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 1.  Blood & Sacrifice : The Civil War Journal of a Confederate Soldier
William Pitt Chambers, edited by Richard A. Baumgartner
Softcover, acid-free paper, 288 pages, 26 photographs, engravings & maps, notes, five appendices, index., Blue Acorn Press
A schoolteacher turned soldier, William Pitt Chambers served three years in the Army of Vicksburg and the Army of Tennessee, rising in rank from private to sergeant, orderly sergeant, sergeant major and acting adjutant of the 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. His 1862-1865 journal provides an open window to the hopes, dreams and fears of an intelligent, thoughtful Confederate enlisted man, and also chronicles nearly the entire history of his company and regiment through daily life and death in camp, on the march and in battles fought at Vicksburg, Port Gibson, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Allatoona, Franklin and Fort Blakely.

Reviews
"Well written, Blood & Sacrifice quickly sends into full retreat any notion that soldiering is a romantic adventure to be envied." - The Houston Post

"William Pitt Chambers left a memorable record that is noteworthy for its setting, quality of style and content. Blood & Sacrifice is a cut above theuutypical memoir; it has the style of Mary Boykin Chesnut's Diary from Dixieand the drama of Sam Watkins' Co. Aytch" - Historian / Author Rod Gragg

"Chambers' journal is one of the most interesting personal accounts of the war." - Curator Gordon A. Cotton, Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg

"Chambers' diary/memoir from the 46th Mississippi rates on a level with the standard by which all are judged, Co. Aytch. This unpretentious, honest account is a must for anyone who wants to understand the war from the front-line Confederate soldier's perspective." - Historian / Author John Michael Priest
033338 
Price: 18.95 USD

 

 

 2.  Blue Lightning : Wilder's Mounted Infantry Brigade in the Battle of Chickamauga
Richard A. Baumgartner
New, revised and greatly expanded edition. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 9 format, 392 pages, approx. 225 photographs, illustrations and maps. Notes, bibliography and index, Blue Acorn Press
With a potent combination of rapid-firing Spencer rifles, aggressive and determined leadership, and unlimited confidence in themselves, the soldiers of Col. John T. Wilder's mounted Lightning Brigade -- so christened during the summer of 1863 -- solidified a reputation in the savage battle of Chickamauga as one of the Union Army's hardest fighting and most effective combat organizations. His Indiana and Illinois regiments, along with Capt. Eli Lilly's Hoosier artillerymen, confronted troops from five different Confederate brigades during three days of fighting at Chickamauga, and badly bloodied them all.
In this new, revised and greatly expanded edition of Blue Lightning, author Richard A. Baumgartner skillfully blends dozens of first-person narratives, including eyewitness accounts from 75 different Lightning Brigade officers and enlisted men, with nearly 180 photographs (many never before published) to vividly depict one major segment of this brigade's proud history during the Civil War.
A recipient of the Alexander C. McClurg Award, Blue Lightning is among a number of critically acclaimed books written by Baumgartner. They include Kennesaw Mountain June 1864, Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg and Echoes of Battle: The Atlanta Campaign, which received the Richard B. Harwell Award.
This new version of Blue Lightning features approx. 10,000 more words of text and 45 additional photographs not found in the original 1997 (and out-of-print) edition.



Reviews
America's Civil War Magazine -- "Richard Baumgartner has combined photographs, first-hand accounts and solid research to produce a splendid book. The narrative crackles along with the implied speed of the title. Blue Lightning is an excellent addition to the Civil War bookshelf, and will undoubtedly emerge as one of the best of the year."

The Indianapolis Star -- "The Civil War continues to be of interest 145 years after the fact. Utilizing scores of first-hand documents and dozens of photographs and maps, author Richard Baumgartner presents a detailed and riveting account of the 'Lightning Brigade' during the battle of Chickamauga."

The Civil War News -- "Baumgartner combines a fluent literary style with scholarly research ... and provides the reader with a richly documented, well-written view of part of a confused and complicated battle. ... This book is well worth the read and should be in the library of anyone interested in the Civil War."

Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Indiana -- "Blue Lightning isn't like most Civil War accounts, and that's a relief. Well written and filled with rare photographs, it presents the engrossing story of everyday man ... who were part of a well-armed, hard-hitting unit that played a key role in one of the ghastliest campaigns of the war."

Blue & Gray Magazine -- "Through tight organization, careful transitions and clear prose, Blue Lightning offers the reader a goldmine of carefully selected passages from letters, diaries and reports, not to speak of a rich array of photographs. As one turns the pages ... these patriots from Indiana and Illinois come alive. They and their colonel and their seven-shot breechloaders changed the nature of warfare."
033352 
Price: 32.95 USD

 
 

 

 3.  Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg
Richard A. Baumgartner
Hardcover with dust jacket, 8-1/2" by 11" format, 254 pages, 244 photographs, engravings and maps, notes, bibliography and index., Blue Acorn Press
The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was the greatest ever fought in North America. Its participants included more than 4,400 Ohio citizen-soldiers, and nearly 30 percent of them were killed, wounded or captured during the tremendous three-day struggle. They came from cities, small towns and rural villages from Elyria to Eaton, Marietta to Maumee. Farmers, lawyers, mechanics, store clerks and a score of other occupations composed the Buckeyes' ranks, which contained not a few men of foreign birth. Ohioans were well represented in the infantry, artillery and cavalry -- immersed in mortal combat on what became hallowed ground at places named Blocher's Knoll, Culp's Hill, Cemetery Hill and Little Round Top. "The mental and physical strain of such prolonged conflict [was] excessive," wrote an Ohio artillerist. "I do not remember ever feeling more utterly used up in my life."
Only three Northern states had larger numbers of troops engaged. Curiously, Ohio's significant contribution to Federal victory never received in-depth, comprehensive coverage in the battle's subsequent literature. Until now. Author Richard A. Baumgartner, utilizing an engrossing style reminiscent of his previous books Blue Lightning and Kennesaw Mountain June 1864, focuses the spotlight on all Buckeye military organizations caught up in the fighting of July 1-3, 1863, as well as its prelude and aftermath. Relying heavily on first-person accounts -- many of them written in letter or diary form shortly after the gunfire faded -- Buckeye Blood deftly portrays the sense-numbing experience of the Gettysburg campaign through the voices of 160 different Ohioans. The insightful, frequently chilling narratives are complemented by a large collection of wartime photographs that brings unrivaled visual life to their meaningful words.
Following three days of bloody, exhaustive combat that swirled around the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, James F. Huntington relished an opportunity to rest after sundown July 3, 1863. "A grassy couch was never more welcome than on that night," the Ohio artillery captain later wrote. "I went to sleep, thankful that I could do so, a possessor of what is vulgarly but expressively called 'a whole skin.' "
More than 1,000 of Huntington's Ohio comrades at Gettysburg could not say the same. Almost 30 percent of those Buckeyes who fought in the Civil War's biggest battle were casualties, 263 losing their lives. Men like Barnet Steiner of Canton, Andrew Miller of Greenfield, Joshua Palmer of Urbana, George Helmich of Sandusky, Henry Brinkman of Cincinnati, James Kelly of Cleveland, Daniel Williams of Piqua, John Edmonds of Maumee, and 255 others from across the state. Hundreds more, including 19-year-old farmer Joseph Nelson, suffered life-altering wounds. He was hit by four different bullets and carried two of them to his grave in 1918. Of those captured, dozens died in Confederate captivity and many returned home wracked by debilitating diseases. Instances of bravery and heroic conduct abounded in the Buckeyes' ranks at Gettysburg, with four enlisted men receiving the Medal of Honor. Among these was German-born Richard Enderlin of Chillicothe, who dragged and carried to safety across a shot-swept field the mortally wounded great-grandfather of future U.S. President Richard M. Nixon.
"No one has previously attempted to explore in print the story of Ohio's long overlooked but important role in this tremendous battle," says author-historian Richard A. Baumgartner, whose new book Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg will be released by Blue Acorn Press in late January 2003. "That story seems best told through the words and photographs of Buckeye soldiers who were there, and is especially appropriate in view of 2003 being Ohio's Bicentennial as well as Gettysburg's 140th battle anniversary year. Buckeye Blood should appeal to casual readers and the scholarly oriented alike," Baumgartner believes. "For 14 decades Gettysburg's battlefield has drawn millions of tourists and history students to it like a magnet. Parts of it were consecrated by the blood of hundreds of Ohioans, and their sacrifice finally is being paid detailed attention."
03329X 
Price: 31.95 USD

 

 

 4.  Echoes of Battle : The Atlanta Campaign
L.M. Strayer and Richard A. Baumgartner
Softcover, 8-1/2" x 11" format, 361 pages, 301 wartime photographs, 9 maps, notes, bibliography & index., Blue Acorn Press
An illustrated compilation of Union and Confederate narratives by combatants who participated in one of the most important campaigns of the Civil War

Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca and New Hope Church. Pickett's Mill, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Ezra Church, Jonesboro: battles on Georgia soil in which thousands were killed, wounded or captured, and overshadowed for decades by attention paid to the Civil War in the East. But the Western Theater was equally important, perhaps more so strategically.
Using hundreds of diaries, letters, journals, memoirs, official reports and wartime photographs, Larry M. Strayer and Richard A. Baumgartner offer a unique, realistic portrayal of Gen. William T. Sherman's 1864 offensive to defeat the Confederate Army of Tennessee and capture the manufacturing, supply and rail center of Atlanta. Echoes of Battle: The Atlanta Campaign is a timeless tribute to the common soldiers and their commanding officers who struggled four arduous months for the city's possession.
First-person accounts from 285 different combatants bring this riveting story into focus, and are further brought to life with more than 300 photographs, many never before published. The resulting presentation provides a clear understanding of what it was like to carry a musket, live in mud-filled ditches, scrounge for food and lose comrades in battle during the war's final year. It is a companion piece to Blue Acorn Press' Echoes of Battle: The Struggle for Chattanooga.

Reviews
Winner of the Richard B. Harwell Award

"Strayer and Baumgartner have put together an outstanding collection of accounts, anecdotes and photographs.... It will delight any Civil War buff. " - Small Press Reviews

"This handsome folio-sized volume makes for absorbing reading.... Echoes of Battle is a very significant contribution to the history of the Civil War's western theater. " - Georgia Historical Quarterly


"The journals, letters and written accounts, supplemented with hundreds of vintage war photos, make for lively coverage ... and are edited and organized for maximum impact. " - The Midwest Book Review


"... an excellent collection [containing] much valuable material about the soldiers' food, sleeping conditions, the vermin that plagued the men, the fatigue, the weather, and other details about the soldiers' lot that helps to humanize the campaign and makes it more meaningful to the modern reader. This well-edited book is a highly commendable attempt to ensure that those who fought and suffered will not be forgotten. " - Journal of Southern History
033303 
Price: 39.95 USD

 
 

 

 5.  Kennesaw Mountain June 1864
Richard A. Baumgartner and Larry M. Strayer
Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11 format, 175 wartime photos, 11 engravings, maps, notes, bibliography, index., Blue Acorn Press
In less than a month, General William T. Sherman's blueclad columns had marched and fought to within 30 miles of the spires of Atlanta, Ga. But at rugged Kennesaw Mountain northwest of the city in June 1864, their progress was stymied by the weather, terrain and tenacious resistance of the veteran Army of Tennessee led by General Joseph E. Johnston.
"The days in front of Kennesaw," wrote a Confederate officer, "were the longest in the year. The firing began as soon as it was light enough for the gunners to see and all day long our line was searched by shot and shell. It will be readily understood how wearing this was to nerves and what a relief the coming of darkness brought." On the opposite side a Union soldier thought, "Only men of skin, bone and gristle could endure such service."
Authors Richard Baumgartner and Larry Strayer vividly describe the tactical maneuvering and brutal battles between Sherman's Federals and Johnston's Confederates by utilizing hundreds of participant's diaries, letters, journals, memoirs and reports, as well as 175 wartime photographs - combining eyewitness narratives and images in an engrossing format which has become a Blue Acorn Press hallmark.
This is the first book in 134 years to examine the killing fields surrounding Kennesaw, focusing on trench warfare and vicious fighting at Lost and Pine mountains, Gilgal Church, Noonday Creek, Mud Creek and Kolb's Farm, and culminating in Sherman's bloody repulse along Kennesaw's slopes on June 27.
033257 
Price: 19.95 USD

 

 

 6.  The Long Road Home : Ten Thousand Miles Through the Confederacy with the 68th Ohio
Myron B. Loop; edited by Richard A. Baumgartner
Hardcover with dust jacket, acid-free paper, 240 pages, 22 photos, notes, bibliography & index. , Blue Acorn Press
When the arrow was adopted as official badge for soldiers of the 17th Corps, Army of the Tennessee, Gen. Frank P. Blair Jr. quipped that it symbolized "their swiftness, the point their firmness whenever they strike, and the feathers their liking for chickens." Pvt. Myron Benjamin Loop would have agreed, knowing well his own regiment's predilection for long, hard marching, fighting and foraging. He belonged to the 68th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a veteran 17th Corps organization that saw nearly four years' service during the Civil War, most of it under Grant, Sherman, McPherson, Logan and Howard in the Army of the Tennessee. Observant and steadfast in keeping a daily wartime diary, Loop relied on it heavily to compose a memoir that was serialized in 21 issues of The National Tribune. His regiment's entire field service was traced, from Fort Donelson and the Hatchie River in 1862; Raymond, Champion Hill and the trenches of Vicksburg in 1863; the Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea in 1864; to closing scenes of 1865 in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Along the way the 68th Ohio traveled nearly 10,000 miles through the Confederacy, as Loop proudly pointed out: "We were on the soil of every Southern state except Texas and Florida." The journey was indeed a long one, at times fraught with hardship, sickness and boredom, at times with intense combat and celebration of victory. Because an "official" 68th Ohio regimental history never appeared in print, The Long Road Home doubles as a useful substitute. For this Blue Acorn Press presentation, historian and editor Richard A. Baumgartner has supplemented Loop's narrative with letter and diary excerpts written by 40 other 68th Ohio officers and enlisted men, and added 22 photographs and engravings.
The 68th Ohio's battle honors included: Fort Donelson, Pittsburg Landing, Siege of Corinth, Iuka, Hatchie River, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River, Vicksburg, Meridian campaign, Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy's Station, Savannah, Salkehatchie, Columbia and Bentonville.

033346 
Price: 27.95 USD

 
 

 

 7.  Yankee Tigers II : Civil War Field Correspondence from the Tiger Regiment of Ohio
Edited by Richard A. Baumgartner
Softcover, 295 pages, 57 wartime photographs, notes, appendix, bibliography & index, Blue Acorn Press
An illustrated collection of letters covering the 1863-1865 service of the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Featuring excerpts from the previously unpublished diary of Colonel Emerson Opdycke.

The 125th Ohio was among the most celebrated fighting regiments raised in the Buckeye State during the Civil War. It earned the nickname "Ohio Tigers" in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, and solidified its reputation in the war's western theater at Missionary Ridge, Dandridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain (where the 125th lost nearly a quarter of its effective strength), Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville.
On November 30, 1864 at Franklin, Tenn., the "Ohio Tigers" and their brigade charged headlong from a reserve position to plug a breach in the Union line. "I ... never felt the effects of exertion in battle half as much as on that occasion," confided Colonel Opdycke, but his regiment and brigade were credited by many with saving the day. One of Opdycke's aides wrote: "The motto of the 125th is 'A glorious victory or an honorable grave,' and it is a common saying here in the 4th Corps that where 'Opdycke's Tigers' cannot go, no other troops need try."
A compilation of letters written by nine different regimental members, Yankee Tigers II is illustrated with 57 photographs (many never before published) and ably edited by historian Richard A. Baumgartner, author of Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg. It is a companion piece to Yankee Tigers: Through the Civil War with the 125th Ohio, published by Blue Acorn Press in 1992.
03332X 
Price: 18.95 USD

     
 

 


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