Review: Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War PDF Print E-mail

Review: Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated History

March 19th, 2009 by Brett Schulte

 

e281afidentificationdiscsofunionsoldiersinthecivilwarmaierstahlMaier, Larry B. and Stahl, Joseph W. Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated HistoryMcFarland (August 15, 2008). 222 pages, many illustrations, index. ISBN: 978-0786433100 $55.00 (Hardcover).

Did Civil War soldiers have dog tags?  Surprisingly, yes they did, and they are referred to today as “identification discs”.  In Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated History, authors Larry Maier and Joseph Stahl set out to define what an identification disc is, to catalog the various types of identification discs used during the war, to provide some brief biographies of soldiers whose identification discs still exist today, and to discuss how to tell the authenticity of such discs when buying and selling them either in person or online.  In this profusely illustrated book they have fully succeeded in their efforts.

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Review: The 13th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry C.S.A. PDF Print E-mail
Review: The 13th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry C.S.A. by Mike Wadsworth

from TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog by Brett Schulte


This is the third of four reviews scheduled for Tuesdays in March.  Each review will cover one of the first four volumes of the South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set series from Broadfoot Publishing Company.  A significant portion of each review will show you how this particular volume compared to the others in the series in terms of regimental history length, amount of annotation, depth and print size of rosters, bibliography, illustrations, and maps.  I do this to show readers just how different each volume can be.  The South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set bears a striking external appearance to the H.E. Howard Virginia Regimental Histories series.  These books were, in fact designed as a South Carolina answer to the Virginia unit histories.  Broadfoot hopes to publish 50 volumes in this set, but that plan is dependent on how well these and subsequent books in the series sell.  If you are interested in seeing this entire series printed, I encourage you to pick up these volumes immediately rather than put off purchases until later.
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System Specs PDF Print E-mail

I have had many requests to define our minimum specs for SOWGB.  Although we do not have a final platform, we can print out what we are running and what we think they will be:

 

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Review: Shenandoah 1862 by Peter Cozzens PDF Print E-mail

Review: Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign

Cozzens, Peter. Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley CampaignThe University of North Carolina Press (August 22, 2008). 640 pages, illustrations, 13 maps, endnotes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0807832004 $35.00 (Hardcover).

Why do books on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign always seem to focus on Stonewall Jackson and his hard-marching Valley Army at the expense of their Northern foes?  Author Peter Cozzens asked himself this question and sets out to provide a more balanced look at the campaign in the ironically subtitled Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign.  In doing so, Cozzens uses many new primary sources and comes to some interesting new conclusions than previous works.

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