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For all that has been written about the Civil War's impact on the urban northeast and southern home fronts, we have until now lacked a detailed picture of how it affected specific communities in the Union's Midwestern heartland. Nicole Etcheson offers a deeply researched microhistory of one such community—Putnam County, Indiana, from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction—and shows how its citizens responded to and were affected by the war.
Delving into the everyday life of a small town in one of the nineteenth century's bellwether states, A Generation at War considers the Civil War within a much broader chronological context than other accounts. It ranges across three decades to show how the issues of the day—particularly race and sectionalism—temporarily displaced economic and temperance concerns, how the racial attitudes of northern whites changed, and how a generation of young men and women coped with the transformative experience of war.
Drawing on personal papers, local newspapers, pension petitions, Exoduster pamphlets, and more, Etcheson demonstrates how microhistory helps give new meaning to larger events. A Generation at War opens a new window on the impact of the Civil War on the agrarian North.
paper / 2011 / 384 pp / 9780700617975 / $39.95
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The dramatic true story of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking life a tragic, long forgotten event in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the loss of 1,700 lives, mostly Union soldiers returning home from Confederate prison camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is powerful, moving, rich in irony and fascinating historical detail—a story no history aficionado or Civil War buff will want to miss.
paper / 2009 / 300 pp / 9781616641962 / $14.99
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During the American Civil War the Wabash Intelligencer and the Wabash Plain Dealer frequently published letters from local soldiers serving in the Union Army. In A Leaf of Voices Jennifer McSpadden has compiled the letters into a volume that gives fascinating insights into a bygone age. The letter writers are a remarkable cast of characters: young and old, soldiers, doctors, ministers, officers, enlisted men, newspaper men, and a fifteen-year old printers' devil who enlisted as a drummer.
2014 / 405 pp / 9780871953605 / $17.95
Order No. 1512
Mary Blair Immel
Fourteen-year-old Johnny Ables, pressed into service in the Confederate army, is forced to participate in a major Civil War battle and ends up in an Indiana prison camp. Based on the true story of a real boy.
2005 / 153 pp / 9780871951885 / $17.95
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Stephen E. Towne
Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War represents pathbreaking research on the rise of U.S. Army intelligence operations in the Midwest during the American Civil War and counters long-standing assumptions about Northern politics and society. At the beginning of the rebellion, state governors in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois cooperated with federal law enforcement officials in various attempts—all failed—to investigate reports of secret groups and individuals who opposed the Union war effort. Starting in 1862, army commanders took it upon themselves to initiate investigations of antiwar sentiment in those states. By 1863, several of them had established intelligence operations staffed by hired civilian detectives and by soldiers detailed from their units to chase down deserters and draft dodgers, to maintain surveillance on suspected persons and groups, and to investigate organized resistance to the draft. By 1864, these spies had infiltrated secret organizations that, sometimes in collaboration with Confederate rebels, aimed to subvert the war effort. Stephen E. Towne is the first to thoroughly explore the role and impact of Union spies against Confederate plots in the North. This new analysis invites historians to delve more deeply into the fabric of the Northern wartime experience and reinterpret the period based on broader archival evidence.
2014 / 488 pp / 9780821421314 / $34.95
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John David Smith
When Abraham Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, he not only freed the slaves in the Confederate states but also invited freed slaves and free persons of color to join the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), the first systematic, large-scale effort by the U.S. government to arm African Americans to aid in the nation’s defense. By the end of the war in 1865, nearly 180,000 black soldiers had fought for the Union. Lincoln’s role in the arming of African Americans remains a central but unfortunately obscure part of one of the most compelling periods in American history. In Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops John David Smith offers a concise, enlightening exploration of the development of Lincoln’s military emancipation project, its implementation, and the recruitment and deployment of black troops.
156 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780809332915 / $24.95
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David W. Bulla and Justyna Sempruch
Lincoln's Censor examines the effect of government suppression on the Democratic press in Indiana during the spring of 1863. Lincoln, who suspended the writ of habeas corpus in 1862, had some misgivings about the intimidation of Democratic newspapers, but let the practice continue in Indiana until June 1863.
190 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781557534736 / $39.95
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Webb Garrison with Cheryl Garrison
There are very few, if any, guides to the language used by the generation that fought the American Civil War. Based on thirty years of research, Garrison has produced this dictionary of slang and phrases commonly used during the war. Examples and brief stories are included where necessary to illustrate meaning.
paper / 284 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0610529003132 / $18.95
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Nancy Pippen Eckerman
Past visitors to the famous lakes of Steuben County had a wide range of interesting images on postcards to send back home or to add to their collections. The favorite locations and activities of vacationers were chronicled in the postcards that have been passed down through generations.
paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780738519197 / $21.99
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Gary Nolan Alan Gallagher
Nine distinguished historians debunk the myth of the Lost Cause.
paper / 239 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780253222664 / $21.99
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Robert N. Rosen
This short pictorial history documents the first shot of the Civil War, the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861. Historians Robert N. Rosen and Richard W. Hatcher III have gathered, in one book, more illustrations and photographs about the "First Shot" than can be found in any other previous book. Here the reader will find the dramatic story--in words and pictures--of the leaders, personalities, soldiers, forts, and the dramatic artillery bombardment itself, all under one cover.
paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 9780738582429 / $24.99
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Bryan S. Bush
Join renowned Civil War expert and Louisville native Bryan S. Bush as he traverses Louisville, a city bristling with Civil War history. Learn how a thriving antebellum city became a crucial outpost for the Union army while its citizens were besieged with constant fear of guerilla warfare and swift rebel vengeance. Trace the steps of soldiers, commanders and civic leaders on the enclosed map, which includes over thirty Union forts that once peppered Louisville's landscape, as well as long-forgotten hideaways and hotbeds of insurgence.
paper / 126 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-554-4 /
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Lloyd A. Hunter
William Taylor Stott was a native Hoosier and an 1861 graduate of Franklin College, who later became the president who took the college from virtual bankruptcy in 1872 to its place as a leading liberal arts institution in Indiana by the turn of the century. The story of Franklin College is the story of W.T. Stott, yet his influence was not confined to the school’s parameters.
Stott’s diary reveals a soldier who was also a scholar in camp and on the march, one who took every available moment to read theology, philosophy, great literary works, the classics of ancient Greece and Rome, and a few novels. He was as familiar with Burns and Byron as he was with ramrods and knapsacks. While amazingly ecumenical for that era, he was nonetheless a Baptist through and through, insisting on baptism only by immersion and displaying a hatred of alcohol and its effects on his cohorts. A scion of Baptist preachers, Stott championed temperance in the army and inherited an antislavery fervor that prompted his belief that, in God’s eyes, there were no walls erected between the races.
cloth / 536 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8195-290-5 / $27.95
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Edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta
"Resounding documentary proof that the original reasoning behind secession and subsequent myth-making was in defense of slavery and white supremacy."
Documents in this collection also show how neo-Confederates obfuscated the truth, starting around 1890. The evidence also points to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate thought even today and to the continuing importance of neo-Confederate ideas in American political life. The 150th anniversary of secession and civil war provides a moment for all Americans to read these documents, properly set in context by award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to put in perspective the mythology of the Old South.
paper / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-60473-219-1 / $25.00
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Michael A. Peake
Captain Adolph G. Metzner's stunning visual diary of sketches, drawings, and watercolors depict his world during three years of service with the First German, Thirty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry campaigning in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Metzner chronicled the day-to-day life of a soldier's world, at first with humor, and later, with a stark reality of life and death on the battlefield.
cloth / 142 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-09787167-8-3 / $30.00
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Nancy N. Baxter
When Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment was first published in 1980, its Civil War Times reviewer called it one of the two best regimental histories in modern times. Since that time many fine regimental histories have come out, but Gallant Fourteenth stands as one of a handful of classics.
A new hardcover Memorial Edition, commemorating the restoration of Indiana Civil War monuments, has been released. Nancy Baxter, has spoken in the Midwest and East on the importance of keeping the Civil War in public memory.
cloth / 207 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-09787167-8-3 / $30.00
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In Shadow of Shiloh, author Gail Stephens specifically addresses Wallace’s military career and its place in the larger context of Civil War military history. A central issue in the book is the tension between citizen-soldiers and West Pointers that occurred in the officer ranks. The general assumption in current Civil War histories is that the West Pointers were more competent at war than the citizen-soldiers. That was not true in Wallace’s case. He had a talent for battle, which he demonstrated at Fort Donelson, Monocacy, and even Shiloh. But Wallace’s disdain for military rules and protocol and his arrogance, fueled by early promotion, alienated his West Point superiors such as Grant and, especially, Henry Halleck, the general in chief of the Union armies.
cloth / 301 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-287-5 / $27.95
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Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton's The Civil War is one of the best-selling, most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is carefully interwoven with details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas. This new edition of The Civil War is a must-have for anyone interested in the war that divided America.
paper / 382 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-618-00187-5 / $16.95
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Edited by Richard F. Nation and Stephen E. Towne
Indiana’s War is a primary source collection featuring the writings of Indiana’s citizens during the Civil War era. Using private letters, official records, newspaper articles, and other original sources, the volume presents the varied experiences of Indiana’s participants in the war on both the battlefield and the home front. Starting in the 1850s, the documents show the sharp political divisions over issues such as slavery, race, and secession in Indiana, divisions that boiled over into extraordinary strife and violence in the state during the rebellion.
paper / 252 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-2141847-5 / $18.65
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Barbara Butler Davis
Includes transcriptions of 65 holograph letters written from 1863 to 1865 by members of the Butler family of Indianapolis, strong supporters of abolition, to their son Scot. The letters, now in the collection of the Irvington Historical Society, relate a fascinating social history of the Indianapolis community during the Civil War.
cloth / 211 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-175-4 / $27.95
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J. F. C. Fuller
A compelling study not only of the two men, but also of the nature of leadership and command in wartime.
paper / 323 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20288-4 / $13.95
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Alan D. Gaff
This is the story of one of the Civil War's most famous combat organizations, Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers of the Iron Brigade.
paper / 500 pp. /1996 reprinted 1999 / ISBN 0-253-21294-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2337
William E. Gienapp
In Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America, historian William Gienapp provides a remarkably concise, up-to-date, and vibrant biography of the most revered figure in United States history. While the heart of the book focuses on the Civil War, Gienapp begins with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's early life, from pioneer farm boy to politician and lawyer in Springfield, to his stunning election as sixteenth president of the United States. Students will see how Lincoln grew during his years in office, how he developed a keen aptitude for military strategy and displayed enormous skill in dealing with his generals, and how his war strategy evolved from a desire to preserve the Union to emancipation and total war.
cloth / 239 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-0-19-515099-5 / $11.98
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It was one of the most tragic events in American history. The famous president, beloved by many, reviled by some, murdered while viewing a play at Ford's Theater in Washington. The frantic search for the perpetrators. The nation in mourning. The solemn funeral train. The conspirators brought to justice. Coming just days after the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has become etched in the national consciousness like few other events. The president who had steered the nation through its bloodiest crisis is cut down just as the bloodshed ends. It is a story that has been told many times, but rarely with the care and immediacy of The Darkest Dawn. Thomas Goodrich brings to his narrative the meticulousness of the historian and the flair of the fiction writer. The result is an engrossing account, rich with detail and as gripping as today's headlines.
cloth / 362 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-253-32599-4 / $21.95
Order No. 2621
Lance J. Herdengen
No volunteers tramped with more innocent resolve on the drill fields of 1861 than the farmers, immigrants, shopkeepers, and "piney" camp boys who volunteered for the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin and the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry. The Men Stood Like Iron is the moving, often melancholy, story of how the backwoods "Calico boys" became soldiers of the celebrated "Iron Brigade."
paper / 287 pp. /1997 / ISBN 0-253-21852-X / $19.95
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Civil War Letters
paper / 103 pp. / ISBN 1-880788-15-2 / $12.95
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Lester V. Horwitz
The Longest Raid of the Civil War was a grueling ride on horseback for over one thousand miles through four states beginning in McMinnville, Tennessee to West Pointe, Ohio. Gen. Morgan began his raid with 2500 calvary and surrendered in Columbiana County with about 350 very tired men remaining.
The raid was the northernmost penetration of the Confederacy into the Union North. In all, Morgan's Men raided 6,576 homes and shops north of the Mason-Dixon line (4375 in Ohio, 2201 in Indiana).
cloth / 476 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-9670267-2-5 / $34.95
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paper / 476 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-9670267-3-53 / $29.95
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Coralou Peel Lassen (compiler)
Letters from Corporal John Pardington paint a vivid portrait of the life of a Union soldier.
cloth / 182 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-33560-4 /
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Jacquelyn S. Nelson
More than one thousand Quakers served in the military during the Civil War, while others supported the war effort at home. Conscientious objection, anti-slavery, and nonviolence are chronicled.
cloth / 298 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-87195-064-2 / $19.95
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Alan T. Nolan and Sharon Eggleston Vipond
Essays by some of the best-known historians of the brigade spotlight significant moments in the history of the Civil War's most celebrated unit.
cloth / 238 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-33457-8 / $27.95
Order No. 2323
Alan T. Nolan
This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the Iron Brigade. The Civil War Times Illustrated called this publication "One of the 100 best books ever written on the Civil War."
paper / 457 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-20863-7 / $19.95
Order No. 2297
Peter S. Onuf
Shows how interpretation and application of Ordinance provisions governing the creation of new states and their boundaries and excluding slavery worked to subvert the document's constitutional authority.
cloth / 197 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-253-35482-X / $27.50
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Emma Lou Thornbrough
The History of Indiana series was begun in 1965 in honor of the sesquicentennial of Indiana's statehood.
cloth / 758 pp. / reprint 1991 (1965) / ISBN 0-253-37020-5 / $32.50
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paper / 758 pp. / reprint 1991 (1965) / ISBN 0-87195-050-2 / $19.95
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Stephen E. Towne, Editor
The ninety letters in this collection document the Civil War career of Col. Edward Jesup Wood, an officer of the 48th Indiana. Evocative and rich in detail, A Fierce, Wild Joy offers a view of the war from an officer's perspective and provides important insights into the day-to-day administration of a Civil War regiment.
cloth / 295 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 1-57233-599-8 / $38.00
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G. R. Tredway
The scope of this study also extends to secret societies and conspiratorial activities beyond Indiana's borders.
cloth / 433 pp. / 1973 / ISBN 1-885323-25-5 / $10.25
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Kenneth P. Williams
A history of the Union Army's generalship, based on acquaintance with terrain of operations, expert knowledge of military theory and organization, and a study of records of war.
paper / 443 pp. / 1949 / ISBN 0-253-20359-7 / $6.95
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Hattie Lou Winslow & Joseph R. H. Moore
Soon after Fort Sumter was fired upon on 12 April 1861 and President Abraham Lincoln's subsequent call for 75,000 volunteers, Indiana governor Oliver P. Morton, in conjunction with his adjutant general, Lew Wallace, sought a space in Indianapolis suitable for receiving the state's volunteers to the Union cause. They selected a thirty-six-acre tract formerly owned by Indianapolis's first mayor, Samuel Henderson. The land, bounded today by 19th and 22nd Streets, Central Avenue, and Talbott Street, had also served as home to the Indiana State Fair.
By the end of April 1861 the new camp - named for the governor - had shelters of sorts for six thousand men. By that fall, with supplies difficult to obtain, the federal government took over the work of feeding the troops in Indiana during their training period. New men were constantly being taken into the training units. The camp soon became a popular destination for city residents and "in the afternoon the carriages of the best people of the town might be seen appearing and disappearing in the clouds of dust that hovered over the most respectable roads." On 21 April 1861 an estimated ten thousand people visited the camp.
In February 1862 a new and imperative need appeared - prisoners of war were being taken in large numbers and had to be housed somewhere. The federal government took over Camp Morton and turned it into a place to care for Confederate prisoners.
cloth / 154 pp. / 1940 reprinted 1995 / ISBN 0-87195-114-2 / $14.95
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paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)
This was the only black regiment organized in Indiana. Regimental Chaplain Garland H. White's letters to the Christian Recorder provided eyewitness accounts of the service of the 28th.
16 pp. / 1994
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