Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters & Bizarre Events  -     By: Webb Garrison
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A treasure-trove of little-known facts, neglected trivia, and unconventional stories about America's most intriguing war! Covering information not found in standard Civil War references, Garrison's bite-sized nuggets on hostages, atrocities, transportation, communication, "Lincoln's appearance," appraisals by contemporaries, and more will fascinate new students of the War Between the States and lifelong enthusiasts. 544 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 1595553592
ISBN-13: 9781595553591
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Civil War buffs, be warned: Webb Garrison’s Curiosities of the Civil War may catch you off guard.

Packed with obscurities and bizarre anecdotes, it spills over with specifics you’ve likely never heard. Debated, reenacted, and analyzed, the Civil War has been the subject of countless books, films, and scholarly research—many of them quite repetitious. This nuanced perspective on the war provides a glimpse beyond the bloody battles, casualties, and political conflict. You'll discover:

  • The first sitting 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

This cache of peculiar characters and stories will deepen your understanding of the war and the people who engaged in it.

Author Bio

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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  1. John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredibly intriguing!
    April 9, 2011
    John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book on the Civil War that I have ever read, and I must say that I was quite astounded by its scope. There are facts and topics covered that I would never have even begun to think about concerning this war - things like hostages and pirates, improvements in weaponry with inventions such as land mines and grenades, how (and if) soldiers got paid, spies and deserters, US Supreme Court cases involving the conflict, and the list goes on and on.

    This is not a read-through volume. It is more of a topical reference or casual trivia book (like a bathroom reader). Each factoid is explained in a few sentences or a few short paragraphs; very few nuggets of information took up even one printed page. This is a positive aspect, in my opinion, because I was not forced to read an entire chapter about a certain time period or battle or person - just snippets grouped loosely under broad categories.

    There were a few negatives to me. For one, towards the end of the book there were a few typographical errors. In the most extreme case, "n" was all that survived of the intended preposition "in." Considering this is a reprint, a new edition, typos like these are inexcusable. Did no one proofread the reprint?

    Other than that, the biggest negative was repetition. Due to the size and scope of the work, it unfortunately delivers many re-tellings of the same battles and situations, although from different perspectives concerning different subjects. So, reading the book straight through (as I did in a few days) is not recommended. Read it in spurts, a chapter or so at a time over a long period. You will appreciate it more that way.

    In all, it is an excellent book that was very insightful for me!

    I received this book from the publisher as part of the BookSneeze bloggers' review program. I was not required to give a positive review, and the opinions stated are my own.
  2. Tony
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book for nuggets of history
    March 16, 2011
    Tony
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    History buffs, teachers, or if you are just plain curious about history and especially history of the war that impacted our nation this book is for you. Hundreds of stories and events that are not usually found in history books. This book is a great resource if you are a teacher. This book focuses on unknown aspects of the war.

    Somewhere around 623,000 soldiers died during the Civil War with over 1500 days of battle. In those days there were numerous stories and letters written, journals written and stories told that have not made their way into our lives. This book is a great window into what happened in those days of battle.

    I hope if you get the opportunity to read this it will give insight into one of the greatest times in American History.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Rambling Reader
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Treasure Trove of Civil War Facts
    February 27, 2011
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Did you know that some wives, including General Grant's wife, actually followed their husbands from one battlefield to the next during the Civil War? Even after losing a limb, did you know that some soldiers returned to battle? Have you ever thought about the thousands of horses that lost their lives during the Civil War? Reading Curiosities of the Civil War will open your eyes to numerous aspects of war that are not mentioned in traditional history books and documentaries. With this 150th anniversary edition, Thomas Nelson Publishers has re-introduced readers to the extensive research and amazing findings of Webb Garrison, the late historian and former associate dean of Emory University. The attractive cover serves as a tribute to our nation's history and the durable hardback binding will stand the test of time, like the stories within its pages.

    Curiosities of the Civil War is arranged in nine parts, beginning with "Memorable Players in the Nation's Greatest Drama" and ending with "The Money Trail." Every chapter within each part follows a general theme and is comprised of paragraph snippets of interesting findings about individuals who served in the war. Many of these findings are based on secondary resources, like diaries and newspaper articles from the time period. One of my favorite chapters is entitled "No One Called Lincoln Handsome." Newspaper columnists and acquaintances noted his unusually large hands and feet and his lanky frame, and it is now believed that he may have had Marfan Syndrome. Today, when visitors view the famous Lincoln Memorial, they will not see the hands of Lincoln, but the hands of its sculptor, Daniel Chester French, who apparently decided not to accurately depict Lincoln's over sized and bony fingers.

    As a person who enjoys learning about the past, I found Curiosities of the Civil War to be quite interesting. This is not a book that needs to be read in a few sittings. In fact, it is an excellent book for the coffee table that can be read in snippets and offer conversation starters. If you happen to teach history, it is a wonderful supplement, and a daily passage can be shared at the beginning of Civil War history lessons to capture students' interest. A question can be posed from the account to stimulate their thinking and natural curiosity. Curiosities of the Civil War offers a multitude of interesting historical details for the young and old alike.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Sneeze through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Josh Phelps
    Berea, Ky
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Cuiosities of the Civil War
    February 16, 2011
    Josh Phelps
    Berea, Ky
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are a civil war or history buff or if you just have an interest in curious things, then Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange stories, infamous characters and bizarre events by Webb Garrison is a book you will enjoy. The book is a compilation of two books written by Mr. Garrison and is a great and easy read.

    The book is broken up into parts and you can read a lot of the stories in a just a few minutes. You do not need to read the whole book to know what is being talked about from story to story. Most of the stories are short and can be read quickly. This will make a great coffee table book for people to browse through.

    There are many things that most people will not know, but there are some that are general facts that those who have looked at the Civil War in depth might know.

    Overall I think this book is really a nice read, gives you plenty of trivia questions with quirky answers that many will not know. I recommend this for anyone interested in the Civil War.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. dolodd
    Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A collection of little known Civil War facts
    February 14, 2011
    dolodd
    Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Curiosities of the Civil Way by Webb Garrison is a unique and different view of the Civil War and those who were touched by it. While today these events cause no concern and may seem to be useless information, at the time they took place they held importance and had an impact on the outcome of many of the battles.

    Name changes that some people did have lived with them through history. We don't even know their birth names now. Mr. Garrison tells us why many of these changes took place.Wives who followed their husbands into war and became nurses, spies or even soldiers are mentioned. The place of Negro soldiers in the war is also brought up - both the pros and the cons. Would you believe the most valuable item was the soldier's horse? How about newspaper men who traveled as doctors or even farmers just so they could get a story? These are just a few of the curiosities you will find in this book.
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