THE CIVIL WARS, And The Wars Of The Nineteenth Century, by Brian Holden Reid. The American Civil War. The Crimean War. The German Wars of Unification. From The Cassell History of Warfare series.
Crucial wars of the 19th Century occurred on both sides of the Atlantic and within a time span of 2 decades: The Crimean War, 1854-56; the American Civil War, 1861-65; and the German Wars of Unification, 1864-71. This books is concentrated mainly on the Civil War with a close look at the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing sides -- the North's industrial strength and the South's material shortages, plus the effect of new weapons and technology on both sides. With an astonishing 149 general engagements of importance and over 2,000 skirmishes, the Civil War was the bloodiest in American history. If the same percentage of its population were killed today, 5 million people would have died. This brief book is very well written and laid out, with many battle action maps and photos. 230 pages. Soft (card stock) cover.