The Civil War: Strange and Fascinating Facts by Burke Davis, has been out for a while, first published in 1960. But of course, the Civil War has been done for a while too.
It is a compilation of unique and interesting facts about the war, collected into chapters of similar information. Want to know about the spies of the war? You got it. New technologies, like submarines, machine guns, mines, grenades and hot air balloons? Yep. Want to know about the money that was minted by the Confederacy? Families that were split on both sides of the conflict – there’s a chapter on that too. There is much, much more among the pages as well.
Some of the stories I had heard before, but many were brand new to me. They were interesting and well researched. They add in a touch of humor along with the sadness that goes along with war.