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Possible source for new bios

Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:16 pm

I know it's wikipedia, but it's something. This is a list of just about every general in the Civil War, North and South, and most of them have short pages available with biographical information.

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Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:09 am


This looks like exacly what you are requesting

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Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:49 pm

Gentlemen: these are the books you need.
These are the authoritative volumes from LSU Press. They contain a brief bio and a photograph of every General, North and South, in the War. There are a few exceptions, such as officers who were promoted late in the War in the Trans-Mississippi with no confirmation of promotion through Richmond, but virtually everyone is covered. These volumes make for excellent browsing.
"Can any reasonable man be well disposed towards a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself—a government that can exist only by the sword? This single consideration should be sufficient to dispose every peaceable citizen against such a government. But can we believe that one state will ever suffer itself to be used as an instrument of coercion? The thing is a dream. It is impossible."-Alexander Hamilton

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Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:28 am

I enjoy the challenge of placing generals in historical regions or states if possible. These look like good references that I have been looking for.

I have been using wikipedia but this appears to be more "official" and possibly more informative. Does anyone else have these? If so, what is your opinion of them?

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:42 pm

The two Warner books are excellent but if you can afford it, the much more recent Civil War High Commands- http://www.amazon.com/Civil-High-Commands-John-Eicher/dp/0804736413/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426362000&sr=1-1&keywords=civil+war+high+commands is a great single volume resource that builds on the information found in Generals in Blue/Gray and adds much more

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:08 pm

That sounds very interesting and what I may be looking for. As one reviewer states, "Reads like an Officer's Personnel Record, complete with photographs of individuals where available. It is particularly useful in bringing into clear focus the organizational structure, badges of rank and the different departments making up the respective armies."

Like you alluded to, it is not inexpensive. It may however be a valuable source of information to have on hand. It's under consideration.

I will report back if I purchase it. Thank you. :hat:

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