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William C. Davis (1) (1946–)

Author of Brother against Brother

For other authors named William C. Davis, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

William C. Davis is a retired history professor who taught at Virginia Tech. An acclaimed expert on the Civil War, he has served on a number of advisory boards, including the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; the American Battlefield Trust; the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in show more Petersburg, Virginia; the National Park Service; and the Lincoln Prize and Pulitzer Prize nominating juries. show less
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Works by William C. Davis

Brother against Brother (1983) 538 copies
The Battle of New Market (1975) 173 copies
Don Troiani's Civil War (1995) — Foreword — 129 copies
Virginia at War, 1862 (2007) — Editor — 115 copies
Lone Star Rising (2003) 97 copies
The Civil War (1999) 93 copies
The Civil War Cookbook (1993) 63 copies
Virginia at War, 1861 (2005) — Editor — 51 copies
Virginia at War, 1863 (2008) — Editor — 37 copies
Virginia at War, 1864 (2009) — Editor — 36 copies
Virginia at War, 1865 (2011) — Editor — 32 copies
The Civil War Chronicle (2004) 32 copies
Battles of the Civil War (1991) 25 copies
Wild West Trilogy (2000) 24 copies
Portraits of the Riverboats (2001) 19 copies
Portraits of the Civil War (1999) 18 copies
The Campaign to Appomattox (1975) 14 copies
Weapons of the Civil War (1992) 10 copies
Trivia of the Civil War (1992) 9 copies
Civil War Times 8 copies
Civil War Recipes (2003) 1 copy
Amerikas Wilder Westen — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Monitor Chronicles (2000) — Foreword — 79 copies
From Cedar Mountain to Antietam (Stackpole) (1777) — Foreword, some editions — 66 copies
The Papers of Jefferson Davis: Volume 14, 1880-1889 (2015) — Introduction — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Davis, William Charles
Places of residence
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Sonoma State University, B.A. History 1968
Sonoma State University, M.A. History 1969
Doc. Hum. Let. Lincoln Memorial University, 1976
Civil War Times Illustrated (editor)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Awards and honors
Jefferson Davis Award (3)
T. Harry Williams Memorial Award
Bell I. Wiley Prize
Fletcher Pratt Award
Phi Alpha Theta Award
Harry S. Truman Award
Short biography
William C. Davis is the recipient of three Jefferson Davis Awards as well as the T. Harry Williams Award, Bell I. Wiley Award, Fletcher Pratt Award, Phi Alpha Theta Award, and Harry S Truman Award. He lives in Pennsylvania, barely fifty miles form the battlefields of Gettysburg. [from The Cause Lost (1996)]



gdlemail | 1 other review | Oct 2, 2022 |
basement shelf to the top left of the office computer
Middle shelf
JRHFA | Nov 3, 2021 |
This book, I understand, is the first of a set of 10 compilations of CWTI reprints from 1962-1973. I was lucky enough to purchase them when they were first available sometime in the early '90s. They are a wonderful set of books. CWTI was probably the best of the magazines devoted to the ACW at the time. Each volume is hardbound, and with the exception of not using color (except for black and a few shades of blue) they're printed exactly as they originally appeared. Half of the fun is reading the ads: Visit the Gettysburg centennial reenactment staying at a bed and breakfast located in the city for 3 days including 2 meals a day for less than $100/person. Purchase a complete CW officers uniform (north or south) for around $20. First edition books, some of them classics now (Bruce Catton, anyone?) for $5-8 each new.

Best, though, are the articles written by some of the leading CW historians of the time. Being printed at the time of the centennial (at least the first 3 volumes, 1962-3, 1963-4, 1964-5) there's usually a special edition devoted to the major battles of a century before. Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga... an entire magazine covering various facets of the war: the battles, the maneuvering, the leaders, sometimes the political issues. Unfortunately what were beautiful colored maps originally are published here in black and blue, but they're very legible, readable and go along with the flow of the text.

Finances (school, new baby) stopped me buying after vol. 7; I was on here looking for 8-10 but vol. 1 seems to be the only issue available. Over the past 20-25 I've read, reread, referenced articles, made online comments about articles written 50 years ago... I really love these books and highly recommend them to any CW afficienado.
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dillhale | Jul 25, 2021 |
"Crucible of Command" isn't intended to be a complete history of the Civil War, and doesn't provide a detailed review of various battles, but instead is a comparative biography of Generals Lee and Grant. The book made me rethink what I knew, or thought I knew, about the two generals. Previously, I would have described General Grant as being somewhat of a minor military man, lucky to even be named a General much less overall commander of military forces; a heavy drinker if not a drunk; and someone whose military style was to send wave after wave of soldiers headlong into battle regardless of the numbers sacrificed. In contrast, I would have described General Lee as a brilliant leader and military strategist. I also had the belief that the Confederacy was fully committed to their cause, and that the men of the South were fully dedicated with nary a straggler or deserter among them.
William Davis' book changed a lot of my preconceptions about my earlier preconceptions, and about the conduct of the war itself. Because the book isn't really about the battles and chronology of the war, it made me realize that there was a lot I'd forgotten or just didn't know about the Civil War, and motivated me to read more. As a result, I just picked up one of Bruce Catton's books on the History of the Civil War, and am looking forward to refreshing my memory and learning more about this important part of our U.S. history.
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rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |



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