If your Civil War summer reading’s getting a little stale or pricey, check out the informative and affordable Emerging Civil War Series.
An online blog publishing multiple posts each week, Emerging Civil War “serves as a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship related to the Civil War,” the non-profit organization indicates at https://emergingcivilwar.com,
Under editor-in-chief Chris Mackowski, who has Maine connections, the editors and authors focus on non-fiction scholarship: “historical research, memory studies, travelogues, personal narratives, essays, book reviews, and photography.”
Coverage also entails “current Civil War-related events and the Civil War in pop culture.”
“The Civil War is America’s great story,” ECW states. “We want to introduce as many people as possible to that history by telling the war’s many great stories in fresh new ways,” especially through the Emerging Civil War Series.
Filled with detailed maps, more than 150 photographs and images, and well-written narratives, each ECWS title focuses on a battle, campaign, personage, or other war-related topic, such as the Union prisoner-of-war camp at Elmira, N.Y. or how Ulysses S. Grant came to write his memoirs.
Both the Eastern and Western theaters are well represented, and the battle-and-campaign books include tour routes and descriptions.
All ECWS books are priced at $14.95 (plus shipping), an affordable price for Civil War buffs carefully managing their book-purchasing funds.
Savas Beatie, a California-based independent publisher, prints the Emerging Civil War Series and other military books. Disclaimer: Emerging Civil War and Savas Beatie are publishing my upcoming Joshua L. Chamberlain wartime biography, Passing Through the Fire, but I bought and read ECWS books long before the JLC bio took shape.
For Civil War readers also interested in the American Revolution, ECW recently introduced the Emerging Revolutionary War Series, with the books styled similarly to the ECWS books. The Revolutionary War Series is also available through Savas Beatie.
Check out the publisher’s website at https://savasbeatie.com/. Click on “Books” to discover the many available titles. Book ordering is easy, and Savas Beatie ships quickly.
If you enjoy reading the adventures of Mainers caught up in the Civil War, be sure to like Maine at War on Facebook and get a copy of the new Maine at War Volume 1: Bladensburg to Sharpsburg, available online at Amazon and all major book retailers, including Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble. —————————————————————————————————————–
Brian Swartz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He enjoys hearing from Civil War buffs interested in Maine’s involvement in the war.