The Emerging Civil War Series

Recipient of the Army Historical Foundation’s Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry Award for contributions to the literature on the history of the U.S. Army: “an invaluable collection of Civil War battlefield guides”

“The authors of this Savas Beatie series continue to provide quality additions to the conflict’s literature.” — Civil War News

“The Emerging Civil War Series has been a pleasure to read since its inception . . . .” — Gettysburg Chronicle

The Civil War is America’s great story. We want to introduce as many people as possible to that history by telling the war’s many great stories in fresh new ways.

The Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie LLC, offers compelling and easy-to-read overviews of some of the Civil War’s most important battles and issues. Each volume features more than a hundred-and-fifty photos and graphics, plus sharp new maps and visually engaging layouts.

To order any of these titles, visit their individual pages or the Savas Beatie website. Signed copies are available.

Publications in this Series:

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by Emerging Civil War

To Hell or Richmond: The 1862 Peninsula Campaign by Doug Crenshaw and Drew A. Gruber Stay and Fight it Out: The Second Day at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 – Culp’s Hill and the North End of the Battlefield by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White, and Daniel T. Davis John Brown’s Raid: Harpers Ferry and the […]

The Aftermath of Battle

by Chris Mackowski

“After the battle, what did they do with all the bodies?” — common question from battlefield visitors The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead by Meg Groeling Savas Beatie, 2015 192 pp.; 211 images ISBN: 978-1-61121-189-4 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *   […]

All the Fighting They Want

by Daniel Davis

“Let us give these southern fellows all the fighting they want and when they are tired we can tell them we are just warming to the work.” — Sherman to Grant, August 7, 1864 All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peachtree Creek to the City’s Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864 Savas Beatie, […]

All Hell Can’t Stop Them

by Emerging Civil War

All Hell Can’t Stop Them: The Battles for Chattanooga: Missionary Ridge and Ringgold. November 24 – 27, 1863 by David A. Powell Savas Beatie, 2019 192 pp.; 120 images; 8 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-413-0 Click here to order *    *     * About the Book To many of the Federal soldiers watching the Stars […]

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them

by Emerging Civil War

Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6 – 7, 1862 by Gregory A. Mertz Savas Beatie, 2019 192 pp.; 166 images; 17 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-313-3 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *     * About the Book Attack at daylight and […]

Battle Above the Clouds

by Daniel Davis

“I have gained a great victory and there is none to share the laurels with me. But Oh! How dear it has cost me. My dear beloved boy is the sacrifice.” —John W. Geary, in a letter to his wife, November 2, 1863 The Battle above the Clouds: Lifting the Siege of Chattanooga and the […]

Bloody Autumn

by Emerging Civil War

“In pushing up the Shenandoah Valley . . . it is desirable that nothing should be left to invite the enemy to return. Take all provisions, forage, and stock wanted for the use of your command; such as cannot be consumed, destroy.” — Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan Bloody Autumn: […]

Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale

by Chris Mackowski

“We had no time to pause for thought of dread or danger. We were in the very jaws of the monster.” — Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Sawyer 24th Alabama Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863 by William Lee White Savas Beatie, 2013 192 pp.; 244 images, 8 maps ISBN-13: 978-1-61121-158-0 […]

Calamity in Carolina

by Emerging Civil War

“Concentrate all available forces and stop Sherman.” — Robert E. Lee to Joseph E. Johnston, February 22, 1865 Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville by Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt Savas Beatie, 2015 168 pp.; 148 images, 8 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-245-7 Click here to order *    *     * […]

Call Out the Cadets

by Emerging Civil War

Call Out the Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864 by Sarah Kay Bierle Savas Beatie, 2019 192 pp.; 180 images; 10 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-469-7 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *     * About the Book “May God forgive me for the order,” […]

Dawn of Victory

by Chris Mackowski

“The turn of things on that memorable morning was a turn that filled the soul with gladness. At dawning of day, we could see comrades bleeding, dying and dead, and it was sad to see our fallen heroes, but high above the sobs of death could be heard the shouts of victory, victory, victory.” — Sgt. Francis Cordrey, 126th Ohio Infantry […]

Determined to Stand and Fight

by Daniel Davis

“I therefore decided to turn down the Valley and proceed according to your instructions to threaten Washington and—if I find an opportunity—to take it.” —Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA “These men died to save the National Capital, and they did save it.” —Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace, USA Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle […]

Don’t Give an Inch

by Chris Mackowski

“Don’t give an inch, boys! Don’t give an inch!” — Col. Strong Vincent on Little Round Top Don’t Give an Inch: The Second Day at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863—from Little Round Top to Cemetery Ridge by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White, and Daniel T. Davis Savas Beatie, 2016 192 pp.; illustrations, 10 maps ISBN: 978-1611212297 […]

Embattled Capital

by Emerging Civil War

Embattled Capital: A Guide to Richmond during the Civil War by Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw Savas Beatie, 2021 192 pp.; 150 images; 10 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-491-8 Click here to order *    *     * About the Book About the Book “On To Richmond!” cried editors for the New York Tribune in […]

Fight Like the Devil

by Chris Mackowski

“You will have to fight like the devil to hold your own. . . .” — Maj. Gen. John Buford Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863 by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White, and Daniel T. Davis Savas Beatie, 2015 192 pp.; 212 images, 9 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-227-3 Click here to order Also […]

Grant’s Left Hook

by Sheritta Bitikofer

Grant’s Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5-June 7, 1864 by Sean Michael Chick Savas Beatie, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-61121-483-3 eISBN: 978-1-61121-439-0 Specs: 150 images, 15 maps 192 pp Click here to order *    *     * About the Book Robert E. Lee feared the day the Union army would return up the James […]

Grant’s Last Battle

by Chris Mackowski

“If I succeed in telling my story so that others can see as I do what I attempt to show, I will be satisfied. The reader must also be satisfied, for he knows from the beginning what to expect.” — Ulysses S. Grant Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. […]

The Great Battle Never Fought

by Emerging Civil War

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26 – December 2, 1863 by Chris Mackowski Savas Beatie, 2018 192 pp.; 175 images; 8 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-407-9 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *     * About the Book The stakes for George Gordon […]

Hell Itself

by Daniel Davis

“All circumstances seemed to combine to make the scene one of unutterable horror. At times the wind howled before the tree-tops, mingling its moans with the groans of the dying, and heavy branches were cut off by the fire of the artillery, and fell crashing upon the heads of the men, adding a new terror […]

Hellmira

by Emerging Civil War

Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp – Elmira, NY by Derek Maxfield Savas Beatie, 2020 192 pp.; 150 images; 10 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-487-1 Click here to order *    *     * About the Book Long called by some the “Andersonville of the North,” the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, […]

Hurricane from the Heavens

by Emerging Civil War

Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26-June 5, 1864 by Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt Savas Beatie, 2014 192 pp.; 12 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-187-0 Click here to order *     *     * “Lee’s army is really whipped,” Federal commander Ulysses S. Grant believed. May 1864 had […]

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson

by Chris Mackowski

“With deep grief, the commanding general announces to the army the death of Lt. Gen. T. J. Jackson, who expired on the 10th inst, at 3:15 PM. The daring, skill, and energy of this great and good soldier, by the decree of an all-wise Providence, are now lost to us.” — Gen. Robert E. Lee The Last […]

Last Road North

by Daniel Davis

“I thought my men were invincible.” – Gen. Robert E. Lee Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign Savas Beatie, 2016 192 pp; 150 images, 17 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-243-3 Click here to order *     *     * About the Book: A string of battlefield victories through 1862 had culminated in the […]

Let Us Die Like Men

by Emerging Civil War

Let Us Die Like Men: The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864 by William Lee White Savas Beatie, 2019 192 pp.; 198 images; 12 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-296-9 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *     * About the Book John Bell Hood had done his job […]

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg

by Sheritta Bitikofer

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Creation of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by Bradley M. Gottfried and Linda I. Gottfried Savas Beatie, 2021 ISBN:978-1-61121-559-5 Specs:180 images, 10 maps, 192 pp. Click here to order *    *     * About the Book Almost 8,000 dead dotted the fields of Gettysburg after the […]

A Long and Bloody Task

by Daniel Davis

“The approach of warm weather told us that our work for the summer would soon commence, but I do not think anyone had a thought that the task would prove so long and bloody.”— diary of Sgt. James Litton Cooper, 20th Tennessee, spring 1864 A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through […]

The Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry

by Emerging Civil War

The Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry: George A. Custer in the Civil War by Daniel T. Davis Savas Beatie, 2019 192 pp.; 165 images; 7 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-411-6 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order *    *     * On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer […]

A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

by Sheritta Bitikofer

“The Mississippi River is the backbone of the Rebellion; it is the key to the whole situation.” – Abraham Lincoln A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862 by Mark F. Bielski Savas Beatie, 2021 ISBN:978-1-61121-489-5 eISBN:978-1-61121-490-1 Specs:150 images, 10 maps, 192 pp Click here to order *    *     […]

No Turning Back

by Kristopher D White

“Well, if you see the President, tell him from me that, whatever happens, there will be no turning back.” — Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant May 5, 1864 No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign, from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May 4-June 13, 1864 by Robert M. Dunkerly, Donald C. Pfanz, and […]

Out Flew the Sabres

by Daniel Davis

“Out flew the sabres, and most handsomely they were used.” –Brig. Gen. John Buford Out Flew the Sabres: The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863  Savas Beatie, 2016 192 pp.; 150 images, 8 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-256-3 Click here to order *     *     * About the Book: One day. Fourteen hours. Twelve thousand […]

Passing Through the Fire

by Sheritta Bitikofer

Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War by Brian F. Swartz Savas Beatie, 2021 ISBN:978-1-61121-561-8 Specs:180 images, 10 maps, 192 pp. Click here to order *    *     * About the Book As the brigade he commanded attacked a Confederate battery on a hill outside Petersburg in July 1864, a […]

Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up

by Daniel Davis

“Richmond shall not be given up! It shall never be given up!” -Gen. Robert E. Lee Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1863 Savas Beatie, 2017 192 pp; 150 images, 13 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-355-3 Click here to order *     *      * About the Book: In the […]

A Season of Slaughter

by Chris Mackowski

“One thing is certain of this campaign thus far, and that is that more blood has been shed, more lives lost, and more human suffering undergone, than ever before in a season.”  — Dr. Daniel Holt, 121st New York Infantry A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 8-21, 1864 by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White Savas […]

Simply Murder

by Chris Mackowski

“What a bloody, one-sided battle this was. It was simply murder . . . . We can see when we have a chance; here we had none.” — Union soldier Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862 by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White Savas Beatie, 2012 192 pp.; 6 maps, 205 pictures ISBN: 978-1-61121-146-7 […]

Strike Them a Blow

by Chris Mackowski

“If I can get one more pull at [Grant], I will defeat him.” — Robert E. Lee “Everything looks exceedingly favorable to us.” — Ulysses S. Grant Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River, May 21-25, 1864 by Chris Mackowski Savas Beatie, 2015 192 pp.; 179 images, 11 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-254-9 Click […]

That Field of Blood

by Kevin Pawlak

“Upon this field of Antietam was fought one of the most desperate battles of the War of the Rebellion, upon the outcome of which hung the destinies and liberties of millions of human beings.” -Robert P. Kennedy, 23rd Ohio Infantry, October 13, 1903 That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 Savas […]

That Furious Struggle

by Chris Mackowski

That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-4, 1863 by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White Savas Beatie, 2014 192 pp.; maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-219-8 Click here to order Also available in Audiobook! Click here to order  “Richly illustrated, including scores of maps and photographs, this book is part battle history […]

To the Bitter End

by Chris Mackowski

“We do not know whether armed resistance is over or whether we are to fight on to the biter end.” — Kate Stone, May 20, 1865 “[O]fficers of the division were steadfast to the bitter end.” — Col. Winchester Hall, 26th Louisiana, May 19, 1865 To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders […]

To Hazard All

by Emerging Civil War

“The present seems to be the most propitious time since the commencement of the war for the Confederate Army to enter Maryland,” wrote Robert E. Lee following his army’s stunning success at Second Manassas. To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862 by Robert Orrison & Kevin R. Pawlak Savas Beatie, 2018 192 […]

Traces of the Bloody Struggle

by Chris Mackowski

Traces of the Bloody Struggle: The Civil War at Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania Court House by Chris Mackowski Savas Beatie, 2016 eISBN: 978-1-94066-966-3 Click here to order *     *     * About the Book: As the May 1864 Overland Campaign shifted from the Wilderness toward Spotsylvania Court House, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee successfully […]

Unlike Anything that Ever Floated

by Emerging Civil War

Unlike Anything that Ever Floated: The Monitor and Virginia and the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8 – 9, 1862 by Dwight Sturtevant Hughes Savas Beatie, 2021 192 pp.; 150 images; 10 maps ISBN: 978-1-61121-525-0 Click here to order     *    *     * About the Book: “Ironclad against ironclad, we maneuvered […]

A Want of Vigilance

by Chris Mackowski

“Twice baptized in blood for Liberty’s sake, it will be a place to which in after times pilgrimages will be made by those who reverence the glorious, though suffering, past.” — Rev. Joseph Hopkins Twitchell, 71st NY Infantry A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9-19, 1863 by Bill Backus and Robert Orrison Savas […]

ECWS Endnotes/Footnotes/Citations

by Emerging Civil War

The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead by Meg Groeling: Endnotes and Sources The Carnage Was Fearful: The Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862 by Michael E. Block: Footnotes Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg, March 25-April 2, 1865 by Edward S. Alexander: Footnotes and Sources Determined to Stand and Fight: […]

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