Our Books

Study Civil War history and read Entrepot: Government Imports into the Confederate States by C. W. Webster III, Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren by Eric Wittenberg and Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine, James M. Schmidt and Guy R. Hasegawa, editors.

 

Live Steam of Years Gone By
Charles Purinton was the son of Charles A. “Carl” Purinton, who later would be referred to as, “the father of live steam in America.” Carl organized the Brotherhood of Live Steamers (BLS) and served for many years as its unpaid secretary. This book began with an essay composed by Charles S. Purinton in 1987 in which he put down on paper his early memories of growing up with the pioneering builders of live steam locomotives in the 1930s and 40s.

Entrepot: Government Imports into the Confederate States
Examining the history of Civil War blockade running, this unrivalled compliation reveals the arms, equipment, and clothing brought into the Confederacy during the American Civil War. A unique depiction of a perilous trade, this rceord sheds dramatic light on the surprising pervasiveness of imported war material as well as the effectiveness and sophistication of the Confederate supply system.
Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine
Correcting the pervading myths of Civil War medicine perpetuated by Hollywood dramatizations, this book covers how the sick and wounded were treated on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. These essays are written by experts in their respective fields, including medical education, science, invention, neuroscience, and mental health.
Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren
Eric Wittenberg gives readers the first biography of Ulric Dahlgren, a brilliant, ambitious young man who became the youngest full colonel in the United States Army at the age of 21, yet died before his 22nd birthday. This account chronicles his full life story, looking at his military career and addressing the notorious Dahlgren Raid.
Lincoln's Labels: America's Best Known Brands and the Civil War
James Schmidt relates the rarely-told stories of these and other companies that played an important role in the Civil War by supplying food, medicine, clothing, weapons, and services as grim as shipping home the bodies of the fallen. The book also explores how the war affected the companies. Now available in softbound edition.
Skirmisher: The Life, Times, & Political Career of James Weaver
Robert Mitchell tells the story of a 19th-century politician whose two campaigns for the White House helped change the course of American politics. Weaver served three terms in Congress and ran twice for president, once as the nominee of the Greenback-Labor Party in 1880 and again as the Populist nominee in 1892, when he carried four states.
Becoming the Mother of Me
Kathryn Adams Doty grew up as the daughter of a German Methodist minister. After his untimely death, she tries to come to grips with her father’s wish that she become “a blessing for mankind,” but instead heads to Hollywood. Kathryn grows to understand and appreciate her mother’s special gifts and, in doing so, learns to accept herself as well.
Grace Flandrau: Voice Interrupted
Grace Flandrau was a contemporary of F. Scott Fitzgerald, sharing both a hometown--Saint Paul, Minnesota--and an editor, the legendary Maxwell Perkins. She wrote six books and more than four dozen stories. Three works were turned into movies. During her life, she was one of Minnesota's best- known writers.
Louisa May Alcott's Civil War
As a writer, Louisa May Alcott first gained a national reputation during the Civil War. This is the first complete collection of her stories based on the war and includes Hospital Sketches, a novel based on her experience as a nurse, and excerpts from her wartime journals.
The Indians' Revenge
Reverend Alexander Berghold gathered the history of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862 from neighbors in his parish of New Ulm, Minnesota. His book, first published in the 1890s, is one of the most significant original sources, told with compassion for both sides.
Wild Orphan
When hard times force her mother to take a night job, Elizabeth Eibers is placed in an orphanage in rural Missouri. There, she suffers under the strict discipline of Father Gastmann, but finds solace in her growing friendship with Georgiana, a tough “wild” orphan.
Pauline Cushman

Pauline Cushman: Spy of the Cumberland
Pauline Cushman, actress, is transformed by her service for the Union Army in 1863 into the role of the Spy of the Cumberland-- a "script" based on fact and myth. Her journey takes her from P. T. Barnum's show to the Old West.

Our Army Nurses Turn Backward O Time: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Shelton
Amanda Shelton, age twenty, left Iowa in 1864 to serve as a nurse for the Union. Her diary describes her work and her growing understanding of social and professional relationships. Editor Kathleen Hanson adds an insightful introduction and comprehensive notes.
Memories of New Ulm

Memories of New Ulm: My Experiences during the Indian Uprising in Minnesota
Written by Rudolf Leonhart, this remarkable memoir looks back at his fateful year in New Ulm. Newly translated from German by Don Heinrich Tolzmann.

A Long Year of Silence
When the United States enters World War I in 1917, Emma Altenberg's world is turned upside down. Anti-German hysteria sweeps through Minnesota, disrupting the lives of friends and family. A new historical novel by Kathryn Adams Doty.

Our Army Nurses Gettysburg & the Christian Commission
The book includes important contemporary accounts of the battle’s aftermath, including the first complete publication of the diary of John Calhoun Chamberlain, one of the first delegates at Gettysburg and brother of the hero of Little Round Top.
Heart Toward Home My Heart Toward Home: Letters of a Family
This collection of family letters tells the story of one of the Civil War's most remarkable families -- the Woolseys of New York. Georgeanna, Eliza, Jane, and Caroline serve as nurses. Their mother heads to Gettysburg after the battle. When the war ended, three sisters help to shape the future of the nursing profession.
Heart Toward Home

Hospital Days: Reminiscence of a Civil War Nurse
Jane Stuart Woolsey's widely-praised reminiscence of her service as a Civil War nurse is now available in a revised second edition.

Heart Toward Home

Our Army Nurses: Stories from Women in the Civil War
In 1896, Mary Holland collected stories from one hundred Civil War nurses. Their stories, published here, are full of drama, pathos, sorrow, and humor.

Daily Except Sundays
The diaries of Philip T. Adams, an engineman on the Essex branch of the Eastern Railroad, open windows into history, recording the day-to-day operations of the railroad, glimpses of life in Essex, Massachusetts, and a look into the life of Philip Adams and his family.

Pfaender Wilhelm Pfaender and the American Experience
In this book, two German writers, Hans Muller and Annette Hofmann, look at Wilhelm Pfaender's life from the perspective of his native homeland, recognizing the significant place that he holds in German American history.
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