Reading the War, December 1862

by James Durney on December 4, 2012 · 3 comments

Reading the War December 1862

We do not have many books from Antietam to Gettysburg.  I have no idea why but it is a fact we have to accept.  Compounding the problem is that several books are out of date or just plain bad.  My recommendations are:

The Fredericksburg Campaign by Francis Augustin O’Reilly is the newest, 2006, readily available and excellent.

Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg edited by Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson from 1996 is one of the excellent War College guidebooks.

Larry J. Daniel has the newest book on Stones River with Battle of Stones River: The Forgotten Conflict Between the Confederate Army of Tennessee and the Union Army of the Cumberland.

The book we all have on the battle is Peter Cozzens’ No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones RiverTwenty plus years after publication this book is still on the shelves.

Winter Lightning: A Guide to the Battle of Stones River edited by Matt and Lee Spruill is another of the excellent War College guidebooks.

Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign by William L. Shea from The University of North Carolina Press published in 2009, is the most readable and complete account.


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