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Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War

Clarence R. Geier and Stephen R. Potter

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From studies of Antietam Battlefield, site of the bloodiest day in American military history, to Andersonville, the infamous Confederate prison, these graphically illustrated essays broaden our understanding of the American Civil War. They demonstrate how historical archaeology, combined with the traditional techniques of history, generates new insights into battlefield tactics, social and military history, and the effects of the war on civilians and communities.

Introduction, by Edwin C. Bearss
"To Peel This Land," by Clarence R. Geier and Stephen R. Potter
Part I. Tactics and the Conduct of Battle
1. "No Maneuvering and Very Little Tactics": Archaeology and the Battle of Brawner Farm, by Stephen R. Potter, Robert C. Sonderman, Marian C. Creveling, and Susannah L. Dean
2. The Submarine H. L. Hunley: Confederate Innovation and Southern Icon, by Steven D. Smith
3. Fortifying the Landscape: An Archaeological Study of Military Engineering and the Atlanta Campaign, by Robert J. Fryman
4. An Irishman Dies at Antietam: An Archaeology of the Individual, by Stephen R. Potter and Douglas W. Owsley
5. The Battle of Cool Spring, July 16-20, 1864, by Joseph Whitehorne and Clarence R. Geier
Part II. The Home Front and Military Life
6. "For the Convenience and Comforts of the Soldiers and Employees at the Depot": Archaeology of the Owens' House/Post Office Complex, Camp Nelson, Kentucky, by W. Stephen McBride, Susan C. Andrews, and Sean P. Coughlin
7. Defending the Capital: The Civil War Garrison at Fort C. F. Smith, by Joseph Balicki
8. The Sheridan Field Hospital, Winchester, Virginia, 1864, by Joseph W. A. Whitehorne, Clarence R. Geier, and Warren R. Hofstra
9. Far from the Battlefield: Archaeology at Andersonville Prison, by Guy Prentice and Marie C. Prentice
10. Antietam: The Cultural Impact of Battle on an Agrarian Landscape, by Elise Manning-Sterling
11. "Four Years of Hell": Domestic Life in Harpers Ferry during the Civil War, by Paul A. Shackel
12. "The Colored Laborers Work as Well as When Slaves": African Americans in the Breadbasket of the Confederacy, 1850-1880, by Kenneth E. Koons
13. "Free within Ourselves": African American Landscapes at Manassas National Battlefield Park, by Laura J. Galke
14. Battling beyond First and Second Manassas: Perseverance on a Free African American Farm Site, by Erika K. Martin Seibert and Mia Parsons
Part III. New Methods and Techniques
15. The Archaeology of Retreat: Systematic Metal Detector Survey and Information System Analysis at the Battlefield of Chickamauga, September 1863, by John E. Cornelison, Jr.
16. Surveying the Civil War: Methodological Approaches at Antietam Battlefield, by Bruce B. Sterling and Bernard W. Slaughter
17. Archaeological Interpretations of the Battle of Antietam through Analysis of Small Arms Projectiles, by Bruce B. Sterling
18. Double the Cannister and Give ‘Em Hell: Artillery at Antietam, by Jeffrey Harbison

About the Editors:
Clarence R. Geier, professor of anthropology at James Madison University, is coeditor of Look to the Earth: Historical Archaeology and the American Civil War. He has directed and collaborated on historical archaeology projects at the battlefields of Third Winchester, Cool Spring, and Cedar Creek and has conducted research at the site of the Sheridan Field Hospital. His most recent work has focused on the interpretation of the Confederate military complex of Fort Edward Johnson/Camp Shenandoah in Augusta County, Virginia.

Stephen R. Potter, regional archaeologist with the National Park Service for the National Capital Region, has overseen archaeological research at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, and Antietam National Battlefield. His work was featured on "Death at Antietam," a television program produced by the Learning Channel. He is the author of Commoners, Tribute, and Chiefs: The Development of Algonquian Culture in the Potomac Valley.

•Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War is must reading for professionals, collectors, and all people interested in battlefield archaeology, the material culture of the Civil War era, and the preservation of associated sites. Because of the popularity of Civil War literature and archaeology, this well-illustrated and well-written publication will appeal to the general public, as well as to the professional community.
--Edwin C. Bearss, historian emeritus, National Park Service

•Speaks to the carnage of war, figuratively and literally, as each author speaks to the physical evidence of the war and its ramifications to those living at the time and in our culture today. There is little question that the American Civil War changed the fabric of our culture in ways that are still being felt today, and this volume provides a real and tangible link, via the material culture left behind by its participants, to that time.
--Douglas D. Scott, Midwest Archaeology Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Other Information:
May. 432pp. 7 X 10.
121 b& w photos and illustrations, 29 tables, glossary, references, index.
ISBN 0-8130-1834-X

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Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877

John David Smith

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The facts of the Reconstruction period are well known, but never before have the people who lived through it told the story in their own words. John David Smith has uncovered a vast array of original documents that record the feelings, ideas, frustrations, and aspirations of the newly freed black people of the South. Smith’s narrative, and the period drawings and photographs that accompany it, bring to life the voices of the black men and women of Reconstruction--voices that resound even today.

About the Author:
John David Smith is Graduate Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He has written or edited six books and published over 50 scholarly articles on slavery, the Civil War, and race relations in the United States.

•Heartfelt testimonies. . . . The voices of the former slaves bear eloquent witness to the promise and reality of emancipation.

•A vast array of original documents that record the feelings, ideas, frustrations and aspirations of the new freedmen. . . . [C]an serve as a supplement to the usual narratives and interpretations of Reconstruction.
--Civil War Courier

•Smith has done something useful to remedy the study of 'the dark and bloody ground' at any level, collected original documents from the period and organized them under ten headings of social history. He edits without getting in the way of the voices, and uncovers the impassioned voices calling for land, for schools, for roads, for autonomous families, for the vote, for offices, for the things vouchsafed the waves of newly arriving immigrants in the same day. . . . This book should be bought and used in classes by historians, sociologists, and political scientists.
--International Social Science Review

•A valuable and compelling volume. I am impressed by the range of documents gathered by the author and his familiarity with details of the era’s history."
--Eric Foner, past president, Organization of American Historians

•A remarkable book, bringing together for the first time a sensitive, sensible, but also sometimes searing collection of first-person accounts from Reconstruction, neatly knit together by Smith's own lucid narrative and intelligent arrangement.
--Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph’s University