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1861 C.S. NASHVILLE BIBLE

  This is one of the rarest of all "Confederate" Bibles. When the Southern states broke ranks with the north, they also fell out with the New York Bible Society who had been supplying all the inexpensive bibles. Nashville was one of if not the first to put their printing presses to work filling the demand for small pocket testaments. That may be why Nashville is the Religious printing capital of the world today. I am very happy to be able to offer you this one, made directly from an original in my collection and limited to 500 copies. I don't know how long that will last but I suspect "not very". This has been of the most need items for the hobby but to my knowledge never reproduced. They measure 3.5 X 5 inches and have the NASHVILLE Bible 1861 stamp.

Please note; these are not a modern New Testament with a different cover page, the font and type size is the same as our original. Sorry it took so long to make these available but they were worth the wait.

1861 NASHVILLE NEW TESTEMENT
#2478      $19.95
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  If you like we will include one of our Identification tags, glued to the insided cover of your bible. We copied this one from an original that was from the Bible House Baltimore, we simply changed the city and state. The original was used by a soldier from Ohio so it seems like these really got around. We can make yours to order if you like. Just let us know which city and state you would like. Use the comment section of the order form, call or email. The I.D. tag is Black printing on white paper. Remember - these are sold glued into your bible, we do not sell them seperately.

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1862 CONFEDERATE STATES BIBLE SOCIETY

  After Nashville fell in Feb. of 1862 the job went to the newly formed Confederate States Bible Society to be printed in Augusta Georgia where the presses and printers kept the soldiers in small testaments until the fall of Augusta near the end of the war. The original Augusta Bibles, if you can find one start at $300.00 Ours is a little cheaper.

1862 CONFEDERATE STATES BIBLE SOCIETY
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1861 AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY NEW TESTAMENT

  I've been promising you a correctly made bible for quite some time now. I am very happy to be able to offer you this one, made directly from an original in my collection and limited to 500 copies. I don't know how long that will last but I suspect "not very". This has been of the most need items for the hobby but to my knowledge never reproduced. They measure 3.5 X 5 inches and have the American Bible Society 1861 stamp.

Please note; these are not a modern New Testament with a different cover page, the font and type size is the same as our original. Sorry it took so long to make these available but they were worth the wait.

1861 NEW TESTEMENT
#2455      $19.95
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  If you like we will include one of our Identification tags, glued to the insided cover of your bible. We copied this one from an original that was from the Bible House Baltimore, we simply changed the city and state. The original was used by a soldier from Ohio so it seems like these really got around. We can make yours to order if you like. Just let us know which city and state you would like. Use the comment section of the order form, call or email. The I.D. tag is Black printing on white paper. Remember - these are sold glued into your bible, we do not sell them seperately.

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GHOST OF FRANKLIN TN.

  If you love ghost stories like I do you must have this book. I take the "ghost tours" in every new city I visit so I speak with some authority here. My old favorites were New Orleans and Charleston S.C. but not anymore. Since I'm a native to the area I thought I new these stories, Wrong! I only new parts of the story. Margie Thessin has really done her homework, a very enjoyable read that you will not want to put down. Civil War history and ghost, how can you go wrong. When you find yourself in our area you must take the tour as well. You won't regret it.

GHOST OF FRANKLIN TN.
# 2439 $19.95 BUY NOW!



S. ISAAC CAMBELL & CO.

THE LARGEST SUPPLIER OF MILITARY GOODS TO THE C.S.A.

  In 2002 a set of official Confederate documents were discovered in the attic of a house in Mobile, Alabama. These documents belonged to Colin McRae, Chief Financial Agent for the Confederate States of America in Europe.
  These documents were collected by McRae to investigate claims of bribery and corruption against Caleb Huse and the London firm of S. Isaac Campbell & Co.
  At the beginning of the American Civil War, the newly formed Confederate States of America was virtually devoid of any means to produce the armaments and equipment needed to wage war. After the outbreak of hostilities in April 1861, Captain Caleb Huse was selected by the newly formed Confederate Ordnance Dept. and sent to England to procure these vitally needed supplies for the Confederacy.
  He teamed up with the London commission house of S. Isaac Campbell and Co. and together they supplied vast amounts of war materials for the Southern States.
  This is the story of Caleb Huse and S. Isaac Campbell and the controversy that would engulf them. Also included are the details and photographs of some of the original equipment supplied by S. Isaac Campbell & Co. to the C.S.A from 1861-64.

S. ISAAC CAMBELL & CO. (First Edition)
# 2390 $11.95 BUY NOW!



C.S. SCOUT & SHARPSHOOTER

  Berry Benson's Civil War Book (as it is better known) is without a doubt one of my favorite books and has been for years. We refer to him as the "Sam Watkins" of the Eastern Theater. Berry wrote the book post war but used his and his brothers diary and letters to help keep the details accurate. If you have not read this one your missing out. Not only are the stories great but he gives a lot of details you will find no where else. His escape from a Yankee prison is amazing but how he made his way through the lines and back to Virginia is nothing short of a miracle! This guy had NERVE.

My favorite Whitworth rifle story of all time is in this book. You may have heard the story as it is quite famous but not known the source. Well this is the source and here is the story. While in the trenches at Petersburg Va. one CS sharpshooter who is carrying a Kerr rifle ask Berry if he can shoot the Whitworth that he was carrying. Of course he consents. After some time of watching the Union line he can find no target so in frustration the guy elevates the gun to shoot over the opposing breast works and fires. He thanks his host, picks up his Kerr and moves down the line. Two days later Berry is reading a Union paper that has been smuggled through the lines. The paper is dated the same day as the when the above incident occurred and this story catches Berry's eye. "TWO UNION PRIVATES KILLED BY THE SAME BULLET WHILE STANDING AT THE WELL, NO REPORT WAS HEARD". The well referred to in this story was exactly in line with where the sharpshooter had aimed and fired the whitworth that day. The well was 2 miles away.

C.S. SCOUT & SHARPSHOOTER, soft cover
# 2409 $19.95 BUY NOW!



WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SOUTHERN WAY?



  A Southern Boy, author Joey Nolan takes a thought provoking look at how the world around him has changed in just a few short years. How yesterday's normal is today's obscure. Life in a small southern town and the effects of globalism upon the Southern culture. A very enjoyable "one sitting" read.

  This book is a look at the hospitality and heritage of the South but regardless of where you are from it will make you wonder out loud, "Why did we change?"

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SOUTHERN WAY?

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THREE MONTHS IN THE SOUTHERN STATES

  The book, "Three Months in the Southern States", April-June 1863 as written by Lt. Col. Arthur J. L. Fremantle of the British Coldstream Guards, is a wonderful read. This is one of those must have books if you are even slightly interested in the Army of Tennessee. It is certainly among the top ten. It is often out of print and hard to find. I have no idea just how long this printing will last so if you don't have it then get it now.
  Col. Fremantle's candid descriptions of the officer's, enlisted men and general state of affairs as he travels through the southern states is a very welcome view. The Colonel has no axe to grind or hidden agenda. He records his thoughts and conversations with candor. As you might expect I find his chapter on Middle Tennessee and his stay at Wartrace the most exciting. He records in his diary my favorite quote of the entire war. While in Bell Buckle he reviews the Arkansas troops under General Cleburne's command. The Col. notices that few if any of the boys carried a bayonet and questioned one of the privates as to why? The private simply answered, "We've never found any Yankees who would wait around long enough for us to use them". The Col. goes on to describe the uniforms and general condition of the troops. A very enjoyable book.

THREE MONTHS IN THE SOUTHERN STATES
# 785 $19.95 BUY NOW!




FORTY YEARS A GAMBLER ON THE MISSISSIPPI

  The book, "Forty years a gambler on the Mississippi", by George H. Devol, is a wonderful look at the life of a river boat gambler as recalled by Mr. Devol, the self proclaimed "King of the Riverboat Gamblers". George H. Devol was the greatest riverboat gambler in the history of the Mississippi. Born in Ohio in 1829, he ran away from home and worked as a cabin boy at age ten. At fourteen he could "stack" a deck of cards. Over the years, he bilked soldiers, paymasters, thieves, cotton buyers, and businessmen alike. He fought more fights than anyone and was never beaten. This is his story. Nobody was ever bored by it.

FORTY YEARS A GAMBLER ON THE MISSISSIPPI
#2357 $19.95 BUY NOW!




300 DAYS IN A YANKEE PRISON

  The book, "300 Days in a Yankee Prison", a Confederate's reminiscences of imprisonment at Camp Chase Ohio is a eye opening sometimes chilling look at life inside of a yankee prison camp and the treatment of their prisoners. Here's a short exert from the book.

  It was in the month of April, 1864, weary with a long and uncomfortable travel, suffering from my unhealed wound, chilled by the bleak winds of a climate to which I was a stranger, that with other comrades, I reached the city of Columbus, Ohio, a prisoner of war. We had but a glimpse of this, the capital city of the great state, as we were hurried through its streets to the prison, that for months to come was to be our cheerless, inhospitable and wretched abode. Only those who have had such experience can form an idea of how expectations is excited, as from one temporary place of confinement to another the prisoner reaches the place where he is to suffer, endure or to die. We had heard of these cheerless northern prisons, of the inhuman treatment of he helpless inmates, and had tried hard to prepare our minds for the realization of a life which had speedily ended in the death of hundreds who had preceded us. I have no words at my command with which to describe the horrors of the Yankee prison at Camp Chase. One would have to follow "Dante" in his descent to Hell, and in his wandering among its inmates, to find an approach to it.

300 DAYS IN A YANKEE PRISON
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UNIFORMS OF THE CIVIL WAR

  The book, "Uniforms of the Civil War", was originally printed in 1970. Written and Compiled by Dr. Francis A. Lord. This was one of the first convenient sized reference books to be published on the subject. A real "Ground Breaker"! This book contains several the photos of Federal uniforms that you so often see used by CW magazine publishers and producers of documentaries. They were taken at the end of the war in order to document just what the uniforms and equipment looked like and how they were worn. Often the same uniform is photographed from the front, back and side. The original photographs are now housed in the Smithsonian Institute. These are not the only photographs used. Other photos showing great detail are included here as well. You will also find entire paragraphs and even pages from the US and CS regulations in regard to uniform, equipment and dress for enlisted and officer. This book is very diverse covering many areas of dress and equipment.
  This is not a book I would recommend to an "old hand" or someone with a large CW library as they may already have this information. I do think anyone with a general interest or new to the hobby of CW re-enacting will find it a wealth of information for a very small price.
  As a matter of fact I used this book just the other day to settle an argument. A friend was telling me that the Union Hospital Steward chevron should be sewn on at a steep angle and nothing I could say would convince him otherwise. So I didn't say anything. I just turned to the photo in this book showing the hospital steward uniform with the chevron sewn on a very slight angle. Then we had to find something else to argue about.

UNIFORMS OF THE CIVIL WAR
ITEM # 2342 $12.95 BUY NOW!



NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST'S
ESCORT AND STAFF

  Dr. Michael R. Bradley has done it again. Possibly his best book ever. If you're a Forrest fan you will love this book. If your not, buy it anyway. You might learn something. Without a doubt the best thing I've read in years. Forrest was never without his Escort. 100 (give or take) men of Bedford County who were in the thick of every battle the General fought.
  You will want to share this book with your friends.

  Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the greatest Civil War Strategists and one of its fiercest commanders. Although much fact and fiction have been devoted to him, little has been written about his escorts, men who were as devoted and indefatigable as he. Here, Michael R. Bradley describes these men, from their battles to their conversations, forming a fascinating portrait of the legendary force.
  As with any extraordinary group led by an extraordinary leader, who most influences whom is difficult to ascertain. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escort & Staff" reveals the symbiotic relationship between Forrest and his men and how certain key decisions were made. Their unusual abilities as fighters, thinker, and leaders made fro a team of men who formed a unique brotherhood that lasted long after the war. A testament to their loyalty is the fact that the escort is the only Confederate Unit whose numbers were greater when they surrendered than when the unit was organized.
  This book includes a full list of Forrest's men as well as the recorded minutes from the reunion meetings in and around Shelbyville Tn.

NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST'S ESCORT & STAFF

ITEM # 2267 $24.95 BUY NOW!




STATES RIGHTS GIST, A SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL OF THE CIVIL WAR

  Truly a fascinating story of one of the civil wars leading militia generals. With anecdote and colorful detail this book fills in the outline of Gist's life and recounts some amazing stories that take you from his participation in the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to his gallant death, while leading the charge at Franklin, Tennessee (the most costly day for the south of the entire war). Gist was one of 7 generals killed that day. Mary Chestnut remarks in her diary "So much more than just an odd name".

STATES RIGHTS GIST, A SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL OF THE CIVIL WAR
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MIGHTY ROUGH TIMES FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF LIFE AS A SLAVE

  First printed in 1929, the social sciences department at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, began recording the oral histories of former slaves. In this volume, thirty-six former slaves living in Tennessee recount first hand what it was like to live under the yoke. The voices in the volume thus recall the extreme condition of slavery in the border country as if grandma was telling you the stories herself. This is one aspect of the times that is seldom spoken of much less studied in any detail. Prepare yourself for a fascinating yet tragic glimpse into the life of a slave.

MIGHTY ROUGH TIMES FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF LIFE AS A SLAVE
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MY DEAR WIFE... THE CIVIL WAR LETTERS OF DAVID BRETT UNION CANNONEER

  The 9TH Massachusetts battery, army of the Potomac, departs from the traditional pattern of Civil War books. Mr. Deane, who found the letters quite by accident, had, in his editing, preserved the flavor and homespun philosophy of the originals. The spelling and grammatical construction, or lack of it, are recaptured as David Brett wrote to his family a hundred and thirty five years ago. What the common soldier thought, what his troubles and tribulations were, what he worried about, how he missed his home life, what he saw and did, how he lived in the field, his reactions to the horrors of war - all are graphically described in David Brett's letters. A real look at the life of a red leg during the war.

MY DEAR WIFE
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OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN, HISTORIC WEST POINT IN PHOTOGRAPHS

  More than 200 high quality photographs detailing the exploits of these officers and the character and methods of the institution that trained them. Selected from the archives of the United States military academy and other public and private collections, these images present a unique portrait of America's heritage. America's finest young men train for what they all hope will be a glorious military career. A dream come true for some, a tragic fate for others.

OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN
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CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS OF PHILIP DAINGERFIELD STEPHENSON, D.D.

  Phil Stephenson wrote his Civil War memoirs late in 1865, when he was twenty, full of hate and pain, and wandering the streets of St. Louis, back home but unwelcome. Thirty years later he revised and expanded these memories with the longer view of a fifty-year-old. He kept the smells of the battlefield, the cries of the wounded and dying, the agonies of the surgeon's table, yet he did his best to interpret for himself and for others these war experiences, Phil tells the story of the Army of Tennessee as known by a sixteen-year-old private who survives to become a veteran infantryman and artilleryman. Fighting with the 13th Arkansas and the 5th company Washington artillery, Phil Stephenson saw the war in the west from the Belmont to Peach Tree Creek through Spanish Fort.

CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS
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CONFEDERATE NAVY CHIEF, STEVEN R. MALLORY

  This book is the standard biography of Stephen R. Mallory, regarded by many historians as one of the ablest members of the Confederate cabinet. This is the first published biography of the Secretary of the Navy of the Confederate states of America. It is the life story of Stephen Russell Mallory, one of the leading actors in that momentous episode of American history, the Civil War.

CONFEDERATE NAVY CHIEF
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HISTORY OF THE 121 NEW YORK INFANTRY

  Originally published in 1921, the history of the 121st was among the last of the regimental histories written by the men who participated in the war. The 12th began its military career in an undistinguished manner but it quickly developed into one of the best disciplined and most battle tested regiments in the volunteer service.

HISTORY OF THE 121 NEW YORK INFANTRY
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