Holiday Gift suggestions for Civil War aficionados:

Gift suggestions for those interested in the Civil War in Missouri: Gift suggestions for those interested in the James-Younger gang:

 

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

Confederate Women of Missouri

on CD-ROM

“Reminiscences of the Women of Missouri During the Sixties”,Various authors, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Missouri Division, 1913. Two Photos (Mary J. Louden & Margaret McLure) not in original publication that are new for this edition.
and
"Order No. 11", Caroline Abbot Stanley, 1904, fictional novel, 420 Original Pages, 4 illustrations by Harry C. Edwards.

Only $9.95 +$2 shipping

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Noted Guerrillas CD-ROMNoted Guerrillas and A Terrible Quintette by John Newman Edwards

on CD-ROM

Jesse James, Frank James, Quantrill, Cole Younger, Arthur McCoy, Bloody Bill Anderson and more, by a man who knew them... Noted Guerrillas, the book that secured their legend and, the extremely rare, A Terrible Quintette, the newspaper article that includes the only known first-person interview with Jesse James

both available on a searchable CD-ROM

Only $9.95 +$2 shipping

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Missouri Civil War Reader, Volume I  

 

Five important books on the Civil War in Missouri:

Fight for Missouri Struggle for Missouri Story of a Border City During the Civil War The Crisis Basil Duke in Missouri Brown-Reynolds Duel

 

Cost for five full-length works is $17.95

+$2.00 first class shipping

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Recommended online gift subscription:

Ancestry.com--give a gift subscription to Ancestry.com's extensive collection of genealogy and history databases, the entire US census online, and an amazing and fascinating historical newspaper collection. I subscribe to Ancestry.com and love it.

You can read through the stories of the James-Younger gang as they happened by reading through the historical newspapers collections. Follow the lives and stories of ancestors and historical figures in original records and accounts--real history as it really happened.

Ancestry.com is a source no historian or genealogist--amateur or professional--should be without.

Who are your ancestors?  

Recommended Civil War Missouri Books:

I Acted From Principle: The Civil War Diary of William McPheeters. William McPheeters, edited by Cynthia Dehaven Pitcock and Bill J. Gurley. University of Arkansas Press, 2002.

McPheeters, a St. Louis doctor, was General Price’s surgeon during the last half of the war, and was along for his campaigns in Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Great Raid into Missouri in 1864. An educated and moderate man, McPheeters’ diary provides an educational glimpse into the mind of a Southern man who did not choose sides because of the slavery issue. As Confederate secret service experts, we also cannot help noticing the great regularity with which McPheeters reports mail, newspapers, and persons being exchanged between General Price’s headquarters and St. Louis. It seems hardly a day goes by without letters leaving for or arriving from there. Persons, usually in the form of wives of Confederate officers, also arrive and return with regularity —almost always loaded down with illicit mail, and often supplies as well.

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

Guerrilla Season

Guerrilla Season

by Pat Hughes

released August 2003

available from Amazon.com 30% off cover price

This historical fiction novel features young Jesse James in the time before he joins the Confederate Guerrillas. It's a young adult novel but a fine reading experience for adult readers. Sound research backs up excellent, engrossing writing. Highly recommended.

see REVIEW of "Guerrilla Season"

Recommended Source for Rare & Out-of-Print Books:

 The perfect gift for your husband. Abebooks has it

Find the book they've been searching for from the independent booksellers listed at ABEBOOKs

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Confederate Mail Runner. Absalom Grimes,edited by M. M. Quaife. Yale University Press, 1926 (There are also reprints available from Two Trails Publishing).During 1862 and 1863, General Price’s main pipeline into and out of Missouri was Ab Grimes and his partner Bob Louden. Grimes comes across as a gentleman adventurer—the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Mississippi River valley—and the casual reader might be fooled into thinking that there is a lot of “old soldiering” going on in his account of his war experiences. However, if one takes the time to check, and takes the trouble to collate Grimes accounts with other sources, you will be rewarded with the Rosetta Stone allowing you to untangle the Confederate secret service in the Mississippi River valley. A great source for getting a sense that even in “Unionist St. Louis” there was an effective Confederate underground throughout the war. The story is a lively adventure tale and an enjoyable read. It includes the very amusing tale of Mark Twain's time in Confederate service.

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The Trial of Frank James for Murder, July 21, 1883, by George Miller, Jr.

originally published 1898 - includes the testimony and confession of Dick Liddil, which is a primary source if it's given accurately here, and if Liddil was telling the truth, and of Clarence Hite, amongst other trial material. The author gives an historical summary at the end with participants in some of the robberies given as based on Dick Liddil's statements.

Copies available at ABEBOOKS.

 

Recommended Civil War Movies:

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

From Amazon.com:

Gods and Generals--DVD

This is the Civil War movie of the year covering many of the great Civil War battles in the early part of the war. Unfortunately, you'd never know from it that there were any battles in the west--this movie is strictly about the Civil War in the east. It's really, really long, at least it seemed so in the theatre, but certainly well done and is probably destined to be considered a basic essential to any complete Civil War video library, much as is Ken Burn's now-classic PBS documentary.

The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns  

also available discount priced on DVD from Amazon.com

From Amazon.com:

Ride With the Devil - DVDRide With the Devil-VHS

and

Ride With the Devil-DVD.

This isn't a new movie, but it is still somewhat unknown owing to a scanty theatre release. "Ride With the Devil" is one of those rare cases where the book and the movie are both equally good. "Ride With the Devil" is about the guerrillas of western Missouri whose ranks included the James & Younger brothers. It does so many things right it's impossible to name them all. The story centers around Jake Roedel, German-born but raised amidst Missouri Southerners. He and a freed slave, Holt, fight together as bushwhackers in western Missouri and in the Lawrence, Kansas raid with Quantrill. The scenery and settings are vivid and authentic. Terrific action and battle scenes. Singer Jewel does a fine job as the young, tempting widow. There's very good character development between the Confederate bushwhacker and the freed slave without it ever being maudlin. Audio on the DVD is excellent, especially with 5.1 surround, and there are a number of extra features.

more Civil War Missouri movies

When you're shopping for videos and DVDs at Amazon check out the DVD players available--there are usually several available for under $50.

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Recommended Civil War Artwork:

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

Missouri from Space  - ©Spaceshots

Missouri from Space - ©Spaceshots

A view never seen by the Civil War participants, but a wonderful way to examine the terrain through which they moved.
20 in. x 28 in.
Buy this Poster at AllPosters.com
Framed   Mounted

St.Louis-View at the Levee

St. Louis-View at the Levee

A pricey, but attractive, art print of the St. Louis levee at the time of the Civil War
City Views
28 in. x 22 in.
Buy this Art Print at AllPosters.com
Framed   Mounted

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

The Civil War

The Civil War

The Civil War 2004 Calendar
12 in. x 13 in.


Buy this 2004 Calendar at AllPosters.com

Battle of Wilson's Creek
Battle of Wilson's Creek
Kurz & Allison
20 in. x 14 in.
Buy this Art Print at AllPosters.com
Framed   Mounted

Recommended Civil War Missouri Music:
Recommended Miscellaneous Items:

Okay... this one has nothing to do with the Civil War, but it was a television program produced for a PBS station by the webmaster (me) of this Civil War St. Louis website. If you love space travel, and the beauty of our home planet as seen from space, take a look at "Earthscape".

NEW ITEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

Newly discovered first novel by renowned Missouri-born science fiction author

Robert A. Heinlein

For Us, the Living

 

For Us, the Living

now being published for the first time

 

Read the story of the finding of this lost manuscript,

and

reserve your copy from Amazon.com

Out of Print Civil War Missouri Fiction Recommendations:

Loula Grace Erdman - pioneer west & historical fiction author

Loula Grace Erdman was born in Lafayette County, Missouri around the turn of the century. Her mother's maiden name was "Maddox," a familiar name to those acquainted with western Missouri Civil War history. Many of her books are set in Missouri. Loula Grace Erdman writes beautiful stories in a clear, simple style.

Among her books that touch on the Civil War is "Many a Voyage" which tells the story of the wife of Edmund Ross. Ross was the Republican abolitionist who, after the war, cast the deciding vote in President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial. Ross's wife and children were in Lawrence, Kansas during Quantrill's raid.

"Save Weeping for the Night"is the story of Bettie Shelby, the wife of Confederate General Jo Shelby.

"Another Spring"is about Order 11 and the forced expulsions of families from western Missouri counties.

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