The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research

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of War at Fort Delaware" ( 1968), and W. Emerson Wilson, Fort Delaware ( 1957), an accurate, well-written pamphlet.


DISSERTATIONS

A search for unpublished dissertations found only four titles, a clear sign that research in this field continues to languish. Mary B. Allen, "Joseph Holt, Judge Advocate General (1862-1875): A Study in the Treatment of Political Prisoners by the United States Government during the Civil War" ( 1927), dealt with a major Union figure. Minor H. McLain "Prison Conditions in Fort Warren, Boston, during the Civil War" ( 1955) was briefly summarized in his 1962 article. E. Marvin Thomas studied "Prisoner of War Exchange in the Civil War" ( 1976). Leslie G. Hunter apparently did not complete a thesis, "Warden for the Union: General William Hoffman (1807-1884)," in progress in the late 1960s.

There are no biographies, not only of Hoffman, but of Union figures like Generals John A. Dix, Sullivan A. Meredith, and John Elmer Mulford; or of Confederates such as exchange agent Colonel Robert Ould. The commandants of various major prisons on both sides also lack studies.


CONCLUSION

The treatment of prisoners of war has engendered bitterness and controversy since nations ceased killing their captives and began holding them for exchange. Yet for half a century after Appomattox, Northerners and Southerners accused each other of doing precisely that while insisting that their own hands were clean. The scant attention paid to this subject in the past eighty years is an indictment of the historical profession, particularly those who profess to care about this greatest conflict. The neglect by academic scholars has been remedied in part by William Marvel, who represents a growing trend in Civil War studies. Important books aimed at a broad audience are increasingly being written by nonacademics like William A. Frassanito, Ernest B. Furgurson, Kent Gramm, John J. Hennessy, Alan T. Nolan, Harry W. Pfanz, John Michael Priest, Stephen W. Sears, Noah Andre Trudeau, and Warren Wilkinson, to name only a few. Perhaps we are seeing a return to the days of Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote, Allan Nevins, and Douglas Southall Freeman. Unlike those giants, one can hope that this new generation considers the forgotten men of the Civil War: its prisoners.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

BOOKS

Beitzell Edwin W. Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates. Leonardtown, MD: St. Mary's County Historical Society, 1972.

Blakey Arch Fredric. General John H. Winder, C.S.A. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1990.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword James M. Mcpherson ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction Steven E. Woodworth xiii
  • Part I - General Secondary Sources 1
  • 1 - Surveys and Textbooks 3
  • Bibliography 9
  • 2 - General Reference Works 11
  • Bibliography 20
  • 3 - Bibliographies 23
  • Bibliography 27
  • 4 - Periodical Indexes 39
  • Bibliography 44
  • 5 - Genealogical Sources 46
  • Summary 52
  • Summary 52
  • Part II - General Primary Sources 57
  • 6 - Memoirs, Diaries, and Letters 59
  • Letters 73
  • 7 - Published Papers 75
  • Bibliography 83
  • 8 - Unpublished Manuscript Collections 85
  • Bibliography 94
  • Part III - Illustrative Materials 97
  • 9 - Maps, Charts, and Atlases 99
  • Bibliography 108
  • 10 - Photographs and Drawings 111
  • Bibliography 117
  • Part IV - Causation--Events Leading to the War 119
  • 11 - Slavery, Race, and Culture 121
  • Bibliography 128
  • 12 - Constitutional and Political Factors 131
  • Bibliography 141
  • 13 - Economic Factors 144
  • Bibliography 151
  • Part V - International Relations 155
  • 14 - Union International Relations 157
  • Bibliography 169
  • 15 - Confederate International Relations 177
  • Bibliography 184
  • Part VI - Leaders 187
  • 16 - Abraham Lincoln 189
  • Bibliography 200
  • 17 - Jefferson Davis 203
  • Bibliography 209
  • 18 - Union Civilian Leaders 216
  • Bibliography 225
  • 19 - Confederate Civilian Leaders 234
  • Bibliography 240
  • Part VII - Strategy and Tactics: Operations, Campaigns, and Battles 245
  • 20 - Eastern Theater 247
  • Bibliography 260
  • 21 - Western Theater 270
  • Bibliography 283
  • 22 - Trans-Mississippi Theater 287
  • Bibliography 295
  • 23 - War on Inland Waters 298
  • Bibliography 306
  • 24 - War at Sea 313
  • Bibliography 326
  • Part VIII - Conduct of the War 333
  • 25 - Leadership--Union Army Officers 335
  • Bibliography 341
  • 26 - Leadership--Confederate Army Officers 346
  • Bibliography 352
  • 27 - Leadership--Union Naval Officers 357
  • Bibliography 364
  • 28 - Leadership--Confederate Naval Officers 368
  • Bibliography 373
  • 29 - Modern War/Total War 379
  • Bibliography 387
  • 30 - Ordnance 390
  • Biblliography 400
  • 31 - Supplies 405
  • Conclusion 413
  • 32 - Intelligence Activities 419
  • Bibliography 428
  • 33 - Medical Activities 433
  • Suggested Areas for Future Research 445
  • 34 - Enlisted Soldiers 454
  • Bibliography 464
  • 35 - Prison Camps and Prisoners of War 466
  • Bibliography 475
  • Part IX - The Home Front 479
  • 36 - Northern State and Local Politics 481
  • Bibliography 490
  • 37 - Southern State and Local Politics 494
  • Bibliography 500
  • 38 - Industry, Agriculture, and the Economy 505
  • Bibliography 512
  • 39 - Northern Social Conditions 515
  • 40 - Southern Social Conditions 530
  • Bibliography 537
  • Part X - Reconstruction and Beyond 545
  • 41 - Southern Occupation 547
  • Bibliography 556
  • 42 - Economics 561
  • Bibliography 571
  • 43 - Emancipation, Freedmen, and the Freedmen's Bureau 576
  • Bibliography 584
  • 44 - Veterans' Organizations and Memories of the War 586
  • Notes 596
  • Part XI - Popular Media 601
  • 45 - Novels and Other Fictional Accounts 603
  • Conclusion 610
  • 46 - Films and Television 613
  • Bibliography 619
  • 47 - Musical and Narrative Recordings 620
  • Bibliography 657
  • Appendix - Publishers and Dealers of Civil War Literature 659
  • Index 679
  • Bout the Contributors 753
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