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Civil War eyewitnesses : an annotated bibliography of books and articles, 1986-1996
Cole, Garold.
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Publication Information:
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
ix, 271 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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E601 .C68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Military

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A catalogue of 596 firsthand accounts of the American Civil War published as books or periodical articles from 1986 to 1996. This listing includes diaries, letters and memoirs written by soldiers, civilians and foreign travellers. The historical importance of such pieces is also examined.

Author Notes

Garold L. Cole is professor of librarianship emeritus at Illinois State University in Normal

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The updated edition of Cole's award-winning 1988 work (CH, Oct'88) covers an additional decade of eyewitness accounts. His annotated bibliography lists primary source material (e.g., diaries, journals, letters, memoirs published as books or articles), and includes anthologies, compilations, and studies of personal accounts such as James M. McPherson's For Cause and Comrades (CH, Sep'97). The book has three sections ("The North, The South," "Anthologies, Studies," and "Foreign Travelers"), a comprehensive index, and insightful and well-written annotations that identify the eyewitnesses, summarize their activities, and "offer a glimpse at the writers' feelings and attitudes about the war and themselves." Most of the annotations provide the individual's rank, military units, military engagements witnessed, and notable observations or comments by the eyewitness, providing in effect hundreds of entertaining, thoughtful, and poignant anecdotes about the nation's greatest conflict. It is a welcome guide to the many personal narrative books and related compilations published since the mid-1990s. The exceptionally useful index provides names of eyewitnesses, their units, battles described, subjects covered, titles of their accounts, and editors of the narratives. Similar works like The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research, ed. by Steven E. Woodworth (CH, Jun'97), David J. Eicher's The Civil War in Books (CH, Jun'97), and Domenica M. Barbuto and Martha Kreisel's Guide to Civil War Books (1996), although wider in coverage, are not as complete or focused regarding personal accounts as Cole's. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. D. E. Richards; Southwest Missouri State University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
I. The North
A. Union Militaryp. 7
B. North Civilianp. 106
II. The South
A. Confederate Militaryp. 119
B. South Civilianp. 171
III. Anthologies, Studies, and Foreign Travelers
A. Generalp. 199
B. The Northp. 206
C. The Southp. 214
Indexp. 219