Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Civil War Top 20

With Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and black history month approaching I thought a look at Civil War books would be appropriate. Here are some fun facts.

  • The Wellesley Free Library has 581 books on the Civil War.
  • Last year Civil War books were checked out of the Wellesley Free Library 300 times.
  • During the Civil War, Wellesley was part of Needham often called “West Needham”.
  • Wellesley Hills was called “Grantville”, not after U.S. Grant as you might think, but instead after a “Moses Grant” who gave the Orthodox Congregational Church its bell sometime in the mid 1840s.

The Top 20 Civil War Books by Circulation since July are:

1 Team of rivals :;"the political genius of Abraham Lincoln”

2 This republic of suffering :;"death and the American Civil War"

3 Tried by war :;"Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief"

4 Vindicating Lincoln :;"defending the politics of our greatest president"

5 April 1865 :;"the month that saved America"

6 Shenandoah 1862 :;"Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign"

7 Southern storm :;"Sherman's march to the sea"

8 The great comeback :;"how Abraham Lincoln beat the odds to win the 1860 Republican nomination”

9 The slaves' war :;"the Civil War in the words of former slaves"

10 How the North won :;"a military history of the Civil War"

11 Lincoln and his admirals :;"Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War"

12 Lincoln and the decision for war:;"the northern response to secession"

13 Our Lincoln :;"new perspectives on Lincoln and his world"

14 Mothers of invention :;"women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War"

15 Throes of democracy :;"the American Civil War era, 1829-1877"

16 Abraham Lincoln :;"great American historians on our sixteenth president”

17 Bitterly divided :;"the South's inner Civil War"

18 Now the drum of war :;"Walt Whitman and his brothers in the Civil War"

19 The Civil War,;"a narrative."

20 Battle cry of freedom :;"the Civil War era"


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