American Civil War
April 01, 2011
150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
This month begins the official 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War with the artillery shelling of Ft. Sumpter in 1861. There are several items available in our Library system which are excellent resources in order to learn more about this crucial period in our history. I have been a long time Civil War buff and have come across several of these items that I would highly recommend. For Adult Fiction books, the book Killer Angels by Michael Shaara covering the Battle of Gettysburg is the best. The Prequel/Sequels of that book, Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, both written by his son, Jeff Shaara, brings the war as a whole into perspective and are also excellent. For Adult Non-Fiction books, I would recommend The Civil War Trilogy by Shelby Foote and the The Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson as the best comprehensive overviews of the Civil War period. There are also several good works on the Missouri/Kansas Border Wars as well, of which I would recommend any written by Thomas Goodrich, a Kansas resident. In regards to video materials, The Civil War by Ken Burns is by far the best comprehensive documentary on the period. For Drama, Gettysburg by Ronald Maxwell is my favorite It has very good acting and is historical accuracy. Take a moment to find out more about the Civil War 150th Anniversary which will be celebrated from this month through April 2015.