U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles

The U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles


These guides combine eyewitness accounts with explicit details about advances and retreats, leadership strategies, obstacles, achievements, and blunders to bring the exploits to life. They provide directions to key points of interest on the battlefield and maps that illustrate the action and show details of troop positions, roads, rivers, elevations, and tree lines as they were 150 years ago. Used in the field, these guides will help recreate the battle's setting and proportions, giving the reader a sense of the physical and psychological obstacles each soldier faced.

“These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War.”—William C. Davis

“These are the most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success.”—James. M. McPherson

“I most highly recommend this important and valuable series of guidebooks.”—Herman Hattaway

For more information about the series, please contact: Joyce Harrison, Editor in Chief, University Press of Kansas: joyce@ku.edu.


U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles - Series

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Guide to the Atlanta Campaign

Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain

Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson, eds

May 2008
400 pages

Guide to the Battle of Antietam

Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson, eds.

September 1996
332 pages

Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga

Matt Spruill

September 2018
464 pages

Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Edited by Jay Luvaas, Harold W. Nelson, and Leonard J. Fullenkamp

May 2012
360 pages

Guide to the Battle of Shiloh

Jay Luvaas, Leonard Fullenkamp, and Stephen Bowman, eds.

October 1996
270 pages

Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg

Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson, eds.

October 1996
382 pages

Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Charles R. Bowery, Jr. and Ethan S. Rafuse

June 2014
536 pages

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