Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia

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American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-528-0). E-book available (978-1-59884-529-7), call for pricing.

Obviously there is no shortage of available resources on the American Civil War. Nor is there a shortage of encyclopedias covering this seminal event from numerous perspectives and vantage points. However, there are not many sources looking specifically at the war from a state-by-state viewpoint. Two separate books with the same title have covered this territory previously. The Civil War State by State by Paul Brewer (Thunder Bay 2004), and more recently, Chester G. Hearn's unrelated work by the same name (BlueRedPress 2013) take the state approach. However, neither work is nearly as in-depth and detailed as this new release edited by the senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO, who has authored or edited a long list of military history books and encyclopedias. Also, the previous editions mentioned have a great emphasis on color graphics and appealing layout, and are not intended as a starting point for scholarly research. This latest release, however, is clearly focused on providing historical background information while also pointing the user to further research and analysis by way of Further Reading lists and a "Select Bibliography."

The two volumes are simply organized alphabetically by state or territory into forty-four chapters. There were thirty-four states at the start of the war, and thirty-six by the end, with West Virginia and Nevada joining the Union mid-war. Each of these chapters begins with an Introduction providing geographical and historical context. Next are listed "Key Cities/Towns," "Key Military Facilities," and "Notable Individuals," which includes civilians, politicians, and military figures. Finally, "Notable Battles" are listed, if any. Clearly, a state like Virginia will merit a longer section than California. Yet whatever manner of participation in the war took place in a region, whether by contributing soldiers, generals, ammunition, or food, this set will cover it. …

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