Building on my earlier post concerning the Civil War, I have been thinking about a display at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Although I can only paraphrase what a young soldier said – I’ve seen one battle and would like to be excused from the next – it provides an inkling of the despair, fear and sadness these soldiers must have experienced. Earlier this year BHPL hosted a program including three Civil War re-enactors. One of the men said his favorite book about the war is Mark Nesbitt’s 35 Days to Gettysburg: the Campaign Diaries of Two American Enemies. He felt that this book depicted the War on a personal level.
Many books are being published as part of the 150th anniversary observance. Here are a few of the most recent non-fiction titles purchased by the library:
Shiloh, 1862 (Winston Groom)
Decided on the Battlefield: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the election of 1864 (David Alan Johnson)
War in the Waters: the Union and Confederate Navies,1861-1865 (James M. McPherson)
The Long Road to Antietam: How he Civil War Became a Revolution (Richard Slotkin)
True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder and Abuse (Tobin T. Buhk)
posted by S. Bakos