Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Curiosities of the Civil War

My most recent Booksneeze review is of Curiosities of the Civil War by Webb Garrison.

Growing up in the Heart of Dixie (and in a city that was, for a brief time, the capital of the Confederacy), I was naturally exposed to much Civil War history. Webb Garrison's book uncovers some hidden stories that aren't mentioned in high school history books. Many of his stories involve the ordinary citizens who were pressed into action, men (and some women) whose names are not familiar to most of us.

The book spans more than 500 pages, and most stories are only a couple of paragraphs in length. Although I do enjoy history, I would prefer for there to be fewer stories but stories that are longer and more detailed. Many of Garrison's stories were just tidbits of incidents that occurred throughout the war; perhaps being a details-oriented person makes me long for more information in these stories.

Subtitled "Strange Stories, Infamous Characters, & Bizarre Events", Curiosities of the Civil War provides just that. If you're a big history buff (and especially a Civil War buff), you'll probably find this book quite interesting and will likely learn some new facts.

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