The most praised documentary on the era, Ken Burns's The Civil War continues to thrill and educate viewers. The videos would be a prized part of any Civil War buff's collection.
The original Emmy® Award-winning nine-part series is now digitally restored to archive the highest definition for optimal picture quality. This six-disc set includes over two hours of new bonus materials including Making the Civil War: 25 Years Later, Complete High Definition Shelby Foote Interviews, Restoring The Civil War, Additional Interviews, and more! Updated version shipping on December 8. (See more for details)
What Civil War fan would not like to have this on their desk to open letters and, perhaps, pretend they were urging their troops on at the Battle of Gettysburg?
This is a finely crafted miniature of the original with scabbard. Features: Length: 11". Detailed Reproduction of the Historic Original. Includes Scabbard. Blade Cannot be Sharpened.
Thomas Stonewall Jackson was beloved by his troops and still is by Civil War buffs.
Thomas Stonewall Jackson Bust
Label on bottom of bust:
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) Thomas Johnathan Jackson, born in Clarksburg, Virginia, was one of the most revered of all Confederate commanders and Robert E. Lee's most trusted lieutenant. A graduate of West Point (1846), he had served in the Mexican War, earning two brevets, before resigning to accept a professorship at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Famed for his suberp leadership of Confederate Forces, especially during the valley campaign of 1862, Jackson was a Southern hero, During First Manassas, he earned his nickname when in the tumult of battle Brigadier General Barnard E. Bee claimed, " Their is Jackson standing like a stone wall." In May 1863, Stonewall Jackson was wounded by friendly fire at Chancerville, Virginia.. Following the amputation of his arm, he died eight days later. Lee deeply felt the loss. "He has lost his left arm, but i have lost my right arm".
Whether young or old, your Civil War buff will love to parade around in this replica Union cap.
The kepi cap, of the union army is a great alternative to a cowboy hat. This style civil war hat is the most commonly seen and was wore by soliders and cowboys for a long time even after the civil war was over. This replica civil war cap is made of wool and has a very authentic look.
It has been said that Civil War buffs are really just beard fanciers in disguise, making this t-shirt (available in three different colors) a sure hit.
By their beards you will know them. Many generals from the U.S. Civil War are as recognizable by their distinctive facial hair as they are remembered for their military achievements. Show your knowledge of our nation's history and the famously bearded men who shaped one of its most epic chapters with these t-shirts. This design features silhouettes of six Union generals: Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Winfield Scott Hancock, George Meade, Ambrose Burnside and George Thomas.
David Blight does not look at the war itself, but instead at its aftermath in both American society and culture. This is one of the great Civil War books of the last thirty years, right up there with James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, but much newer and less likely to already grace the shelf of your favorite Civil War buff.
Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
Winner of the Merle Curti award
Winner of the Frederick Douglass Prize
No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion.In 1865, confronted with a ravaged landscape and a torn America, the North and South began a slow and painful process of reconciliation. The ensuing decades witnessed the triumph of a culture of reunion, which downplayed sectional division and emphasized the heroics of a battle between noble men of the Blue and the Gray. Nearly lost in national culture were the moral crusades over slavery that ignited the war, the presence and participation of African Americans throughout the war, and the promise of emancipation that emerged from the war. Race and Reunion is a history of how the unity of white America was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the Civil War. Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, the romanticized South of literature, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, the idea of the Lost Cause, and the ritual of Memorial Day. He resurrects the variety of African-American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial.
Blight's sweeping narrative of triumph and tragedy, romance and realism, is a compelling tale of the politics of memory, of how a nation healed from civil war without justice. By the early twentieth century, the problems of race and reunion were locked in mutual dependence, a painful legacy that continues to haunt us today.
Give this to a parent who enjoys the Civil War, and you can be sure that he or she will keep the kids occupied for hours refighting all the major battles...that is, if they are willing to share.
Civil War Army Men Toy Soldier Action Figures - 100+ Pieces, 24 Unique Sculpts - Includes Soldiers, Horses, Cannons, Terrain and More: Bring home this incredible assortment of toy action figures from the Civil War. With over 100 pieces in all, and 24 unique sculpts, this set is perfect for class projects, dioramas, history lessons, or other educational activities! Includes a convenient carrying case to make sure all your toy soldiers stay in one place! Recreate history with this fantastic set
While one cannot be in the smoke at Vicksburg or Antietam, any Civil War buff can challenge their buddies to a game of chess, directing Davis and Lee against Lincoln and Grant.
This listing is for a brand new hand painted 32 piece set of chess men with board. Men are solid resin, hand painted and have felt bottoms. Board construction is a combination of mdf, solids and genuine wood veneer top. King: 3 1/4" - Queen: 3 1/8" - Bishop: 2 3/4" - Knight: 2 3/4" - Rook: 2 5/8" - Pawn: 2 5/8" - Base Diameter - 1" - Board Size: 17 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 3 1/2" - Playing surface: 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" W/ 1 9/16" Squares
This collection includes 33 of the most well-known songs from the Civil War, sung by the likes of Pete Seeger, the New Lost City Ramblers, and other greats.
The Civil War played an instrumental role in the development of an American national identity. Specifically for American folk music, the war inspired songwriting on both sides of the conflict, as amateurs and professionals wrote new, timely lyrics to old English, Scottish, and Irish ballads as well as original compositions. Some of the popular songs are still well known today, such as the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." This 33-song collection, featuring Pete Seeger, the New Lost City Ramblers, Hermes Nye, Cisco Houston, Sandy Ives, and others, was released on the centennial of the Civil War in 1960. It contains patriotic songs of the Union, songs about Southern rights, sentimental ballads, parodies, and marching songs.
Mark Schantz's deeply moving and thought-provoking study examines the cultural aspects of death during the war. It is a great gift either alone or alongside Drew Gilpin Faust's This Republic of Suffering.
"Americans came to fight the Civil War in the midst of a wider cultural world that sent them messages about death that made it easier to kill and to be killed. They understood that death awaited all who were born and prized the ability to face death with a spirit of calm resignation. They believed that a heavenly eternity of transcendent beauty awaited them beyond the grave. They knew that their heroic achievements would be cherished forever by posterity. They grasped that death itself might be seen as artistically fascinating and even beautiful."―from Awaiting the Heavenly Country
How much loss can a nation bear? An America in which 620,000 men die at each other's hands in a war at home is almost inconceivable to us now, yet in 1861 American mothers proudly watched their sons, husbands, and fathers go off to war, knowing they would likely be killed. Today, the death of a soldier in Iraq can become headline news; during the Civil War, sometimes families did not learn of their loved ones' deaths until long after the fact.
Did antebellum Americans hold their lives so lightly, or was death so familiar to them that it did not bear avoiding? In Awaiting the Heavenly Country, Mark S. Schantz argues that American attitudes and ideas about death helped facilitate the war's tremendous carnage. Asserting that nineteenth-century attitudes toward death were firmly in place before the war began rather than arising from a sense of resignation after the losses became apparent, Schantz has written a fascinating and chilling narrative of how a society understood death and reckoned the magnitude of destruction it was willing to tolerate.
Schantz addresses topics such as the pervasiveness of death in the culture of antebellum America; theological discourse and debate on the nature of heaven and the afterlife; the rural cemetery movement and the inheritance of the Greek revival; death as a major topic in American poetry; African American notions of death, slavery, and citizenship; and a treatment of the art of death―including memorial lithographs, postmortem photography and Rembrandt Peale's major exhibition painting The Court of Death.
Awaiting the Heavenly Country is essential reading for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the Civil War and the ways in which antebellum Americans comprehended death and the unimaginable bloodshed on the horizon.