MHS Bookshelf of Selected Reprints: Civil War Series

In the early decades of the 20th century, as the nation began to lose the generation that had lived through the Civil War, the Massachusetts Historical Society published some half a dozen books that made available the experiences of certain Massachusetts veterans.  Comprised primarily of first-hand accounts drawn from letters and diaries, and sometimes selected and edited by the veteran himself, these memoirs became landmark texts in the early history of the war.  Beginning in the spring of 2011, as part of the Society’s activities commemorating the war, the MHS is re-releasing in affordable paperback editions four of these classic titles:

  • Adams letters Reprint Vol 1  A Cycle of Adams Letters, 1861-1865, volumes 1 and 2, edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford (1920): forthcoming spring 2011

  • Meade’s Headquarters, 1863-1865: Letters of Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattax, edited by George
    R. Agassiz (1922): release date to be announced
  • War Diary and Letters of Stephen Minot Weld, 1861-1865, by Stephen Minot Weld (1912; 2d ed., 1979): release date to be announced
  • War Letters, 1862-1865, of John Chipman Gray and John Codman Ropes, originally selected by John Chipman Gray and edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford (1927): forthcoming spring 2011

All titles will be available at your favorite online bookseller.

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