via I-75 and US 26, return via US 26, state 46 eastward to I-15 at milepost 75)
-Savannah to Charleston SC via I-95, then north to Richmond VA, Civil War main battlefields, Petersburg, Appomatox, Cold Harbor and others in Grants 1864 campaign, then north and northwest to earlier battlefields of 1862-1863, e.g.
-Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, 1st and 2nd Manassas to the Shenandoah Valley (1862), then Harpers Ferry and Antietam MD, Gettysburg PA.
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Excellent!!! Very informative and tells you exactly where the site is at. Best Civil War guide that I have seen in a long time.
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