BOOKS ON CIVIL WAR HISTORY

      By Dr. Earl J. Hess

 

        Dr. Earl J. Hess (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1986) is a leading author of Civil War history books and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Dr. Hess's books focus on Civil War battles and campaigns, which he details with great accuracy and new insights. Called "one of the finest Civil War historians around," his work has garnered praise for its "combination of adroit writing, high intelligence, and well-reasoned but unabashed judgments" (Mark Grimsley, author of The Hard Hand of War). Readers will find that his books offer perspectives on both the Union and Confederate experience, and also reveal the driving motivations of combat soldiers, whether serving under Grant or Lee.

 

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- A Main Selection of the History Book Club

- A Selection of the Military Book Club and BOMC2 Online

 

Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia

 

Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg

 

In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

- Winner of the Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award, 2010

- Finalist for Peter Seaborg Award, 2010

 

The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat: Reality and Myth

- A Selection of the Military Book Club

- A Selection of the History Book Club

- Finalist for Peter Seaborg Award, 2009

 

Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign

- A Selection of the Military Book Club

 

Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove: A Battlefield Guide with a Section on Wire Road

- A Volume in the series This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields

 

Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864

- Finalist for Jefferson Davis Award, Museum of the Confederacy, 2006

 

Lee’s Tar Heels: The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade

 - Winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, 2003 

 

Pickett’s Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg

 - Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 2002

 - Winner of the James I. Robertson Literary Prize for Confederate History, 2002

 - A Selection of the Military Book Club

- A Selection of the History Book Club

 

Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River

-  A Volume in the Great Campaigns of the Civil War Series

 

The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat

 - Winner of the first annual U.S. Civil War Center's Book of the Year Award, 1997 

 - A Selection of the Military Book Club

 

Liberty, Virtue, and Progress: Northerners and Their War for the Union

 

Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West

 - A Selection of the History Book Club

 - A Selection of the Book of the Month Club

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