Recommended Civil War Reading

My friend Peter Read moonlights as a Civil War historian. Recently, Peter gave an interesting talk at Jessie Peterman Library (Floyd, Virginia) on the Battle of Chickamauga. The timing of his talk coincided with the 150th anniversary of the battle, a Confederate victory that decimated both sides. Only the Battle of Gettysburg saw more casualties.

Peter also passed along a list of his favorite Civil War authors and titles.

Bruce Catton: The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, Never Call Retreat, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox, This Hallowed Ground

Peter Cozzens: This Terrible Sound, The Shipwreck of Their Hopes

James McPherson: For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Steve E. Woodworth: Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns

Those of us who live in or near Floyd are looking forward to Peter’s next Civil War talk in November.


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