Stories from the American Civil War that will touch your heart.
Below are a few of our publications from author William B. Styple, who has collected the hidden treasures of our nation and set them into a reading format that generations to come can visit time and time again.
These books depict true Civil War stories and are priceless items that everyone can appreciate, whether they’re a Civil War enthusiast or avid reader. You will find stories of heartbreak, heroism, and gallantry in the books listed below. Follow along on their journey as they tell their story of the time when our nation nearly tore itself apart.
The Life & Letters of Major General Philip Kearny (1815-1862)
About the Book
The culmination of fifty years of research by Award-winning author and historian William B. Styple, presenting the definitive life story of Major General Philip Kearny—a Battle Soldier of Five Wars.
Phil Kearny was an ideal soldier. The military spirit was born in him, and it was cultivated. He was a man of the dash and of daring, a leader whose presence inspired courage. Trained to the law, and equipped with a large share of worldly goods, he preferred a fighting career to one of the peaceful pursuits. Upon inheriting a fortune at age 21, Kearny forgoes a life of ease to enlist in the 1st U. S. Dragoons serving in the American West.
Sent to France to study the art of war in 1839, Kearny served with the famed Chasseurs d’Afrique in Algeria and later campaigned with the French in Italy in 1859. Despite the loss of an arm in the War with Mexico, Phil Kearny was one of the first to offer his services when the Civil War broke out; he went to the front as commander of the First New Jersey Brigade. His record in that conflict to the day of his tragic death was one of brilliance and honor.
He won distinction despite the fact that he was assailed by jealous superior officers (West Point Engineers) as a mere “soldier of fortune,” a reckless and unsafe leader. Kearny was never a soldier of fortune. He was a soldier with a fortune. His men swore by him. They followed him with cheers when he led them into the thick of the fight. He saved the day on more than one battlefield where the fate of the nation seemed to be at stake.
The Little Bugler: The True Story of a Twelve-Year-Old Boy in the Civil
This is the true story of twelve-year-old Gustav A. Schurmann, who served as a musician in Company I, 40th New York Infantry, from 1861 to 1864.
This book vividly depicts all of his remarkable wartime experiences, including his stay at the White House as the boyhood companion of Tad Lincoln.
At the end of Schurmann’s distinguished military career at age fifteen, he was a decorated veteran of ten battles—from Bull Run to Gettysburg.
$17.95 (Soft Cover)
Writing & Fighting the Confederate War: The Collected Works of Peter Wellington Alexander, Confederate War Correspondent
Eyewitness to War 1861-1865
“We all felt that the decisive hour had arrived. We knew, too, that an empire trembled in the balances, and that the lives, the fortunes and the liberties of ourselves and of generation yet unborn, were the mighty stake for which the bloody-handed combatants were playing.”- Alexander at First Manassas, July 21, 1861
“I write at a hospital, in the midst of the wounded and dying. There is a smell of death in the air, and the laboring surgeons are literally covered from head to foot with the blood of the sufferers.”- Alexander at Antietam, September 17, 1862
“The bloodiest and most desperate battle of this bloody and desperate war has just been fought here, on the soil of Pennsylvania.”- Alexander at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
$27.00 (Hard Cover)
Writing & Fighting from the Army of Northern Virginia: A Collection of Confederate Soldier Correspondence
“A man who has never witnessed the carnage of a battlefield can form no idea of its terror and grandeur; it is too horrid to contemplate, especially when you remember that, amid all this carnage, you were one of the actors.”- A Confederate Soldier at First Manassas, July 21, 1861
“The enemy swarmed around them and the order was given to fall back. Sullenly and disappointed they fought their way, and back down the hill through the same awful fire in which they advanced. Many shouldered their wounded friends and brought them off the field.”- A Confederate Soldier at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
$27.00 (Hard Cover)
Writing & Fighting the Civil War
500 Union Soldier Letters from the Battlefront
“WAR! WAR! WAR!” thundered the April 21, 1861 headline of the New York Sunday Mercury. Eager for first-hand news from the battlefront, the editors asked the departing volunteers to write and “inform us of any events of interest.”
This simple request for news generated the largest and most impressively detailed collection of journalistic correspondence ever written during the Civil War. For four long and bloody years, hundreds of soldiers wrote thousands of letters to the Sunday Mercury, creating a unique history of the great American conflict.
Recently discovered by historian William B. Styple, and now published for the first time, these letters are the authentic voices of the American Civil War. The heroic Sunday Mercury soldier-correspondents were truly writing and fighting the Civil War.
$27.00 (Hard Cover)