Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events by Webb Garrison is a great book for any history or Civil War buff interested in some of the little known facts about the Civil War. Garrison focuses on the relative unknown and obscure events or information that you may not find in any encyclopedia or other historical books. It could easily be called the trivia book of the unknown aspects of the Civil War and most definitely used as a reference book.
All of the accounts and facts are extremely interesting whether you are a Civil War buff or not. Garrison writes about many different aspects of the war, including the wives that followed the husbands into battle and became nurses; the 623,000 Americans that died, although only about one-third was combat casualties; the dog trained to perform military salutes; and the soldiers who disguised themselves as women, slaves, or farmers.
Curiosities of the Civil is a long book, 528 plus pages that are broken into small segments. There are hundreds of short, unrelated stories that can make it a difficult read if you are trying to read it from cover to cover. You can easily read a few chapters and stop without missing the point of the book. As a matter of fact, it is much easier to read if you take it one short section at a time.
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