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I got in the mail an unexpected gift from a friend this book: http://tinyurl.com/ktfpsc (amazon.com listing) and it deals with the Irish in the CSA Army. Written By Phillip Thomas Tucker who has written 15 other books about the Civil War, Irish and African American history. Mr. Tucker is also historian for the United States Air Force.

What struck my interest was the author noting the different reasons why the Irish fought for the Union and why they fought for the Confederacy. He states that the Irish fought for the Union so they could improve their life in the North where they were considered lower class than even the freed black men. He states the reasons they fought for the Confederacy was that the struggle between North and South mirrored their image of the struggle for Irish independence from Great Britain. Also that the Irish were a lot better assimilated in the South meant they did have more to lose.

The book is broken down into chapters which deal with famous Irish actions during the war. None of these dwell into major detail about the battle, but picks out the spots the Rebel Irish played a major role. Several times the Rebel Irish fought the Irish Brigade (which was portrayed in God's and Generals).

The Chapters include:

10th Louisiana vs. Irish Brigade at Malvern Hill.
2nd, 20th Georgia at Rohrbach Bridge -Sharpsburg.
24th Georgia vs. Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg.
1st Missouri Confederate Brigade. at Champion Hill.
15th Alabama at Little Round Top.
1st Virginia in Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg .
Davis Guards (All Irish) (Coy. F) 1st Texas Heavy Artillery at Sabine Pass.
10th Tennessee Infantry at Fort Donelson.
What the book DOES NOT do is give a massive amount of detail to the battle other than to set up the role of the Irish in it. What is nice is that names of the Irish are given if known. And for Coy. F, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery the entire 47 man roster is given. Illustrations are plentiful for such a small book despite the inclusion of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain which was just mystified me. Also nice is there is a larger bibliography than I would have expected for a book this size. Five pages out of 127 is nice. Also included is an index that makes referencing back easy. With a list price of $16.95 the book is easily available to all readers who are interested in the Forgotten Soldiers of the Civil War.
Richard, wasn't Father John Bannon affiliated with the Missouri Tigers?

BTW, I just finished Smith's Champion Hill book. It has excellent coverage of their counterattack against Hovey's and Logan's Divisions on the hill. Great book all the way around.
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Richard, wasn't Father John Bannon affiliated with the Missouri Tigers?

BTW, I just finished Smith's Champion Hill book. It has excellent coverage of their counterattack against Hovey's and Logan's Divisions on the hill. Great book all the way around.
Yes he was. And if Smith's book is the one I am thinking about it is a great book. I should pull it out and reread it.
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one of my favorite books that has not been mentioned is Canadians in the Civil War by Claire Hoy. I am a Canadian and have always wondered if there was a connection with the birth of Canada (1867) and the american civil war. This book explains how the american civil war caused the birth of Canada. It really opened my eyes to how and why canada became a nation.



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I'll add a few more Civil War Blogs:

Civil War Books and Authors: Drew Wagenhoffer's blog is all about book reviews. He also offers author interviews and looks at upcoming titles.

Rantings of a Civil War Historian: Author Eric Wittenberg's personal blog focuses mainly on what Civil War material he is currently working on.

Bull Runnings: Harry Smeltzer's Bull Runnings is basically an online reference source for the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). He is currently uploading testimony in front of the Join Committee on the Conduct of the War which concerns events assocaited with First Bull Run. Other topics include the orders of battle, reports from the Official Records, and other interesting items from the battle.

TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog: My group Civil War blog composed of informed amateurs offers up book reviews, game reviews, information on the best books for particular battles and campaigns (a relatively new work in progress), preservation news, and much more. My Civil War blogroll offers the most complete list of Civil War blogs on the web.
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Some of y'all may already know about this site, but here is a link to the online store that you can order books from the Army Center of Military History.

http://bookstore.gpo.gov/mil-history.jsp
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Within the Missouri Secretary of State's site are two Digital collections containing between the two of them about 87 books. I counted them but did not do it twice so the count could be off a little.

The address is www.sos.mo.gov/mdh
click on collections
click on books, pamphlets, and monographs
then click on Civil War in Missouri-Monographs
farther down is the State Historical Society-The Civil War in Missouri

There is also within theSOS site the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project and this has several freedom suits brought by slaves before the war including the Dred Scott Case. There are 107 pages within the case papers for that case alone.
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Good cavalry training manual: http://mainecav.org/congdons/
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I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but project gutenberg has civil war related books. http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

One that caught my eye was the elusive The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis found here: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/19831

Naturally the source is biased in his beliefs, but as I have frequently mentioned I prefer 1st hand accounts despite the warts of not being academically rigid. Still people like our illustrious writers here produce not only academically rigid books, but darn fine good reading too.
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A useful resource.


Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories


http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/...egiment%3DME29
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The Memoirs of General Lee by A.L Long- old but well documented by Col. Long. Robert E.Lee by Emory Thomas- Rather recent update on the life of Lee, From Manassas to Appomattox by Gen.Longstreet-rather self-serving history, General James Longstreet-by Jeffery Wert- Better history then Longstreet wrote himself, Stonewall Jackson, and any CW book by James Robertson-always well done, Stonewall in the Valley by Robert G. Tanner-a great read,Shenandoah 1862 by Peter Cozzens- well written and well researched.,To The Gates of Richmond by Stephen W.Sears- as good as it gets until Chancellorville by Stephen W.Sears, Blood Image,Turner Ashby by Paul C.Anderson,Defend the Valley by Margraretta Barton Colt- somewhat a family history,The Wilderness Campaign edited by Gary Gallagher & written by terrific historians,Return to Bull Run by John Hennessy- clears up some misconceptions.,Mary Chesnut's Civil War- edited by C. Vann Woodward-this is a must read and 100's more, "No book is a Bible, its just a part of the picture".

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The Memoirs of General Lee by A.L Long- old but well documented by Col. Long. Robert E.Lee by Emory Thomas- Rather recent update on the life of Lee, From Manassas to Appomattox by Gen.Longstreet-rather self-serving history, General James Longstreet-by Jeffery Wert- Better history then Longstreet wrote himself, Stonewall Jackson, and any CW book by James Robertson-always well done, Stonewall in the Valley by Robert G. Tanner-a great read,Shenandoah 1862 by Peter Cozzens- well written and well researched.,To The Gates of Richmond by Stephen W.Sears- as good as it gets until Chancellorville by Stephen W.Sears, Blood Image,Turner Ashby by Paul C.Anderson,Defend the Valley by Margraretta Barton Colt- somewhat a family history,The Wilderness Campaign edited by Gary Gallagher & written by terrific historians,Return to Bull Run by John Hennessy- clears up some misconceptions.,Mary Chesnut's Civil War- edited by C. Vann Woodward-this is a must read and 100's more, "No book is a Bible, its just a part of the picture".
Interesting choices! Wert's book was better history than Longstreet's. I tend to give Longstreet a bit of a pass, because he was responding to the relentless attacks by your namesake and his friends from the SHS. I've heard great things, first hand, about James Robertson as a lecturer at VA Tech. I am less than enthusiastic about his Jackson biography. It seems hagiographical. In fact, it scares me a little that Ron Maxwell wanted Robertson (or was it the other way around?) to beef up Stephen Lang's portrayal of Jackson (I thought that Lang did well, but he was encumbered by the poor screenplay).

I find it interesting that you mentioned both Cozzens' new book and Tanner's together. It was partly because Tanner concentrated on the Confederate side in his book that Cozzens thought there was room for a more balanced account of the 1862 Valley Campaign.
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Interesting choices! Wert's book was better history than Longstreet's. I tend to give Longstreet a bit of a pass, because he was responding to the relentless attacks by your namesake and his friends from the SHS. I've heard great things, first hand, about James Robertson as a lecturer at VA Tech. I am less than enthusiastic about his Jackson biography. It seems hagiographical. In fact, it scares me a little that Ron Maxwell wanted Robertson (or was it the other way around?) to beef up Stephen Lang's portrayal of Jackson (I thought that Lang did well, but he was encumbered by the poor screenplay).

I find it interesting that you mentioned both Cozzens' new book and Tanner's together. It was partly because Tanner concentrated on the Confederate side in his book that Cozzens thought there was room for a more balanced account of the 1862 Valley Campaign.
I agree re Tanner--it was so one-sided that I no longer own it.
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Link for all the ordinances of secession, but not the rationales.

http://americancivilwar.com/document...secession.html

Here is a links to documents outlining the causes of secession for the 4 states, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, that issued them at their conventions. Below that is a link to the speech made by E. S. Dargon summing up the reasoning of the Alabama Convention.

http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/reasons.html

Alabama: E. S. Dargon Speech:
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Over at the Bull Runnings blog there is a link to a new journal (free) called the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era.


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Longwood University That a Nation Might Live. 'The Civil War's Sesquicentennial One Week at a Time' I linked to the first episode. Each post has a podcast which you can find under the illustration.



http://civilwar150.longwood.edu/2010...the-civil-war/
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