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1. Rolls of Connecticut Men in the
2. Bonaparte's Sons (Alain Lausard
3. Captain James Penfield, 1863-1864:
4. Volunteers and Redcoats, Raiders
5. Traveler's Guide to the Great
6. War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional
7. Civil War Roster of Davie County,
8. A Grassroots History of the American
9. Virginia and West Virginia Genealogical
10. The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt
12. Elizabeth I: War and Politics,
13. The Air Vcs (Vcs of the First
14. Military records of Jackson County,
15. Sons of Confederate Veterans
16. Winchester Divided: The Civil
17. Historical Register and Dictionary
18. Memoir and Official Correspondence
19. The Civil War Roster of Davidson
20. Muster Rolls and Other Records

1. Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War 1755-1762: 1755-1757 (Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French & Indian War, 1755-17)
by Connecticut Historical Society
 Paperback: 354 Pages (1994-01)
list price: US$24.00
Isbn: 1556138903
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2. Bonaparte's Sons (Alain Lausard Adventures)
by Richard Howard
Paperback: 384 Pages (1998-07-01)
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Asin: 0751518115
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Set in France during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the first volume in a trilogy telling the story of a regiment of Napoleon's soldiers recruited from the dungeons of the Bastille. Thrown together under the leadership of the ambitious Cezar, they are pronounced expendable.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lausard drafted out of self-loathing in jail, and on to glory in First Italian Campaign
This is the first of six books which follow the fortunes of Alain Lausard across the Napoleonic Age in war.The books are well crafted, but not inspired on on individual basis. Still, they each tell a good story in a competent manner.

The true worth of the books, however, are revealed in their totality.The device of one central character across the entire expanse Napoleonic Wars provides a variety of writing efficiencies in character development and it allows the author time to reveal the events in the background and the plotting in the foreground.

Following the progress of Lausard from his jail cell to the Legion of Honor at Jena, and on to further spiritual growth through the tragedy of Eylau, many conflicts arise that are very exciting for the Napoleonic reader.Will Lausard, for instance, be reconciled to the humiliation of of the Revolution?Will he rise on his merits?Will he improbably be one of the few to survive all the major battles and campaigns?What fates will keep him alive?Will he rise to Marshal of France?We he become whole and will he provide a human example of the historical transformations of the age?

These looming questions are wonderful sources of reading interest and it all unfolds in a competent retelling of the famous anecdotes of the era and the great human achievements of the age. Any one of the books is far less valuable alone than as a part in of the ensemble. In the totality of the work can be found a real value, wherein it it is clear the whole is far more valuable than the sum of the parts.

The protagonist Lausard has many internal conflicts and rises in the Army as a dragoon despite his disdain for rank and glory. He grows and survives as his true intelligence and character constantly redeem him in the crisis of the outward conflicts around him. He rises to Sergeant and is widely respected by his fellow soldiers because he fights for them and not for glory itself.

The road map of major events follows the obvious Napoleonic cannon. This first volume culminates on the "fertile plains" of Italy as the French transform from a band of misfits into a force worthy at the Battle of Rivoli to cause the Holy Roman Empire to begin its retreat into history.

It is up to the reader to know what is generally going on. I recommend, as always, a syntopical reading with more a sweeping, factual telling of the campaigns from the strategic perspectives.This book and its companions are a valuable addition to the literature. However, I do not think the real dramatic interest can be obtained and enjoyed without a grasp of the ultimate context and major figures. You have to already know the big picture to get the marrow.

1-0 out of 5 stars Superficial and Inept Knock-Off
This is quite possibly the worst series of military fiction that I have ever read!...The author betrays a knowledge of history and strategy clearly gleaned from Britannica Junior, his grasp of tactics is vague at best, and his capacity to develop characters (not to mention theme) ranks with my former 7th Grade creative writing class...Howard ineptly attempts to copy the genre of Cornwell, but without the slightest effort to make himself the master of historical detail apart from superficial (and generally wrong) references to technical terms...Napoleon is an arch-villain, endlessly playing the incarnation of evil with a God complex...The main characters are cavalrymen of superhuman skill who nonetheless petulantly argue the IDENTICAL exchange of dialogue for two pages of every ten (or more often) throughout the entire series!...One fellow has unshakeable idealism, another has religious faith (both are portrayed as buffoons for this), and the protagonist is a murdering cynic who condemns his fellows, the Revolution, the Directory, Napoleon, and every ounce of human existence, but to no visible purpose or eventual growth...This may seem like a overly-tedious exercise in sharing the author's hostility for (and ignorance of) the Age he selected for his work, but Howard does break the monotony with an occasional, and absurdly gory, fight scene...The battles are more dubious than the worst efforts of Robert Ludlum...Our heroes routinely stab various unmounted enemies in various ways three or four times while galloping past them, and the mounted enemies must submit to having their heads grabbed and necks twisted to breaking (of course, all done at the full gallop once again!)...I most wholeheartedly suggest that you turn your attention to Allan Mallinson (or even Delderfield) for a competent plot and skillful writing...I bought this entire series in great anticipation, and it brought me frustration, rage, and (by the third book) merely laughter...The series is not fit for a comic book.

4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaing and imaginative Napoleonic tale.
Fans of Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" series will undoubtedly enjoy Richard Howard's "Bonaparte's Sons". The novel follows the adventures of Alain Laussard, a disgraced nobleman rotting in the depths of a Parisian prison after the tumultous period following the French Revolution.Laussard, along with a mixed bag of fellow convicts is then recruited into one of Bonapartes elite cavalry units, and sent to the front lines of the 1797 Italian campaign. While the novel itself lacks the stylistic flair of Cornwell or C.S Forrester, it remains an enjoyable work. Readers however, should be prepared for cliched one-dimensional characters (even in the case of the main protagonist), and a fairly routine military story.That being said, the novel contains plenty of action, and a relatively impressive attention to historical detail (though at times Howards research becomes a little too evident, for example do we really need to know the precise speed of a projected cannon ball?). As a writer Howard is not quite in the same league as O'Brian, Forrester or Cornwell, but fans of Napoleonic war literature will definetly enjoy this novel as an entertaining and imaginative read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy swashbuckler
I spotted this series in a catalogue, and was eager to try out the first volume.Since the story is told from the French perspective, it's a refreshing change from the solidly anglophile array of historical adventures, in English, covering the Napoleonic period:on land, Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" novels and a couple of C.S. Forester's tales; on sea, the Hornblower novels of Forester and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Mathurin books.Richard Howard is not in the same league as Cornwell, Forester, or O'Brian. (A better French-viewed Napoleonic tale is Patrick Rambaud's "The Battle", published in English in 2000). But the book is a worthwhile, entertaining read, ideal for a long airplane, train, or bus trip, or by the poolside or seaside.It begins in the fall of 1795, with the French Directory scouring the prisons of Paris for its armies on the Rhine and in Northern Italy.The main character is part of a squadron of dragoons who are trained and sent to join Bonaparte at the start of his Italian campaign in April 1796.This colorful gang of thieves and cutthroats -- a Napoleonic "Dirty Dozen" -- gradually evolves into an effective fighting unit, acquitting itself ably at the climactic battle of Rivoli in January 1797 and a subsequent raid behind Austrian lines.The author does not stint in his description of the grisly, unglamorous aspects of warfare of this era:harsh discipline, pillaging, the harrowing fate of the wounded, the carnage and confusion of battle.However, I didn't get a good sense of just what role the dragoons, and cavalry in general, played in Bonaparte's army and how they contributed to victory.The book is interspersed with chapters showing Bonaparte himself taking command of the Army of Italy and leading it to breathtaking triumph;this works well, but then stops, and only picks up again in the final chapter.I wish the publisher had provided a map or two, and some historical comments (which are much appreciated in the Sharpe books).Also, some biographical notes about the author would have been interesting:Is he the same Richard Howard whose new translation of "The Charterhouse of Parma" has recently been published in the Modern Library series? Visually, the front covers of the first two volumes of the series, "Bonaparte's Sons" and "Bonaparte's Invaders", are stunning.They reproduce details from marvelous 19th century paintings.The one on the third book, "Bonaparte's Conquerors", does not, and the difference is striking and disappointing. ... Read more

3. Captain James Penfield, 1863-1864: Civil War Diary--5th New York Volunteer Cavalry, Company H
by Penfield Foundation
 Hardcover: 285 Pages (1999-08-01)
list price: US$32.00
Isbn: 0974142204
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Captain Penfield's Civil War Diary 1863-1865. First Edition published by Penfield Foundation. This is number 240 of 500 numbered editions, measures 9" x 6" and is 285 pages. Captain Penfield was the cousin of breveted Brigadier General John Hammond, also of the 5th NY Cavalry. Penfield offers several first hand accounts of encounters with Mosby. Example: Saturday, May 30, 1863, Train fired into by Mosby guerrilla's-track torn up and cars burned-5 NY & 1st Vt go in pursuit about 10 mile & after a running fight-charge on the Gun & take it. Lt. Barker & 5 men wounded. Corpl S. Orlando Drake Co. H killed-Murphy Co. B killed. Captain Haskins of the reb (an Englishman mortally wounded by ___________. Lt Barker horse badly wounded & one horse killed-Co. H. Penfield was captured at Hagarstown MD on July 6, 1863 after having fought at Gettysburg and spent the remainder of the war in southern prisons including Libby, Macon and Charleston. More than 500 different soldiers are mentioned, as Captain Penfield made note of most everyone he met while in prison, and most of them have been identified. The 5th NY served with the 1st VT Cavalry and the 18th PA Cavalry ... Read more

4. Volunteers and Redcoats, Raiders and Rebels (Canadian War Museum Historical Publication)
by Mary Beacock Fryer
Hardcover: 156 Pages (2010-01-01)
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A comprehensive history or rebellions and U.S. invasions in Upper Canada, in 1837 and 1838, covering the skirmishes in eastern Ontario, Toronto, and southwestern Ontario. Lavishly illustrated with rare photos and maps, Volunteers is a popular narrative history that examines the lives and motives of the leaders of Upper Canada's rebellions; their U.S. allies; the British and Canadian administrators who played significant roles in the uprisings; and the Canadians who remained loyal to the Crown.

The book is also a careful and gripping study of the emotions and motives that burned inside of the men who led the rebellions; from Windsor in the west to Prescott in the east. A co-publishing venture with the Canadian War Museum, Volunteers is being released in conjuction with the sesquicentennial of the famour Mackenzie rebellion in Toronto.

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5. Traveler's Guide to the Great Sioux War: The Battlefields, Forts, and Related Sites of America's Greatest Indian War
by Paul Hedren
Paperback: 128 Pages (1996-01-01)
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Asin: 0917298381
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Keyed to official highway maps, this richly illustrated guide leads the traveler to virtually every principal landmark associated with the war. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Traveler's Guide to the Great Sioux War
Superb volume; spent happy hours reading about places we've been lucky enough to visit and reviewing ones still to come if we can ever cross the Atlantic again. Amazon is a fantastic storehouse for books on our favourite subjects.This one is a must as an aide memoire and a forward planner.

5-0 out of 5 stars On tour of the Great Sioux War sites
This little book (only 126 pages) does many different things, all very well, and most better than books many times its size. Hedren has chosen 54 specific historical sites relating to the Great Sioux War and arranged them chronologically, with site 1 being the Grattan Battlefield in Wyoming (commemorating an 1854 incident which helped set the stage for later events) and site 54 being Sitting Bull's grave in South Dakota (he died in 1890). In addition to these 54 "official" sites, Hedren identifies and directs readers to many other related locations nearby.

Each site gets a number (which is also pin-pointed on a map), a brief description of the its significance, and directions to it (also whether it's on private property or not); then follows a longer historical account of the site's role in the War and a number of photographs indicating what a visitor to the site would see. It's a magnificent tool for anyone touring the area (most sites are in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska), but it's just as valuable (and exciting) for anyone interested in the Sioux War who can't leave his livingroom. A great book. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than a Travelor's Guide: Great Frame Work of Sioux War
This book is fabulous in that in that it not only charts the tour sites of the Great Sioux was with excellent maps, directions and fantastic pictures but also provides excellent mini-histories on what occurred at each site including bios on the main participants. Just reading this book gives you a goodhistorical perspective for the great plains war with chapters that categorize the historical sites by period starting with the Gratten marker in Wyoming. The Gratten monument was for a Lt. and his company that threatened Conquering Bear's village over the alleged theft of a cow resulting in his death and his companies (1856). This book proceeds with sites and histories flowing the Red Cloud War of 1866, through the Little Bighorn Campaign period and aftermath, the summer and winter campaigns. Also includes historical sites after 1877 such as sitting Bull's Canadian sites with descriptions of the sites and pictures. Hedren covers every major historical site from old forts, some of which have been reconstructed and some have actual structures that he describes and has pictures of. You can virtuallyfollow the expeditions of the army or find exact locations ofsignificant village sites. This book adds an extra dimension to any trip as Hedren shows you additional sites, someobscure, right next door to the more publicized sites.A great example is Little Bighorn, just 30 miles away is the pristine Rosebud Battlefield site where Crook encountered the Sioux and Cheyenne in a desperate and critical battle a week before Custer. In addition, the Powder River Battlefield where Crook's forces struck first but lost the initiative in March is just further west of the Rosebud Battlefield. This book provides so much information and easy directions including those that are on private property (includes caution to seek permission) that an adventurous traveler can seemingly so it all in a long week but perhaps two. The book's pictures are better than many books that are dedicated to a specific battle. The pictures of the massive Bear Butte Mountain are incredible as its mass is seen along a flat plain. The also book includes pictures of the main participants and their places of rest. A book that Walter Camp would be proud of as he documented many of these sites almost 100 years ago before they were lost to obscurity. I wish I had this book when I visited the Little Bighorn two years ago; however, there is so much great information I would have had to stay west another week. ... Read more

6. War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
by Kent DeLong
Hardcover: 224 Pages (1993-07-30)
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Asin: 0275943097
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this extraordinary book, 15 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor tell the stories of the actions for which they received their awards. The stories themselves present true examples of valor, courage, and sacrifice. More than stories, however, they recount moments of significance in the life of our country. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I wanted very much to give this five stars, but "minor" factual errors caused me to doubt the whole.
I wanted very much to give this five stars, but "minor" factual errors caused me to doubt the whole. The biggest error I saw was about Lewis L. Millett. "In 1960, he started the U.S. Army Rangers"(p.133).I was also amazed to find out that a K-bar knife has a ten inch blade. These are just a couple of things that jumped out at me.
Military readers have a keen eye for detail, and glorious deeds may be doubted due to sloppy editing and poor fact checking. I suspect that this book is basically true, but don't make me work at it. Revise and republish.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aristotle understood the mechanism of heroism
I read this book for a graduate seminar on Ethics.Many soldiers who have acted courageously and survived their ordeal, have either not been very forthcoming in communicating their courageous acts or had a difficult time explaining what motivated them to risk their lives.However Kent DeLong, who at the time of writing his book War Heroes, was the attending physician of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, conducted personal interviews with a few MOH recipients.One case in particular is the courageous actions of Major Patrick Henry Brady; a helicopter air ambulance pilot during the Vietnam War.When reflecting on his experience Brady said, "You don't think about the danger as much as you think about helping men who need you.In Vietnam, I was faced with a series of obstacles: enemy fire, terrain, or aircraft limitations.I worked my way through those obstacles and brought human beings to safety."Brady's quote sounds like a good definition of Aristotelian virtue ethics about courage.When one reads the myriad of MOH citations, one quickly finds that the vast majority of soldiers recognized by their nation to have acted courageously did so out of friendship and love of their comrades in arms.Thus, Aristotle believes that a soldier is not acting courageously when he is reacting to danger with a thoughtless or blind act of emotional anger or revenge.

I recommend this work to anyone interested in philosophy, and ethics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing stories
If you have an interest in history, and most especially these amazing men who put so much on the line for thier friends and country. This is the book for you.
Facinating detailed stories of what these men did to recieve thier awards.
I just wish we in this country were a little more careful about how we use the word hero. Because after you read this book, it will be hard to think of a basketball player, or movie star as hero.
A fun read

5-0 out of 5 stars War Heroes
Very inspiring accounts of the actions of Medal of Honor Recipients.Easy to read and you don't want to put it down. ... Read more

7. Civil War Roster of Davie County, North Carolina: Biographies of 1,147 Men Before, During and After the Conflict
by Mary Alice M. Hasty
Hardcover: 284 Pages (2009-03-16)
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Asin: 0786438576
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It could be said that Davie County, North Carolina, entered the Civil War only reluctantly. As late as February of 1861, a statewide ballot calling for a convention on secession had been defeated by a relatively small margin of votes. In Davie County, however, some 754 people voted against the convention, with only 263 in favor. Yet despite the initial opposition, an enormous number of Davie County men signed up to fight. Out of a population of 6,000, more than 1,200 men served in the Confederate forces, three-fourths of them volunteers. This book seeks to identify every man who either served in a Davie County company or who left Davie County to enlist in another county and to provide as much information as possible concerning each man's military and genealogical history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Civil War Ancestors
I am so glad that I ordered this book from Amazon, as it has several of my mother's ancestor's listed, who fought in the Civil War from Davie County, North Carolina.It also gives other information on their lives.This is a great book to trace your family roots from this area. ... Read more

8. A Grassroots History of the American Civil War, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of Pvt. Ephraim Cooper One of Mr. Lincoln┬┐s First Volunteers
by Richard J. Staats
Paperback: 180 Pages (2003-10)
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Asin: 0788423738
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Volume One primarily focuses on the years from 1845 toJune, 1861. To the citizens of northeast Ohio the issues of slaveryand secession directly threatened their economy, their way of life,their commerce, and certain aspects of their liberty. These heatedpolitical issues, the stances taken by the influential local people,and the family circumstances in young Ephraim Cooper's environment ledhim to immediately volunteer to help save the Union. Amidst theuncertainty for the future and the excitement of the present, Cooperjoined the Tyler Guards, an outfit that became Company G in the threemonths' service of the 7th Ohio Volunteer wInfantry.

The book is augmented with photos, notes, a bibliography, index and anappendix that contains rosters of the Franklin Rifles and TylerGuards. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, index, 180 pp. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great story telling and local history!
If you are a Civil war buff or have ancestors who lived in the Portage County, Ohio area, this series of books are wonderful resources!The neat thing about the author's books is that he includes letters and tid bits from local papers that give you a prespective of the civil war that many books lack.he also includes a great index and you might just find something about your ancestor! ... Read more

9. Virginia and West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records: Volume 1 (Virginia & West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionar)
by Patrick G. Wardell
Paperback: 344 Pages (2009-05-01)
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10. The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War
by Edward J. Renehan Jr.
Paperback: 320 Pages (1999-12-09)
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Asin: 0195134249
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In The Lion's Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. vividly portrays the grand idealism, heroic bravery, and reckless abandon that Theodore Roosevelt both embodied and bequeathed to his childrenand the tragic fulfillment of that legacy on the battlefields of World War I.

Drawing upon a wealth of previously unavailable materials, including letters and unpublished memoirs, The Lion's Pride takes us inside what is surely the most extraordinary family ever to occupy the White House. Theodore Roosevelt believed deeply that those who had been blessed with wealth, influence, and education were duty bound to lead, evenperhaps especiallyif it meant risking their lives to preserve the ideals of democratic civilization. Teddy put his principles, and his life, to the test inSpanish American war, and raised his children to believe they could do no less. When America finally entered the "European conflict" in 1917, all four of his sons eagerly enlisted and used their influence not to avoid the front lines but to get there as quickly as possible. Their heroism in France and the Middle East matched their father's at San Juan Hill. All performed with selfless some said heedlesscourage: Two of the boys, Archie and Ted, Jr., were seriously wounded, and Quentin, the youngest, was killed in a dogfight with seven German planes. Thus, the war that Teddy had lobbied for so furiously brought home a grief that broke his heart. He was buried a few months after his youngest child.

Filled with the voices of the entire Roosevelt family, The Lion's Pride gives us the most intimate and moving portrait ever published of the fierce bond between Teddy Roosevelt and his remarkable children.Amazon.com Review
When Colonel Theodore Roosevelt led his Rough Riders up theSan Juan Ridge in 1898, it was one of the most daring exploits of theSpanish-American War. Colleagues would later report that, seeminglyoblivious to the threat of death, Roosevelt "was just reveling invictory and gore," collecting spent cartridges as souvenirs for hisfour sons while shells exploded around him. His martial vigor servedas a model to those sons, one that they took to heart, but their ownexperiences of war were far removed from TR's swashbucklingadventure.

At the end of World War I, the youngest Roosevelt son--Quentin--wasdead, shot down in the skies over France. Theodore Jr. (Ted) andArchie both sustained serious injuries, and Archie suffered from boutsof serious depression many times in the years afterwards. Yet theyboth served, along with their brother, Kermit, in World War II aswell. At 57, Ted was the oldest American participant in the Normandyinvasion; Archie became the only U.S. soldier ever to be classified as100% disabled twice in his career.

The Lion's Pride tells all their stories with thoroughness andgraceful simplicity. Although military historians will surelyappreciate its combat narratives, it is at heart a family saga, a talewith profound emotional resonance for parents and children alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Theodore Roosevelt as a father.
This is an excellent work about Theodore Roosevelt as a father. Although the author discusses his children throughout the book, the focus is on TR himself. One thing I have admired about President Roosevelt is that he loved being a father (although his relationship with his oldest daughter, Alice, was strained), and this drew me to read this book. I was not disappointed.

The author also gives us a glimpse into TR's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., who was a very generous man with his time and money. After reading about him, I understood why TR valued public service.

Because the author focuses on the president, the reader will see how TR influenced his children to value public service. For example, all of his sons served in the military. Indeed, Quentin Roosevelt died as a pilot in a dogfight in World War I. The elder son, Theodore Roosevelt II, led the first wave on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day during World War II. He died of a heart attack some weeks later. Archie was declared 100% disabled in both World War I and World War II. Kermit also served well in both wars, but suffered from alcoholism and depression (TR's brother, who was Eleanor Roosevelt's father, also suffered from the same). Also, TR's youngest daughter, Ethel, served as a nurse in France in World War I.

This book is definitely worth reading to get a view of Theodore Roosevelt as a family man. I wish we had more elected officials like him today.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Unique and Fascinating American Family
Completely understanding TR is impossible without considering his children, or his own childhood for that matter.These are the foci of the "The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War."TR was deeply influenced by his father, a wealthy and generous, many would claim great man whose most glaring defect and regret was what amounted to a buy out of his Civil War service obligation.TR called him the "greatest man I ever knew."Yet, in many respects TR spent the rest of his life attempting to overcome and reverse this blemish upon the family record through extraordinary patriotism and service.Leading at the apex of conflict and danger was the duty of a great and privileged family.This credo was embraced wholeheartedly by his children, which makes for fascinating reading. While some would argue this compulsion became excessive and detrimental, the Roosevelt's had no regrets and curiously embraced their family tragedies in the midst of great pain.This phenomenon is particularly evident in the death of the youngest, Quintin while flying patrol over German lines in WWI.On the other hand, if you are looking for an in depth look at any one or more of the children this book will not suffice.Indeed, the early chapters focus on TR's life leading up to WWI, while the latter chapters are largely dedicated to his offspring's activities in young adulthood, particularly those related to the Great War.There is little regarding TR's close and often tender relationship with his children during their childhood in the White House or at Sagamore Hill.As a result, while I greatly enjoyed this book, I was hoping for more breadth and insight into the children's upbringing and their lives after TR's death.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent distillation of Roosevelt's last years
Renehan's accounting of the last years of Theodore Roosevelt Jr. is condensed and fascinating.Mostly covering 1898 and 1910-1919, the book provides insight into the southern New York high society of the early 20th century.Famous names, including Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, Cowles, and Coolidge, parade across the pages.

Nuggets include the mention of Harvard in that time as a conservative and pro-military bastion (compared to today's institution fighting military recruitment in court), Woodrow Wilson viewed as an appeaser, a coward, and an appointer of bigots in his administration (in contrast to a reputation as being a visionary negotiator), observation by Gen. George Patton that Theodore's eldest son, Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt III, was a courageous commander- but no soldier (both father and son won the Medal of Honor...a feat perhaps not matched by any other American family), and the contrast highlighted between Kaiser Wilhelm's non-combat patronage of his sons (during WWI) and the former president Roosevelt's sons participating in front line combat.Another interesting fact: three of Roosevelt's four sons died in military service--one killed in action, one dead of a heart attack a month after D-Day and one day before he was to be promoted to major general, and one a suicide).The fourth suffered from the long term effects of severe war wounds.

Roosevelt is also revealed as a founding father of the original progressive movement...born out of the Republican party, no less."Progressive" used to mean advocating sensible capitalism through the restraint of unlimited power of large corporations (through the Sherman Act) and the promotion of sound environmental policy and conservation.It also demanded the U.S. government uphold its main role--that of national defense.This is in stark contrast to today's "progressive" thinking--complete rejection of market economics and corporations, radical environmentalism, and pacifism.Roosevelt must spin in his grave.

All in all a great primer of the former president.Makes you want to immediately run out andread more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love TR
I read any book on TR.This one I was hoping would reveal more about his family.It still is a good read about TR.

5-0 out of 5 stars A giant of a man with a giant family
This is one of the best biographies of Theodore Roosevelt that I have ever read.It is interesting when you read this book and compare the legacy of the Roosevelt family and the Kennedy family.This is just my own opinion but I think the Roosevelt have more personality then all of the Kennedy family which is strange considering that the Roosevelt's are more overlooked.

Roosevelt was in effect the first of the modern politicians but still elements of the old school.

He was arrogant, a jingoist, and bombastic.He was also larger then life and an honest man in his own way.He also made sure that two of his sons served with the ground forces during WWI.That is something that cannot be said politicians today. ... Read more

11. RANGERS O HISTORICAL RECORDS From 1859 to the Conclusion of the Great War
by Capt A.V Wheeler-Holohan and Capt G.M.G
Paperback: 308 Pages (2003-05-28)
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Asin: 1843426110
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12. Elizabeth I: War and Politics, 1588-1603
by Wallace T. MacCaffrey
Paperback: 608 Pages (1994-05-04)
list price: US$64.00 -- used & new: US$36.19
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Asin: 0691036519
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Acclaimed for their dramatic rendering of the personalities and forces that shaped Elizabethan politics, Wallace T. MacCaffrey's three volumes thoroughly chronicle the Queen's decision making throughout her reign in a way that combines pleasurable reading with subtle analysis. Together in paperback for the first time, these books will find a wide readership among those interested in debunking Elizabeth's many mythic images and in following the steps of Elizabethan policy-makers as they grapple with the most crucial political problems of their day.

MacCaffrey completes his analysis by investigating how Elizabeth and her ministers governed in the years between the Armada of 1588 and her death in 1603. In light of the Queen's desire to uphold her popularity through the maintenance of peace and prosperity, the author explains why she pursued war with Spain by only half-measures and how the brutal conquest of Ulster and the destruction of Tyrone came to be seen as prerequisites for the incorporation of Northern Ireland. ... Read more

13. The Air Vcs (Vcs of the First World War)
by Peter J. Cooksley
Hardcover: 204 Pages (1998-02)
list price: US$33.95 -- used & new: US$138.60
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Asin: 075091212X
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This book tells the heroic stories of the 19 Victoria Cross airmen who flew the Sopwith Camels adnnd SE5As above the deadly battlefields of the Western Front in the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. ... Read more

14. Military records of Jackson County, Indiana volunteers in the War Between the States, 1861-1865
by Loren W Noblitt
 Unknown Binding: 107 Pages (2000)

Asin: B0006S0URE
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15. Sons of Confederate Veterans
by Turner Publishing
Hardcover: 176 Pages (1997-01)
list price: US$52.50
Isbn: 156311285X
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16. Winchester Divided: The Civil War Diaries of Julia Chase and Laura Lee
by Julia Chase, Laura Lee
Hardcover: 229 Pages (2002-07-10)
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Asin: 0811713946
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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One aspect of the Civil War now of great interest to historians andgeneral readers alike is the effect of the war on civilians. Using the besiegedcity of Winchester, Virginia, as a backdrop, Michael G. Mahon explores theimpact of the Civil War on two Winchester women: Julia Chase and Laura Lee."Winchester Divided" presents the diaries of Lee, a diehard Southerner, andChase, a firm supporter of the Union. Both used their diaries to unflinchinglyvoice their strong opinions. By juxtaposing their two opposing viewpoints, Mahonallows today's reader to get a real sense of the deeply felt passions that thewar inspired ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars From a Winchester native
I'm both a Civil War buff, and a native of Winchester, Virginia.So, this book has special meaning to me.

Winchester has always been careful to preserve its history.So, it's fun being able to read about the locations in this book and say, "Yeah, I know that house.It's still there."

It also gives an excellent insight into how life was during the war, through the words of two young women who were on the scene.

Highly recommended. ... Read more

17. Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army from Its (2675)
by Francis B. Heitman
Hardcover: 1695 Pages (1994-01)
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Asin: 080631401X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a complete list of commissioned officers of the U.S. from the organizationof the Army, September 29, 1789, to the year of the list's original publication in 1903, giving theofficers' full names and showing their services as cadets and all services as officers or enlistedmen, either in the regular or volunteer service. The heart of the work, Part II, an alphabeticallisting of the officers, runs to some 60,000 entries. Each entry contains a brief paragraph on theofficer giving his state or country where born, state from which originally appointed, date ofinduction, rank, date of discharge, promotions, medals, battles participated in, and, in about afifth of the entries, date of death after leaving the Army. This monumental book is actually a lotmore than a listing of the officer corps, as crucial as that is. Rather, it is a handbook on the men,events, and terminology of American military life during the years of its coverage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Its not the best - its the only one that does it!
Heitman's register is a must for any serious (by this I mean one who's interests extend beyond battles and weapons) student of the U.S. Army before 1900.The register has information on every regular army and all generals including promotions, assignments, awards, organization tables, lists of key officers etc. ... Read more

18. Memoir and Official Correspondence of General John Stark, with Notices of Several other Officers of the Revolution; also, a Biography of Capt. Phinehas Stevens, and of Col. Robert Rogers
by Caleb Stark
Paperback: 528 Pages (2004-06)
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Asin: 0788410881
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About half of this highly sought-after work is taken up with correspondence, making it one of the best sources of documentary material about the Revolution and the French and Indian War. Anchored by the military accomplishments of John Stark, this book also details the careers of several other heroes of both wars. Includes the extraordinary memoir of Robert Rogers (1755-1761) during the French and Indian War, including the substance of his journal, published in London in 1765, with additional information obtained from correspondence and extracts from general orders. Other military men profiled here are Gen. Jacob Bailey, Gen. Joseph Cilley, Col. Marinus Willet, Maj. Caleb Stark (son of Gen. John Stark) and Capt. Phinehas Stevens. Shorter accounts are given of Thomas Burnside, Col. Philip Skene, Maj. Benjamin Whitcomb, Rev. Thomas Allen and Gen. Moses Nichols. The Stark memoir takes up about 300 pages; the Rogers memoir consists of about 100 pages. ... Read more

19. The Civil War Roster of Davidson County, North Carolina: Biographies of 1,996 Men Before, During and After the Conflict
by Christopher M. Watford
Hardcover: 294 Pages (2000-12)
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Asin: 0786408731
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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During the War Between the States, Davidson County, North Carolina, sent nearly 2,000 men into service with the infantry, cavalry, artillery, navy, militia, and home guard. Each of these men left behind home, family, and occupation in order to serve; some would never return; others would return wounded in body and in spirit; 47 served in the Union Army. This is a roster with full biographies of each one of them. (Their lives were far more than just their service records.) The data were researched for years in four census records (1840-1870), marriage records, land transfers, cemetery records, family file folders, books, journals, obituaries. Each man's entry includes rank, unit(s), and personal and military history. Birth, death, marriage dates, parents, spouses, children; letters, journals, news articles: all are set forth in each entry, edited only for overall length. Photographs are included for many of the men. Also included is an overview of Davidson County's involvement in the conflict, and a bibliography ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Research issues
I commend Mr. Watford for his effort, but he seems to have gotten mixed up on his facts.My ancestor too, is misrepresented.Watford records him as having never married (something his numerous descendants find either vexing or humorous) and attending a college he did not attend.I think that data got garbled in his notes, and that the bio he gives probably connects to someone else.There's likely no demand, but a corrected second edition would keep a lot of family researchers from going off base.

1-0 out of 5 stars Incorrect information
This book was very badly researched.Julius C. Loftin was my great grandfather.The author has part of the information correct, his birth place, his Civil War Record, the name of my great grandmother and where they were married.However, he listed his birthday wrong, ALL of his children wrong (I should know who my grandfather and father were!), his death date wrong and the place that he died and is buried wrong.

I contacted the publisher about this mistake and they said that they would pass the information on to the author.However, I have never heard a word from the publisher again or from the author.

I was so livid with rage at this mistake that I did not bother with the rest of the book even though many of my ancestors were listed in it.

Save your money on this one.You can get the book through interlibrary loan if you just must see it, but please keep in mind it was done by a 27 year old who probably has very little interest in YOUR history. ... Read more

20. Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 (Archives of Maryland, XVIII) (#3750)
by Maryland Historical Society
Paperback: 740 Pages (2010-07-06)
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Asin: 0806305193
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This is the standard on the more than 20,000 Maryland troops in the RevolutionaryWar, and as such it is a book of the greatest genealogical and historical magnitude.

The plan of the work is archival, that is, lists and documents are printed as found, with ageneral index of names at the back of the book. This is perhaps the best method ofdocumentation possible because it enables the researcher to detemine the names of menassociated in any command. The records drawn on for this compilation derive chiefly frommuster rolls, payrolls, and Land Office records, thus rendering evidence of unassailable authorityfor Continental service in the American Revolution. Lists enumerated include the Flying Camp,Maryland Troop Musters, the German Regiment, Artillery Rolls, Rolls of Men in Lee'sDragoons and Pulaski's and Armand's Legions, Naval Rolls, Invalid Returns, and Rolls ofEscaped and Exchanged Prisoners. While tabular information given for each soldier variesaccording to command, it generally includes full name, rank, dates of enlistment and discharge,and miscellaneous remarks such as whether wounded, killed, or missing. A few rolls are moredetailed, giving birthplace, age, height, and comments on personal appearance. ... Read more

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