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Category: Best of TOCWOC – 2008

  • Phil Myers on British-American Relations

    Staying with the theme of recent book reviews for another day, let’s take a look at the comments section from my recent review of Phil Myers’ new book Caution and Cooperation: The American Civil War in British-American Relations.  Fellow TOCWOC blogger Fred Ray and long-time TOCWOC reader Stephen Graham had a discussion about the merits […]

  • B&G Article on Fort Stedman: Who Probed Fort Friend?

    In my last post I looked the attacks on the attacks on Battery IX and Fort McGilvery in the northern sector, where I concluded that Gen. Walker got three brigades into action (Lewis, Kasey and Ransom) but failed to make a coordinated attack on Battery IX and any ground attack at all on Fort McGilvery. […]

  • Earl J. Hess on His New Book The Rifle Musket in the Civil War

    Author Earl Hess was kind enough to write to TOCWOC and provide some information on his important new book The Rifle Musket in the Civil War.  He had the following to say: Was Paddy Griffith right when he suggested in 1986 that the rifle musket had relatively little impact on changing the face of battle […]

  • Top 5 Most Important Civil War Books Winner: Ian Spurgeon

    I recently held a contest where readers had to answer the following questions: What are the five most important books you have read on the Civil War? Why is each important? Ian Spurgeon was the winner. His contest entry follows. The best contestant entries will be appearing here at TOCWOC over the next few Fridays. […]

  • Blue & Gray article on Fort Stedman

    In a previous post I looked at some order of battle problems with the recent Blue & Gray article on Fort Stedman. Today I’ll look more at the article itself, particularly the treatment of the sharpshooters. There are some issues, as I’ll try to point out, with which I disagree but are honest differences of […]

  • Top 10 Civil War Forums

    Update: Welcome to TOCWOC for those of you who have found this page through a Google Search!  If you enjoy what you’re about to read below, feel free to Subscribe to TOCWOC’s RSS feed.  Be sure to check out the Civil War Book Reviews which have been posted here and browse through TOCWOC founder Brett […]

  • Review: Unfurl Those Colors!: McClellan, Sumner, & the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign

    Marion V. Armstrong, Jr. Unfurl Those Colors!: McClellan, Sumner, and the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press (March 26, 2008). 424 pages, 32 maps, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0817316006 $39.95 (Hardcover w/DJ). Does Edwin V. Sumner, commander of the Army of the Potomac’s II Corps at Antietam, […]