Thursday, March 3, 2011

Non-fiction: Curiosities of the Civil War

From the back:

You'll discover:

  • The first setting president to be exposed to enemy fire.
  • What badgers, pigeons, and bear cubs had in common during the war.
  • Which of Stonewall Jackson's limbs received its own proper burial.
  • The turtle-shaped ship designed to douse its opponents with boiling water.
  • Which Confederate general was responsible for introducing camels to the Southwest.

My review:

The first thing I must admit is the Civil War has never been one of my favorite times in history. However, this book intrigued me from the moment I read the title. From the title I imagined it would be interesting stories about the war. I was correct, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Curiosities of the Civil War. The book is full of human interest stories about the Civil War.

There were plenty of times I was laughing as I was reading the book. The chapters I enjoyed the most were “Famous – Or Soon to Be.” This chapter read like a who's who in the Civil War. It was fascinating to read the rest of the story behind these people. Another chapter, I enjoyed was “The Names were Changed,” which was people who had changed their names. Many of these were foreign born soldiers who sought to Anglicanize their names.

I would recommend Curiosities of the Civil War to anyone who enjoys history or is a Civil War buff.


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