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One of the most valuable assets in your Civil War collection will be your reference library. You can never have too many reference books. The following is just a small sample of the many reference books that are available. You can find these and other Civil War Titles at any of the Fine Civil War Book Dealers who advertise on this site.

Accoutrement Plates

  1. Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795-1874 by Sydney C. Kerksis 1974.
  2. American Military Belt Plates by Michael J. O'Donnell and J. Duncan Campbell 1996.
  3. Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates Vols I & II by Steve E. Mullinax 1991.
  4. Confederate General Service Plates by Lon W. Keim, M.D. 1987.
  5. Civil War Belt Buckles by Will Gavin.

Artillery

  1. Civil War Projectiles II - Small Arms & Field Artillery by W. Reid McKee and M.E Mason Jr. 1980.
  2. Guide to Civil War Artillery Projectiles by Jack W. Melton and Lawrence E. Pawl 1994.
  3. Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War by Davis and George
  4. Cannons - An Introduction to Civil War Artillery by Dean Thomas

Bayonets

  1. American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards by Robert M. Reilly 1990.

Bottles/Glass/Pottery

  1. The Collectors Guide to Civil War Period Bottles and Jars (With Prices) by Michael Russell

Bullets

  1. Civil War Projectiles II - Small Arms & Field Artillery by W. Reid Mckee and M.E Mason Jr. 1980.
  2. Civil War Bullets & Cartridges by Dean Thomas
  3. Ready...Aim…Fire! (bullets used at Gettysburg) by Dean Thomas
  4. Round Ball to Rimfire: by Dean Thomas
  5. A Brief History of Bullet Moulds by Codeman Parkerson
  6. Cartridge Manual: An Illustrated Digest by W.A. Bartlett & D. B. Gallatin

Buttons

  1. Record of American Uniform and Historical Uniform Buttons by Alphaeus H. Albert 1976.
  2. Civil War Collector's Guide to Albert's Button Book by Daniel J. Binder1993.
  3. Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865 by Warren K. Tice 1997.
  4. American Military Button Makers and Dealers; Their Backmarks and Dates by William F. McGuinn and Bruce S. Bazelton 1996.
  5. Guides to Button Prices and Detecting Fake or Repro Buttons by Warren Tice

Camp Gear

  1. Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia - Vols I & II by Francis Lord.

Canteens

  1. Civil War Canteens by Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell 1983.

Cavalry Equipment

  1. The Horse Soldier (four volumes) Vol II by Randy Steffen 1978.
  2. Historic American Spurs by Howard R. Crouch 1998.

Edged Weapons

  1. The American Sword 1775-1945 by Harold L. Peterson 1996.
  2. American Swords and Sword Makers Vols I & II by Richard H. Bezdek.
  3. Historic American Swords by Howard R. Crouch 1999.
  4. American Swords from the Philip Medicus Collection by Norm Flayderman and Stuart C. Mowbray 1998.
  5. American Swords and Makers Marks by Clegg Donald Furr 1999.
  6. The Ames Sword Company 1829-1935 by John D. Hamilton 1994.
  7. Collector's Guide to Ames U.S Contract Military Edged Weapons 1831-1906 by Ron G. Hickox 1992.
  8. Confederate Edged Weapons by William A. Albaugh III 1993.
  9. A Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords by William A. Albaugh III 1963.
  10. Handbook of Confederate Swords by William A. Albaugh III and Richard D. Steuart.
  11. American Knives-The First History and Collector's Guide by Harold L. Peterson 1993.
  12. Civil War Knives by Marc Newman 1998.

Firearms

  1. Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms by Norm Flayderman.
  2. Civil War Guns by William B. Edwards 1997.
  3. Civil War Firearms by Joseph G. Bilby 1996.
  4. Civil War Pistols by John D. McAulay 1992.
  5. The Rifled Musket by Claud E. Fuller 1958.
  6. Spencer Repeating Firearms by Roy M. Marcot 1995.
  7. Civil War Carbines Vol. II by John D. McAulay 1991.
  8. A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers by R. Bruce McDowell 1997.
  9. Colt Rifles and Muskets from 1847-1870 by Herbert G. Houze 1996.
  10. Confederate Handguns by William A. Albaugh III, Hugh Benet Jr., and Edward Simmons 1993.
  11. The Original Confederate Colt by William A. Albaugh III and Richart D. Steuart 1953.
  12. Confederate Arms by William A. Albaugh III and Edward N. Simmons 1957.
  13. Firearms from Europe (used during the Civil War) by Noe, Yantz and Whisker
  14. Gun Powder Cans and Kegs by Tom Rowe & Ted and David Bacyk

Flags and Guidons

  1. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and Confederacy (two volumes) by Time-Life Books.

Identification Pins and Discs

  1. Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia by Francis Lord.
  2. For Identification Discs there is a book by Stan Phillips

Insignia

  1. American Military Insignia by J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell 1963.
  2. Encyclopedia Of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms by William K. Emerson 1996.

India Rubber/Gutta Percha

  1. India-Rubber and Gutta-Percha In the Civil War Era by Mike Woshner

Knapsacks and Haversacks

  1. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and Confederacy (two volumes) by Time-Life Books.

Leather Goods

  1. Civil War Cartridge Boxes of the Union Infantryman by Paul D. Johnson 1998.
  2. American Military Belts and Related Equipments by R. Stephen Dorsey 1988.
  3. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and Confederacy (two volumes) by Time-Life Books.

Medical Items

  1. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and Confederacy (two volumes) by Time-Life Books.
  2. Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment (Vols 1 & 2) by Dr. Gordon Dammann 1983 & 1988.

Miscellaneous

  1. American Military Equipage 1851-1872 Vols I-III by Frederick P. Todd 1983.
  2. Directory of American Military Goods Dealers and Makers 1785-1915 by Bruce S. Bazelton and William F. McGuinn 1990.
  3. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and Confederacy (two volumes) by Time Life Books.
  4. Schuyler, Hartley and Graham - Illustrated Catalog of Civil War Military Goods by Dover Publications 1985.
  5. Horstmanns: The Enterprise of Military Equipage by Bruce S. Brazelton 1997.
  6. Memorabilia of the Civil War by William C. Davis 1991.
  7. Virginia Militaria pf the Civil War Vol I by Howard R. Crouch.
  8. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Civil War Collectibles by Chuck Lawliss 1997.
  9. Fighting Men of the Civil War by William C. Davis 1989.
  10. Collector's Guide to Clay Tobacco Pipes by Michael Russell

Monthly Periodicals

  1. North South Trader's Civil War P.O Drawer 631, Orange, Va 22960 540-672-4845.
  2. Civil War Times 6405 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112 717-657-9555.
  3. Blue & Gray Magazine P.O Box 28685, Columbus, Ohio 43228 614-870-1861.
  4. Civil War News 234 Monarch Hill Road, Tunbridge, Vt 05077 800-777-1862.

Musical Items

  1. A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands by Robert Garafalo and Mark Elrod 1985.

Paper

  1. Confederate Bonds by Douglas B. Ball, PH.D 1998
  2. Confederate Paper Money by Grover C. Criswell 1996
  3. The Catalog of Civil War Patriotic Covers by William R. Weiss, Jr.
  4. Confederate Patriotic Covers and their usages by Benjamin Wishnietski
  5. Confederate States Paper Money by Arlie R. Slabaugh

Photographs/Images

  1. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs by O. Henry Mace 1990.
  2. The Faces of Gettysburg edited by Joanna M. McDonald 1997.
  3. Confederate Faces by Albert A. Albaugh III 1993
  4. More Confederate Faces by Albert A. Albaugh III 1993
  5. Still More Confederate Faces by D.A Serrano 1992
  6. Introduction To Civil War Photography by Dean Thomas
  7. Devil's Den: A History and Guide by Garry E. Adelman and Timothy N. Smith
  8. Gettysburg A Journey in Time by William A. Frassanito
  9. Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man Mathew B. Brady by Roy Meredith
  10. Early Photography at Gettyburg by William A. Frassanito
  11. Lincoln - A Pictoral History by Edward Steers, Jr.
  12. Russell's Civil War Photographs by Andrew J. Russell

Political Items

  1. Political Buttons Book III 1789-1916 by Theodore L. Hake 1978.
  2. Collecting Lincoln with Values by Stuart Schneider 1997.

Relics

  1. Civil War Artifacts-A Guide for the Historian by Howard R. Crouch 1995.
  2. The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics by Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell 1996.
  3. Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns 1861-1865 by Charles S. Harris 1995
  4. Excavated Artifacts and Relics from camps and battlefields of the American Civil War by Stan Phillips

Uniforms and Headgear

  1. Echoes of Glory Series Arms and Equipment of the Union and the Confederacy (two volumes) by Time-Life Books.
  2. Combat Uniforms of the Civil War by Mark Lloyd 1995.
  3. Brassey's History of Uniforms-American Civil War Union Army by Robin Smith 1996.
  4. Civil War Uniform-A Photo Guide by Philip Katzher 1996.
  5. U.S Military Headgear 1770-1880 by Waverly P. Lewis.

Veteran's Items

  1. Membership and National Encampment Badges of the Grand Army of the Republic 1866-1949 by Kenneth R. Johnson and Jeffrey B. Floyd 1997.
  2. Civil War Veterans Organizations, Reunions and Badges by Turner E. Kirkland 1991
  3. Badges and Ribbons of the Confederate Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans by Lynn J. Shaw 1989.
  4. Organized Camps of the United Confederate Veterans by George G. Kane 1997.

Another excellent source that will aid you in identifying items are dealer catalogs. Subscriptions are very inexpensive, some are in color and most are mailed monthly. Check with any of the dealers who advertise on this site. Many, if not all have catalogs or price lists.

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