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The Incredible Civil Warby Davis, Burke
Publisher: Burford Books
Retail Price: $14.95
Issue: Summer 2001
A reprint of Burke Davis's 1960 book, This Incredible Civil War features vignettes and trivia in chapters with such titles as "Mr. Lincoln's Beard," "Famous Onlookers," "Riots on the Home Front," and "Some Oddities of This Odd War." In accessible prose, Davis recounts the rations consumed by soldiers on the march, describes Confederate admiral Raphl Semmes's colorful career, notes the youthful ages of officers, traces the origin and recruitment of foreign-born soldiers, and lists the occupations of 20th-century descendants of famous Civil War generals.