Symposium Spotlight: Suggested Reading – Part 2

This week our Symposium Spotlight is back to fill out your spring reading list. In part two of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Fallen Leaders 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!

Jonathan Tracey, who will be presenting on “What If: Civil War Medicine,” recommends the following books:

Adams, George Worthington. Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.

Bollet, Alfred Jay. “Amputations in the Civil War.” In Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine. Edited by James M. Schmidt and Guy R. Hasegawa. Roseville, MN: Edinborough Press, 2009.

Coco, Gregory A. A Vast Sea of Misery: A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1 – November 20, 1863. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2017.

Devine, Shauna. Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Reimer, Terry. “Wounds, Ammunition, and Amputation.” Surgeon’s Call, Winter 2007. https://www.civilwarmed.org/surgeons-call/amputation1/

Rutkow, Ira M. Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of American Medicine (New York, NY: Random House, 2005).

Sarah Bierle, who will be presenting on “What If Rienzi Stumbled at Cedar Creek?” suggests the following books:

Davis, Daniel T. and Phillip S. Greenwalt. Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 (El Dorado, CA: Savas Beatie, 2013).

Gallagher, Gary W. Struggle for the Shenandoah: Essays on the 1864 Valley Campaign (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1991).

Noyalas, Jonathan A. Civil War Legacy in the Sheanandoah: Remembrance, Reunion & Reconciliation (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2015).

Noyalas, Jonathan A. The Battle of Cedar Creek: Victory from the Jaws of Defeat (Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia, 2009).

Stackpole, Edward J. Sheridan in the Shenandoah, 2nd edition (Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1992).

Wert, Jeffry D. From Winchester to Cedar Creek: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 (Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997).

Brian Matthew Jordan, who will be presenting an overview of the “What If” theme recommends the following books:

Ayers, Edward In The Presence of Mine Enemies and The Thin Light of Freedom

Mackowski, Chris and Brian Matthew Jordan, eds., The Great “What Ifs” of the American Civil War

McMurry, Richard The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm

Sheehan-Dean, Aaron, The Calculus of Violence

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2 Responses to Symposium Spotlight: Suggested Reading – Part 2

  1. mark harnitchek says:

    one of my favorites is the 1961 “granddad” of what ifs — “If the South had Won the Civil War” … it was written by the prolific Civil War novelist and Pulitizer Prize winning author of “Andersonville” MacKinlay Kantor … it’s a quick read at about 120 pages and begins in 1863 — Grant is killed in a freak accident during the Vicksburg campaign, a Confederate sniper gets Uncle Billy and Meade looses at Gettysburg … after the South wins there are lots of interesting military, social and political twists and turns, some of them plausible, others not so much … the book ends in 1963, but that’s enough spoilers … you have to read the book to know how it ends … Harry Turtledove wrote the intro to the latest edition acknowledging Kantor as the inspiration for his alternate history series

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