The Civil War for Canucks

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The Civil War for Canucks

#1 Postby HawaiiSteveO » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:33 am

Deadlands has reminded me I've been wanting to learn more about the war.
As a Canuck we didn't really cover this in school, or if we did I don't recall that much.
Can anyone recommend an accessible book to start me off?

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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#2 Postby The Stray » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:23 pm

here are some links to peruse:

http://www.shmoop.com/civil-war/
http://www.accessiblevirginia.org/civil ... armore.htm
http://www.accessible-archives.com/coll ... civil-war/

You can, of course, find tons of detail, but that should help get you started.

The movie Gettysburg is a good, accessible look at the battle of Gettysburg, covering both the North and the South.

If you want to know the most about how the Civil War played out in the Deadlands world, Tales o' Terror: The 1877 Update goes into the specifics of what happened to keep the Civil War going.
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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#3 Postby GregAlso » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:35 pm

The old tv mini series North and South (1985–1985) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088583/ is another easy way to get a quick(if 15 episodes is quick) sense of the Civil War in video form, especially if you've had no exposure to the history before.

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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#4 Postby Ian » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:53 am

The 3 volume series by Shelby Foote is an excellent read but not cheap.
The documentary series by Ken Burns is also excellent.

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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#5 Postby HawaiiSteveO » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:15 pm

The Stray wrote:here are some links to peruse:

http://www.shmoop.com/civil-war/
http://www.accessiblevirginia.org/civil ... armore.htm
http://www.accessible-archives.com/coll ... civil-war/

You can, of course, find tons of detail, but that should help get you started.

The movie Gettysburg is a good, accessible look at the battle of Gettysburg, covering both the North and the South.

If you want to know the most about how the Civil War played out in the Deadlands world, Tales o' Terror: The 1877 Update goes into the specifics of what happened to keep the Civil War going.


Great stuff, thanks! I had no idea . . . I see why this is a hobby for some people, fascinating stuff.

Picked up the book Team of Rivals too, interesting so far.

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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#6 Postby Harlath » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:05 am

"Battle Cry of Freedom" was well reviewed when it came out (1988), and at least then was regarded as the best single-volume history of the Civil War (and the lead up). I'm not a specialist in American history, but presumably the study of history has moved on a bit since then and new records have been uncovered, but this is a great starting point. Clearly written and fairly orthodox history - you're not getting some kook's view of the period.

I highly recommend it.

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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#7 Postby SeeleyOne » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:40 pm

Has anyone ran a campaign, or at least an adventure or two, that took place during the Civil War?
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Re: The Civil War for Canucks

#8 Postby The Stray » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:07 pm

Technically, every adventure pre-1879 took place in the Deadlands version of the Civil War, since it lasted much, much longer in the Deadlands-verse than in real life. The Great Rail Wars also had a heavy theme of troop-based combat (since it was a tabletop war game, that's to be expected) that lent itself well to Civil War battles. Dead Presidents, Back East: The North, and Back East: The South all had a strong focus on the ongoing war, though I don't remember a lot of other adventures that did (since the Weird West was pretty far from most of the fighting)
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