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Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Tide Shifts

Posted By on May 24, 2011

(Part 3 of 4).  In 1883,Clarence Clough Buel, the Assistant Editor of The Century Magazine, proposed a series of articles which would present differing points of view on the Civil War.  Buel’s plan included the eventual publication of the articles in book form.  In 1887 and 1888, the four volume work was first published.

A re-publication of the four volume work was completed in by Castle Books of Secaucus, New Jersey.  There is no re-publication date on the Castle Books edition.  This re-publication is relatively inexpensive and generally available through book sellers on the web.  Some of the volumes are also available in various digital formats, including “pdf” and formats designed for digital book readers.

Today’s post focuses on Battles and Leaders of the Civil War:  The Tide Shifts, Volume III, of “The Century War Series” – being for the most part contributions by Union and Confederate officers based upon “The Century War Series,” edited by Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel, of the editorial staff of The Century Magazine.



THE PERRYVILLE CAMPAIGN:  Opposing Forces at Perryville, Ky, p. 29; Opposing Forces at Cumberland Gap, p. 69.

BURNSIDE AT FREDERICKSBURG:  Opposing Forces at Fredericksburg, p., 143.

CHANCELLORSVILLE:  Opposing Forces in the Chancellorsville Campaign,  p. 233.

GETTYSBURG:  Opposing Forces at Gettysburg, Pa, p. 434.

THE VICKSBURG YEAR:  Opposing Forces in Arkansas, p. 459; Opposing Forces at Chickasaw Bluffs (or First Vicksburg), Miss., p. 471; Opposing Forces in the Vicksburg Campaign, p. 546.

PORT HUDSON:  Opposing Forces at Port Hudson, La., p. 598.

MURFREESBORO:  Opposing Forces at Stone’s River, Tenn., 610.

CHICKAMAUGA:  Opposing Forces at Chickamauga, Ga., p. 672.

CHATTANOOGA:  Opposing Forces in the Chattanooga Campaign, p. 727;  Opposing Forces at Knoxville, p. 751.



1st Pennsylvania Artillery: Battery A: Simpson, p. 141.  Battery B:  Cooper, p. 141, p. 278.  Batteries F & G:  Rickets, p. 312.  Battery G:  Amsden, p. 141.

3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery:  Battery H:  Rank, p. 400.  Light Batteries C & F:  Thompson, p. 304.  26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Battery):  Stevens, p. 630.

1st Pennsylvania Cavalry:  p. 397.

3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry:  p. 397, p. 398.

7th Pennsylvania Cavalry:  p. 37 note.

8th Pennsylvania Cavalry:  p. 177, p. 183, p. 185.  Gettysburg Campaign, p. 397, p. 429.

17th Pennsylvania Cavalry:  Chancellorsville, p. 177, p. 179, p. 180 note.  Gettysburg: p. 274 note.

18th Pennsylvania Cavalry:  Gettysburg, p. 393.

23rd Pennsylvania Infantry:  Chancellorsville Campaign, p. 228.

29th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Chancellorsville, p. 168 cut.  Gettysburg, p. 371 cut.

61st Pennsylvania Infantry:  Chancellorsville, p. 227.

69th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 391.

71st Pennsylvania Infantry (called 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry):  Gettysburg, p. 391.

72nd Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 387, p. 390, p. 391.

79th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Perryville, p. 58 note.

82nd Pennsylvania Infantry:  Chancellorsville Campaign, p. 227.

88th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 391.

91st Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 315.

106th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 391.

153rd Pennsylvania Infantry:  Chancellorsville, p. 198.

155th Pennsylvania Infantry:  Gettysburg, p. 315.


Two examples of pictures from Volume III follow:

Click on picture to enlarge.

The first example is of the cavalry charge of Col. Elon Farnsworth, previously reported in the post on Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick.  The 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry took part in the charge.

The second example is of a portrait of Brig. Gen. Elon Farnsworth who led the charge.  Both Farnsworth and his horse were killed.

Attempts to locate the original photograph from which the engraving was made have not been successful to date.  The only on-line portaits of Farnsworth are of him in his military uniform as shown below:


This volume is the most difficult to locate in digital format, probably because of the popularity of the study of the Battle of Gettysburg which consumes a great part of the book.  It was also the most difficult to locate in hardcover-print format.  Persistence in searching should result in finding a copy.

Tomorrow, the final part of this series will be reviewed:  Battles and Leaders of the Civil War:  Retreat with Honor, Volume IV.



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