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Capt. James I. Waddell, CSN, Camp #1608
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Waddell Camp Literary Guide

The following books are highly recommended to anyone interested in War Between the States history. While there are many other worthy books that might also have been included here, those listed below have the added distinction of having been authored by past speakers at meetings of the Capt. James I. Waddell Camp #1608 of the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Civil War in Md.
  • The Civil War in Maryland; by Daniel Carroll Toomey; Toomey Press, Baltimore, Maryland. Published 1983 (1st edition). Pages: 183.
    ěThe Civil War in Marylandî offers a chronology of military operations and major political events within the state and provides a dramatization of the involvement and importance of the Maryland, the smallest border state, during the first year of the war. It also recounts for the first time over 150 battles, skirmishes and minor military operations that occurred throughout the state. A must read for every Marylander with an interest in our state. This popular book is available at many local bookstores.


  • Ghost Stories and Legends from the Old Confederacy; by Dr. Kenneth Stuart McAtee; Privately published. Published 1993. Pages: 62.
    A collection of tales, ghost stories, and legends arising from the War Between the States and collected by Dr. McAtee over many decades.

    Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders
    • Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders; by Virgil Carrington Jones; EPM Publications, Inc., 1003 Turkey Run Road, McLean, Virginia 22101. Pages: 431. Price $14.95.
      The exploits of the Confederate guerrillas known as Mosby's Rangers. They were bold, courageous, unpredictable. In darkness they stole behind Union lines to attack sleeping camps: they rode off with supply wagons, horses, guns, prisoners and payroll cash. Their exploits were real and damaging, yet their whereabouts could seldom be found.


    Gray Thunder
    • Gray Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy; by R. Thomas Campbell; Burd Street Press, P.O. Box 152, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Published 1996. Pages: 212. Price: $19.95.
      The fascinating story of the Confederate navy as it struggled against a well equipped and relentless foe. Using selected exploits, the author tells the exciting story of the Confederate Navy and its courageous battle, with insufficient resources, against unbelievable odds.


    Maryland: The South's First Casualty
    • Maryland: The South's First Casualty; by Bart Rhett Talbert; Rockbridge Publishing Company, P.O. Box 351, Berryville, VA 22611. Published 1995. Pages: 150. Price: $25.00. To order, call 1-800-473-3943.
      This fascinating book describes events in Maryland just prior to and during the War Between the States. It focuses on the character of the State and the political climate of the times. It carefully documents Maryland's unequivocal Southern leanings and how its will was denied by forceful federal intervention. A must read for true Marylanders.


    • Ranger Mosby; by Virgil Carrington Jones; EPM Publications, Inc., 1003 Turkey Run Road, McLean, Virginia 22101. Pages: 347. Price $14.95.
      A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1944, and in print ever since, Ranger Mosby is the definitive biography of the crafty, flamboyant fighter whose raids presaged guerrilla tactics of the 20th century. This book became the genesis for the popular 1950's television series, the Gray Ghost.


    • Southern Fire: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy; by R. Thomas Campbell; Burd Street Press, P.O. Box 152, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Published 1997. Price: $24.95.
      The third enthralling book by Thomas Campbell chronicling the exploits of the Confederate navy that he began with Gray Thunder and continued with Southern Thunder.


    A Southern Star for Maryland
    • Southern Star for Maryland, A; by Lawrence M. Denton; Publishing Concepts; Baltimore, Maryland 21210. Published 1997. Pages: 235. Price: $23.95.
      A captivating account of the events as Maryland experienced them in the terrible year from the presidential election of 1860, in which Maryland voted overwhelmingly with the South, to the state election of 1861 by which time Maryland had been overrun by over 130,000 federal troops and treated as occupied territory. Mr. Denton clearly documents how Marylanders' desires to formally join its sister states in the Confederacy were subjugated by rapid and forceful federal intervention.


    • Southern Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy; by R. Thomas Campbell; Burd Street Press, P.O. Box 198, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Published 1996. Pages 198. Price: $19.95.
      More exploits of the Confederate navy in the engaging style of Mr. Thomas's first book on the subject, Gray Thunder.


    Union and Confederate Submarine Warfare in the Civil War
    • Union and Confederate Submarines in the Civil War; by Mark K. Ragan; Savas Publishing Company, 202 First Street S.W., Suite 103A, Mason City, Iowa 50401. Published 1999. Pages: 150. Price: $25.00. To order, call Stackpole Books at 1-800-732-3669.
      The War Between the States is often referred to as the first "modern" war. Among a host of watershed events was the first sinking of an enemy ship by the confederate submarine the CSS Hunley. This book tells the story of the Hunley and of the many other submarines that fought on both sides. Mr. Ragan is a researcher and diver who served as a consultant for the TNT movie "Hunley" which was based on another of his books.



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