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Rhysius Cambrensis Inactive Member12 Sep 2017 4:49 a.m. PST

Hi there,

With the release of Fire & Fury Brigade 2nd edition rules (which I have just purchased) as well as some Kallistra ACW figures I was wondering what books you might recommend that are currently in print as a good general military history guide to the ACW and makes for good reading?

Kind Regards


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 5:20 a.m. PST

For a history of the war hard to go wrong with "Battle Cry of Freedom."

For a longer read but with a more novelistic style, Shelby Foote.

And for tactics "Battle Tactics of the Civil War" by Paddy Griffith, which explodes a lot of old ACW myths.

Hess' "The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat" is also eye opening.

KSmyth12 Sep 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

Bruce Catton's "This Hallowed Ground" for a single volume history, or his Army of the Potomac trilogy. Like Foote, he has a wonderful writing voice.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

Brent Noseworthy's book "The Bloody Crucible of Courage" is along the same lines as Paddy Griffith's book except much longer. It also includes naval action. All books above are good books, IMHO.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

Stephen Sears and Peter Cozzens are great ACW authors.

Major Mike12 Sep 2017 7:04 a.m. PST

"An American Illiad", by Charles Rowland

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Sep 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

The late Col. Harold Simpson's "Hood's Texas Brigade" is a great unit history.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

Pretty much anything by Peter Cozzens.

Don't get too caught up with the battles in Virginia. The western theater is really interesting. Try Thomas L. Connelly "The Army of the Heartland" and "Autumn of Glory" as a great place to start.

thosmoss12 Sep 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara is one of my favorite books of all time. Not much for a military guide, but excellent for a feel for the period.

wrgmr112 Sep 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

Second vote suggested by KSmyth Bruce Catton's "This Hallowed Ground".

coopman Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

John Michael Priest's detailed tactical descriptions are good too, if you really want to know what it was like for the soldiers in battle.

marshalGreg12 Sep 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

Is a good overall resource of the war.


Wolverine12 Sep 2017 2:49 p.m. PST


"The Civil War Source Book" is also a great place to start.

Rhysius Cambrensis Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 4:53 a.m. PST

Thank you all for making such excellent and helpful recommendations. I now have plenty to be getting on with in terms of painting and reading!

Thank you all.


womble67 Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 1:47 a.m. PST

My American Civil War Book Library. Hope it helps.

As always, comments are appreciated.

Take care


donlowry20 Oct 2017 8:31 a.m. PST

"A Short History of the Civil War" by Fletcher Pratt

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