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Lincoln's Censor: Milo Hascall and the Freedom of the Press in Civil War Indiana

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 theintimidation of Democratic newspapers, but let the practice continue in Indiana until June 1863.

190pp / 2008 / 9781557534736 / $39.95
Order no. 1374

Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage

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 / 0610529003132 / $18.95
Order No. 2852

 

Indiana in the Civil War: Doctors, Hospitals, and Medical Care

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 / 9780738519197 / $21.99
Order No. 2822

Myth of the Lost Cause

Gary Nolan Alan Gallagher

Nine distinguished historians debunk the myth of the Lost Cause.

paper 239 pp / 2000 / 9780253222664 / $21.99
Order No. 2843

 

The First Shot

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 / 9780738582429 / $24.99
Order No. 2821

Louisville and the Civil War: A History and Guide

Bryan S. Bush

Louisville and the Civil War by Bryan BushJoin 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 / 978-1-59629-554-4 / $17.99
Order No. 2814

For Duty and Destiny: The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott

Lloyd A. Hunter

For Duty and Destiny: The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott by 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 / 978-0-8195-290-5 / $27.95
Order No. 2812

The Student's Civil War: 150th Anniversary Edition

Carole Marsh

The Student's Civil War: 150th Anniversary Edition by Carole Marsh

"Ain't yo' grandpappy's Civil War book!" claims author Carole Marsh. Seriously, she adds, "This series is devoted to enticing even the most reluctant, history-challenged elementary school student into being absolutely fascinated by the Civil War. No matter how 'fun' these books look (and they do!), our goal is to help students gain a vast array of knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of this incredible, and often incomprehensible, period of American history."

paper / 2010 / Set of 6 - $37.80 (30% discount - no other discounts apply)
Order No. 2802

Civil War Resource Book

Carole Marsh

Civil War Resource Book by Carole Marsh

Civil War Resource Book includes battles, battlefields, diagrams, uniforms, insignia, how to make hardtack, a day in the life of a soldier, currency, equipment, artillery, 20 names for the civil war, music, reenactments, ships, subs, sites and more! This book includes a combination of funky, radical, text-based graphic novels awash in drama and commentary with speedy but thorough stories, all in first person, and often the words of an actual participant. Perfect for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and an excellent supplement resource to any Civil War studies.

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07644-1 / $9.00
Order No. 2797

WHO Were the Key Players in the Civil War?

Carole Marsh

WHO Were the Key Players in the Civil War? by Carole Marsh

This book on "who" were the participants in the Civil War gives students a virtual chronological flood of not only the usual suspects of generals, presidents, and soldiers, but also the children, animals, mothers, spies, nurses, slaves, and others who were caught up in the events leading to war, during the war, and in its aftermath. Using either the actual dramatic words of participants, as well as invented dialogue, this fast-paced, free-flowing non-fiction graphic novel brings the war to vivid life for young readers.

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07639-7 / $9.00
Order No. 2801

WHEN Did It Happen in the Civil War?

Carole Marsh

WHEN Did It Happen in the Civil War? by Carole Marsh

This book on "when" the Civil War took place completely (and thankfully!) disregards the boring monotone of a strict chronology (YAWN!) and tackles the question of "when" through a clever ongoing monologue via GPS, telegram, bullhorn, text messages, cell phone calls, and other "of the era" as well as anachronistic communication tools. Yes, "when" can be a page-a-day kind of thing, or the horror of an endless battle, or the split second between the bullet and the body.

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07641-0 / $9.00
Order No. 2798

Civil War Trivia

Carole Marsh

Civil War Trivia by Carole Marsh

This book provides an accurate, fast-paced, fascinating (even flabbergasting!) look at how facts can tell a story of not just war, but human nature, invention, coincidence, the farfetched, the big, the small, the impossible, the "who'da thunk it?!" Yet another creative Gallopade way to tell the story that needs to be told, but with a constant flow of clever "hooks" and "gotchas" that keep kids reading and caring. Moreover, it's FUN TO READ. Civil War, fun—it can be done!

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07644-7 / $9.00
Order No. 2799

WHERE Did the Civil War Happen?

Carole Marsh

WHERE Did the Civil War Happen? by Carole Marsh

This book on "where" the Civil War took place takes an innovative, far more understandable, approach with young readers as they explore the geography of the war from a cinemascopic look, as well as bird's eye views of America at the start of the war, the design and purpose of forts, earthworks, etc., the set-up of a battlefield, where soldiers were buried, and so much more. "Where" to a young reader is not all about geography, but more about making sense of place, whether that's along the Underground Railroad, or face-to-face on the skirmish line.

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07640-3 / $9.00
Order No. 2800

WHAT Was the Civil War About, Anyway?

Carole Marsh

WHAT Was the Civil War About, Anyway? by Carole Marsh

This book on basically "What the heck was the Civil War all about, anyway?" takes a unique approach of exploring "what" in bite-size, digestible, entertaining pieces. Instead of the rote, pat answers usually given in books for children, this book actually offers a more practical, thorough, intense look at how Americans got into this mess, and lets students—GASP!—draw their own conclusion. The author believes that kids have strong opinions about war, and are entitled to their own Monday morning quarterbacking as to what was good, bad, right, wrong, etc. regarding this war of brother against brother.

paper / 2010 / 978-0-635-07640-3 / $9.00
Order No. 2800

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause"

Edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause" by 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 / 978-1-60473-219-1 / $25.00
Order No. 2794

Blood Shed in this War

Michael A. Peake

Blood Shed in this War by 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 142pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-09787167-8-3 / $30.00
Order No. 2791

Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment

Nancy N. Baxter

Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment by 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
Order No. 2346

The Indiana Legion: A Civil War Militia

John P. Etter

The Indiana Legion: A Civil War Militia by John P. Etter

Over 50,000 men in Indiana served during the Civil War to form one of the Union’s strongest militias—The Indiana Legion. Often vilified as "shirkers" by the soldiers at the front, the Indiana Legion nevertheless performed credible services such as spying at the border with Kentucky, chasing and fighting with Rebels in Kentucky in the Perryville campaign, and repelling the invasion of John Hunt Morgan in 1863. The Legion also served as guards at Indiana prisoner-of-war camps. This introductory story of the Indiana Legion surveys their purpose, inception, activities and challenges, often telling the men’s story in their own words. Reproduction of several official Legion documents and photos and career summaries of its two military commanders are included.

paper 131 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-9787167-1-X / $18.95
Order No. 988

Shadow Of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace In The Civil War

Gail Stephens

Shadow Of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace In The Civil War by Gail Stephens

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
Order No. 972

The Civil War

Bruce Catton

The Civil War by Bruce Catton

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
Order No. 976

Indiana's War The Civil War in Documents

Edited by Richard F. Nation and Stephen E. Towne

Indiana's War The Civil War in Documents by 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 both on the battlefield and on 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
Order No. 922

Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family

Barbara Butler Davis

Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family

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
Order No. 2493

Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship

J. F. C. Fuller

Grant and Lee

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
Order No. 2058

On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

Alan D. Gaff

On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

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

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - A Biography

William E. Gienapp

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - A BiographyIn 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
Order No. 2726

 

The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy

Thomas Goodrich

The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy by Thomas GoodrichIt 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

The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

Lance J. Herdengen

The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

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
Order No. 2553

A Lost American Dream

Antonius Holtmann

A Lost American Dream

Civil War Letters

paper 103 pp. ISBN 1-880788-15-2 / $12.95
Order No. 2580

 

The Longest Raid of the Civil War

Lester V. Horwitz

The Longest Raid of the Civil War by 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
Order No. 2612

paper 476 pp. 2001 / ISBN 0-9670267-3-53 / $29.95
Order No. 2474

Dear Sarah: Letters Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade

Coralou Peel Lassen (compiler)

Dear Sarah: Letters Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade

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 / $24.95
Order No. 2293

Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

Jacquelyn S. Nelson

Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

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
Order No. 2242

Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade

Alan T. Nolan and Sharon Eggleston Vipond

Giants in their Tall Black Hats

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

The Iron Brigade: A Military History

Alan T. Nolan

The Iron Brigade

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

Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance

Peter S. Onuf

Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance

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
Order No. 2119

 Notre Dame and the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory

James M. Schmidt

Notre Dame & the Civil War by James SchmidtWhile many institutions of higher education made great sacrifices during the Civil War, few can boast of the dedication and effort made by the University of Notre Dame.  For four years, Notre Dame gave freely of its faculty and students as soldiers, sent its Holy Cross priests to the camps and battlefields as chaplains and dispatched its sisters to the hospitals as nurses.  Though far from the battlefields, the war was ever-present on campus, as Notre Dame witnessed fisticuffs among the student body, provided a home to the children of a famous general, responded to political harassment and tried to keep at least some of its community from the fray.  At war's end, a proud Notre Dame welcomed back several bona fide war heroes and became home to a unique veterans' organization.

 paper 142 pp / 2010 / 978-1-59629-879-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2815

Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880

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
Order No. 2304

paper 758 pp. reprint 1991 (1965) / ISBN 0-87195-050-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2305

A Fierce, Wild Joy

Stephen E. Towne, Editor

A Fierce, Wild Joy

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
Order No. 2677

 

Democratic Opposition to the Lincoln Administration in Indiana

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
Order No. 4017

Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War, Volume One

Kenneth P. Williams

Lincoln Finds a General

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
Order No. 2088

 

Camp Morton, 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp

Hattie Lou Winslow & Joseph R. H. Moore

Camp Morton, 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp

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 reprinted1995 / ISBN 0-87195-114-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2599

Related Issues of The Indiana Historian

paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)

Indiana's 28th Regiment: Black Soldiers for the Union

Indiana's 28th Regiment: Black Soldiers for the Union

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/Order No. 7023