The 25 Best Civil War Sites
Clint Johnson
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The 25 Best Civil War Sites: The Ultimate Traveler's Guide to Battlefields, Monuments & Museums
Clint Johnson
Greenline Publications
256 pages
July 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Those Civil War enthusiasts looking for a travelerís guide to the best Civil War sites might want to consider this book. Clint Johnson, a Civil War author and travel guide, provides an excellent tool to help enthusiasts find the best sites to visit on a low budget. He provides interesting historical backgrounds for the sites that will whet your appetite, as well as an overview map of where the sites are. He also includdes a chronology of the War followed by an introduction to using the book.

The twenty-five sites Johnson chose are:

  • Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Petersburg, Virginia
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • Manassas, Virginia
  • Appomattox Court House, Virginia
  • Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Sharpsburg, Maryland
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
  • Chickamauga, Georgia
  • Fort Donelson, Tennessee
  • Shiloh, Tennessee
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Port Hudson, Louisiana
  • Perryville, Kentucky
  • Pea Ridge, Arkansas
  • Wilsonís Creek, Missouri.
For each site he provides the historical background and a map of the site relating to the points of interest he discusses. Johnson provides a short bibliography for further reading and present-day information about the site. He provides other nearby attractions, too, and gives directions on how to get to the sit, and some suggested lodgings that are not part of big name chains. There are forty color plates and several black-and-white photos. He includes re-enactment information for the sites and some bonus sites with a short description of each.

Clint Johnson is the author of In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart (2003), In the Footsteps of Stonewall Jackson (2002), Bullís-Eyes and Misfits (2002), In the Footsteps of Robert E. Lee (2001), Touring Virginiaís and West Virginiaís Civil War Sites (1999), Civil War Blunders (1997), and Touring Carolinaís Civil War Sites (1996). Johnson also provides a short bibliography of books that cover the Civil War and a short index.

This tour guide is a great book that will help Civil War enthusiasts to find the best sites for them. It can also be an introduction into the study of Civil War sites. It is recommended to those looking for an inexpensive tour guide book to Civil War sites.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., 2005

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