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Bibles-New Testament
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Hardee Infantry Tactics, Volume 1,
This is not music, but it is cool and it comes in CD form.
Interactive CD outlines the complete volume one of Hardees Tactics with School of the Soldier (including the manual of arms for the musket, as opposed to the rifle), and School of the Company.
This version is fully animated, making clear and easy to understand all of the complex actions described by Hardee. For each lesson, you can read on screen the complete text as Hardee wrote it, then click a button and watch the men perform the maneuver described. There is no easier way for Reenactors, historians, and students of military tactics to learn exactly what the Civil War soldier was trained to do on the battlefield.
Will work on either Macintosh or Windows platforms (Windows 95 and up).
This is taking Civil War drill to the next level!...................................................................$25.00

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U.S. Army Headgear 1812-1872. 167pgs Hardbound. By John P Lanellier & C. Paul Loane.
This profusely illustrated volume represents more than three decades of research in public and private collections by military historian John P. Langallier and Civil War authority C. Paul Loane, whose own examples of Union headgear constitute one of the finest individually owned collections in the country. Combining an authoritative text with more than 350 photographs of specimens and period images, this volume is an indispensable research tool for collectors, curators, and Reenactors, particularly those who are seeking an overview of the many types of headwear donned by the Union soldier between 1861-1865....$69.95


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For Fatigue Purposes...... The Army Sack Coat of 1857-1872
, Patrick Brown. Complete new resource book. Patrick Brown spent five years compiling information about the US Army fatigue coat for this monograph and many more years researching the subject of US military uniforms. He examined numerous original garments and countless period photographs. Some of these photographs (many not published before) are included in an appendix.
There is also a photographic appendix describing eight original fatigue coats.
Published by "The Watchdog"...........................................................................$Out of stock- Please check back


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Shelter Tent Book


The Federal Civil War Shelter Tent, by Frederick C. Gaede, 134 pgs., Soft bound, and illustrated. This is a great monograph for all Civil War collectors. The text covers everything from government patents, records, and contract data to colorful soldier’s descriptions. In addition, it is extensively illustrated with drawings and photos of over 30 known examples with close-ups of stitching, fastening buttons, and some that were decorated with soldier’s art. This book is a well-presented study by a leading researcher, collector, and historian...$19.95

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American Miltary Buckles and Plates, Odonnell and Campbell.

This buckle “Bible” is guaranteed to please the buff as well as the serious collector. More than 2,000 crisp B & W photos show front and back of 1026 military plates with full descriptions. This book has no peers! Hardbound, glossy cover, 8 1/2 x 11”, 620 pages.......$49.95

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Gutta Percha Book

 

 

India Rubber and Gutta Percha in the Civil War Era, Woshner. EXCELLENT reference, fully illustrated. The only complete study of the development and role of rubber during the mid 19th century. Hard bound, 320 glossy pages, listing of manufacturers and patents..........................................................$39.95

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Confederate Saddles and Horse Equipment. This is a pioneer work on the subject. After ten years of research Ken Keno has compiled a thorough and fascinating study of the little-known field of Confederate saddlery and equipment. His analysis of ordnance operations coupled with his visual presentation of surviving examples offers an indispensable source for collectors and historians. 194 pas., Hard bound, dust jacket, illus................................$39.95

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Army Blue, the Uniform of Uncle Sam's Regulars 1848-1873, Langellier. Fantastic hardbound book with lots of photos. 352 pages, Hardbound. Large size - 9" X 12" and 1 1/2" thick. Loaded with pictures and diagrams of uniforms, insignia, headwear, etc detailing US Government regulations from the time period specified. Packed with period photos of military personnel from the beginning of photography and on. Great coverage of complete uniforms from just after the Mexican War through the Civil War, and ending with Indian Wars. This is a great reference for detail work on uniforms etc, and worth the price...........$79.95

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More Army Blue, the Uniform of Uncle Sam's Regulars 1874-1887
In this new book, the development of an altogether new uniform for troops of the United States Army, a few years after the Civil War, has never been told so well or so comprehensively. In this volume, the sequel to the author's highly praised "Army Blue: The Uniform of Uncle Sam's Regulars, 1848-1873", John Langellier continues the story of the evolution of American army uniforms during a critical period that saw experimentation and innovation finally surmount conservatism to produce some of the more practically functional and aesthetically appealing martial clothing in American history. The breadth of Langellier's research, coupled with his years of accumulated expertise in the study of historical army uniforms, is evident throughout, and together make this book the most thorough and precise accounting the topic has ever received..........................$69.95

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Civil War History Book

An Illustrated History of the Civil War, Images of an American Tragedy,
Time Life books. 453 pgs, Hardbound. By William Miller and Brian Pohanka. This book is Big. Great details with over 700 of the period's most compelling images and 23 insightful essays. Included are hundreds of rare and moving photographs, war-correspondent sketches, and original maps showing battles, key figures, unknown soldiers, and more.
There are tons of photos here that I have never seen before, and I thought that I had seen them all. Time Life and the two noted writers have "done it again". If you do not have this book for research and your bookshelf, you need it.... $39.95

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Brady's Civil War: A Collection of Memorable Civil War Images Photographed by Mathew Brady and His Assistants , by Webb Garrison,
256 pgs, hardbound
Brady’s Civil War presents a select collection of several hundred images, highlighting their immense creativity and informative value for military enthusiasts as well as readers interested in the art of photography. The text, by Webb Garrison, is in the form of incisive and explanatory captions, describing how the camera was taken to the battlefield to create the world’s first comprehensive photodocumentation of war. This edition has been re-edited and has a new introduction by historian Alan Axelrod......$24.95

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Bibles
Nothern Bible



Northern Version.
Exact reprint of The New Testament dated 1862. "Translated out of The Original Greek". Pocket Sized with title page by the American Bible Society. Hard Covers. 316 pgs.................................$Temporarily out of Stock

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Confederate Bible

Southern Version. New Testament similar to above, but with a printing by the Confederate States Bible Society, Augusta 1862. The complete New Testament, Hard Covers, Pocket Size.............$Temporarily out of Stock


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General Manual Reprints



Hardees Hardbound Book Set Hardees Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, Hardbound., 2 Vols, Reprint of both Vol I and II. Exact reprint of the 1861 edition. Not the fat cheaper reprints available form others, This is the better quality set with a sturdy binding and deluxe leatherette cover. Vol 1 includes Manual of arms, School of the Soldier, School of the Company and Instructions for Skirmishers. Vol 2 contains School of the Battalion. Both include numerous line drawings and one fold out. This is a great asset for anyone interested in the tactics of the day, and essential for officers learning line drill. This was the Bible for the military at the time....................$ Please Call

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Hardees Pocket Manual

Hardees Infantry Tactics, An exact reprint of the pocket version of this famed manual in paperback. 159 pgs. A must for every CW enthusiast interested in drill, tactics, or military life in general for the recruit. Includes School of the Soldier and School of the Company. By Brevet Lt Gen W.J. Hardee prior to his leaving for the Southern Service. This is one of our most popular handbooks....... $8.95

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1863 US Infantry Tactics, 450 pgs with illustrations and diagrams. Hard Bound Edition.
Prepared under the direction of the US War Department and approved by the President for instruction, exercises, and maneuvers of the United States Infantry during the American Civil War. This book presents an unequaled description of how the US Infantry was organized, trained, and fought including- The School of the Soldier with 26 illustrations, 50 diagrams of company, battalion, and regimental maneuvers, Instructions for all types of infantry (heavy, light, and skirmishers), Music for 48 Bugle Calls, Articles of War, Dictionary of military words and phrases.
This is an actual reprint of the 1861 Infantry Tactics, dated 1863. This is essentially Hardees Tactics, but since Gen Hardee went South, the Northern Government did not want his name on their books! The two books were consolidated into one volume, which was used until revision by General Upton in the late 1860's.
Measures 4" X 5 1/4".......................................$22.95

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Guides - Posts.
The Manual of Civil War Infantry Drill which Consolidates and Reclassifies the Schools of the Soldier and Company, Incorporates Division Drill, and includes the Instructions for Skirmishers.
Compiled by Mark (Silas) Tackitt. 140 pages, stitch bound. This book is presented in a period style paperback binding. Includes an extensive compilation of drill from Hardees Tactics 1862, Casey's Infantry Tactics 1862, Gilhams, and others. Devoted to the necessary company and division drill for Reenactors, and is targeted at the newest soldier as well as the seasoned company commander. As the title implies, all aspects of drill are covered and translated into realistic instructions for today's Civil War Soldiers, taking into account the difficulty in reading each instructors manual of the period. Mr. Tackitt has compiled into one complete manual a more understandable version of the most popular drill manuals of the day including illustrations and diagrams from the originals.
112 pages of text plus 35 period drawings plus 8 pages of index and conversion tables.
Much has been crammed into this little manual. A "must have" for all drill and marching enthusiasts and reenactors.........$18.50

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Camp and Outpost Duty for Infantry- 1862, General Daniel Butterfield. 124 pages hardbound. One of the first army field manuals after the conflict broke out. Butterfield compiled into one book, directives on- Outpost and Sentinel Duty, Standing Orders for Marches, Camps, and Bivouacs, Rules for Health and Welfare of the Men, 112 Extracts from Army Regulations that "Every Soldier Must Know" and The Maxims of War and Duties of Officers in the Field.
This compendium became a standard in the Union Army. A very valuable resource book not previously reproduced. Exact copy of the original. Measures 4" X 5"....................................$11.95

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1862 Army Officers Pocket Companion, William P. Craighill 1st LT US Corps of Engineers. Principally designed for Staff Officers in the field. Concise and complete description of how divisions, corps, and field armies were commanded and operated. Drawn from West Points' unparalleled resources, this guide teaches- Employment of the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and Engineers in Reconnaissance's, Attacks, Defense, Sieges, and Retreats. Also Marches, Movements, Bivouacs, Grand Guards, Field Fortifications, Logistics and Medical, Prisoners of War and Intelligence, Honors and Ceremonies, General Staff Functions, and much more.
This book is 4" X 5 1/4" and 314 pages hardbound. This is a very informative book covering all heretofore untouched reprinted material as noted above.
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Customs of Service BooksCustoms of Service- for Officers of the Army, Exact reprint of the 1865 volume. 389 pgs hard bound Handbook of Military Administration for Officers of the line, showing the specific duties of each grade from the lowest to the highest. Excellent original reference material in a period reprint. A must for your impression...$16.95

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Customs of Service BooksCustoms of Service- for Non- Commissioned Officers of the Army, See above. Exact reprint of the 1865 volume. 303 pgs hard bound Handbook for the Rank and File of the army showing their rights and duties, and how to obtain and perform the same. Excellent original reference material in a period reprint. A must for your impression....$16.95

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Heitmans Simplified Hardees

Heitmans Simplified Hardees. New Revised Third Edition!! Hardees Manual completely translated in simple terms including diagrams. 203 pgs including guard mount. In this new 2005 edition, Don has added 60 extra pages with the addition of differences between Hardees and Caseys and a newly revised Guard Mount in two seperate styles for ease of explanation.........................................$17.95



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Caseys for Reenactors

Casey's for Reenactors, A Manual of Instruction for School of the Battalion by well known Eastern figurehead Jerry "Grampy" Grehl. Casey's Manual translated for Reenactors in a simple outline form and understandable English. Complete with diagrams and illustrations for each movement, with commentary. Great reference material for those using Casey's Drill. New updated version with improved binding.
127 pgs.........................................$21.95

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Parade, Inspection and Basic Evolutions of the Infantry Battalion.
4th edition. By Col Dominic J. Dal Bello, Army of the Pacific. 78 pgs with 50 illustrations. Manual for company officers and non-coms of Civil war living history units on the movements of a battalion of infantry..........$17.95

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Instructions for Guards and Pickets


Instructions for Guards and Pickets.
79 pgs. Dal Bello. A Manual Compiled for the use of Civil War Living Historians. Includes- Guard Mount and the Relief of Sentinels, Duties of the members of the Guard, Police and general officers' guards, Grand guards and Pickets, Advanced and Rear Guards and Flankers. Great companion for the above handbook........................................$17.95

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Caseys Infantry TacticsAvailable Again- We just had this reprinted!

Casey's Infantry Tactics, Brig.-Gen Silas Casey. Vol 1. This is a more correctly sized pocket version. Schools of the soldier and company, Instructions for Skirmishers and music. 279 pages ppr back. Exact reprint of an original manual in our collection......................................................$12.95


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Schuyler Hartley Graham Catalog

Schuyler, Hartley, Graham- Illustrated Catalog of Civil War Military Goods. Reprint of the 1864 catalog. 146 pages. Great for reference................................................................. $Discontinued

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Military Hand Book

The Military Handbook & Manual of Information, Including the Official Articles of War. Exact reprint of this pocket sized manual. 141 pgs. 6 1/2" X 4 1/2" Similar to "The School of the Soldier" with details on how to be a recruit and get along in the service.............$14.95

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1862 Cookes Cavalry Tactics, Brig General Philip St Geo Cooke. Hard Bound pocket edition. 4" x 6". 96 pages plus music. Exercises and maneuvers of the United States Cavalry. Includes- School of the Trooper, Platoon, and Squadron. Also Evolutions of the Regiment and the Line, Over 200 Maneuvers with 46 Illustrations, All commands, Manuals of Arms for Sword and Pistol, Definitions of Cavalry terms, Special Section for Cavalry Operations on the Frontier and Music for all 38 Cavalry Bugle Calls. Excellent resource and an exact copy of the hard bound original.....................$19.95

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1864 Artillery Manual

Field Artillery Tactics 1864, Prepared by a Board of Artillery Officers.
Exact hard bound reprint of the original manual. 404 pages of instructions and approx 122 pages of plates and diagrams. Excellent reprint for Artillerists.
Includes "The Evolutions of Batteries", Field Artillery Operations, Battery Wagons, Organization of Gun Crews, Firing, etc.
Valuable for Students, Writers, Historians, Reenactors and anyoine else interested in Civil War Artillery....................................................$21.95


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Rules for the Management and Cleaning of the Rifle Musket, Model 1863 for the use of Soldiers with Descriptive Plates,
This is the "Owners Manual" for the Springfield Rifle Muskets. This is for the 1863 but the details are identical for the 1861 and 1864 muskets. 25 pages with drawings and diagrams....$8.95

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Manual for Henrys Patent Repeating Rifle, 50 pages with instructions, breakdown and a parts price list for this famed rifle including reports from customers and the Chief of the Ordnance Department.................................................................$8.95

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Spencer Repeating Rifle Company,
Manual and price list for the Spencer Repeating Arms company. This book contains a description of the rifle from the manufacturer along with specifications. Also included diagrams and breakdowns for the action and parts. Included are many testimonials from Military Customers, newspaper accounts, and even an article on "What the Rebels Think" of this arm for their use. Great for reference or as a companion piece for your Spencer Rifle or Carbine.....................................................................$8.95

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