Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Pt. 1

This week our Symposium Spotlight will get you excited about a summer reading list. In part one of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War.” Let us know in the comments if you have read any of these, recommend any, or ones that you are looking forward to picking up!

Kristen Pawlak, who will be speaking on the battle of Wilson’s Creek has sent in the following reading suggestions:

Castel, Albert. General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 1993.

Cutrer, Thomas W. Ben McCulloch and the Frontier Military Tradition. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 1993.

Hess, Earl J., Richard W. Hatcher III, William Garrett Piston, and William L. Shea. Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove: A Battlefield Guide with a Section on the Wire Road. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2006.

Patrick, Jeffrey. The Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins. Buffalo Gap, TX: McWhitney Foundation Press. 2011.

Phillips, Christopher. Damned Yankee: The Life of General Nathaniel Lyon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 1996.

Piston, William Garrett and Richard W. Hatcher III. Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2004.

Sarah Kay Bierle has given us several titles to consider when reading about the campaign that resulted in the battle of New Market, including her first release in the Emerging Civil War Series:

Bierle, Sarah Kay. Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864. Emerging Civil War Series. Savas Beatie, 2019.

Davis, William C. Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol. The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

Engle, Stephen D. Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel. Louisiana State University Press, 1993.

Grimsely, Mark. And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864. University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Heatwole, John L. Chrisman’s Boy Company: A History of the Civil War service of Company A, 3rd Battalion, Virginia Mounted Reserves. Mountain and Valley Publishing, 2000.

Knight, Charles R. Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market and the Opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, May 1864. Savas Beatie, 2010.

Lincoln, William S. Life in the 34th Massachusetts. 1870.

Powell, David A. Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah: Major General Franz Sigel and the War in the Valley of Virginia, May 1864. Savas Beatie, 2018.

Digging through Civil War Florida historiography, Phill Greenwalt recommends picking up the following titles to learn more about Olustee:

Nulty, William H. Confederate Florida, The Road to Olustee.

Revels, Tracy J. Florida’s Civil War: Terrible Sacrifices.

Schafer, Daniel L. Thunder on the River, The Civil War in Northeast Florida.

Weitz, Seth A. and Jonathan C. Sheppard, eds. A Forgotten Front, Florida During the Civil War Era.

Our last book suggestions this week comes to us from Dwight Hughes. Dwight will be speaking on combined operations during the 1862 North Carolina campaign:

Dougherty, Kevin. Strangling the Confederacy: Coastal Operations of the American Civil War. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2009.

Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War, Chapter 5, “Stillborn between Earth and Water: The Unfulfilled Promise of Joint Operations.” Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Reed, Rowena. Combined Operations in the Civil War. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1978.

Roberts, William H. Now for the Contest: Coastal and Oceanic Naval Operations in the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Sauers, Richard A. “A Succession of Honorable Victories: The Burnside Expedition in North Carolina. Dayton, Ohio: Morningside House, Inc., 1996.

Symonds, Craig L., ed. Union Combined Operations in the Civil War. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Want to learn more about these “Forgotten Battles”? Come to the 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium. You can find out more information about the 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium by clicking here.

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