American Civil War
A State-by-State Encyclopedia
by Dr. Spencer C. Tucker, Editor Paul G. Pierpaoli Jr., Associate Editor
March 2015, 1019pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-528-0
$208, £155, 174€, A298
eBook Available: 978-1-59884-529-7
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The western-most battle of the Civil War occurred in 1862 near Tucson, Arizona.

This two-volume encyclopedia offers a unique insight into the Civil War from a state and local perspective, showing how the American experience of the conflict varied significantly based on location.

Intended for general-interest readers and high school and college students, American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia serves as a unique ready reference that documents the important contributions of each individual state to the American Civil War and underscores the similarities and differences between the states, both in the North and the South.

Each state chapter leads off with an overview essay about that state’s involvement in the war and then presents entries on prominent population centers, manufacturing facilities, and military posts within each state; important battles or other notable events that occurred within that state during the war; and key individuals from each state, both civilian and military. The A–Z entries within each state chapter enable readers to understand how the specific contributions and political climate of states resulted in the very different situations each state found itself in throughout the war. The set also provides a detailed chronology that will help students place important events in proper order.


  • Presents coverage of all U.S. states and territories from 1861 to 1865 and addresses important cities, towns, military posts, and manufacturing centers
  • Enables readers to understand the tremendous influence of the Civil War on civilians as well as on military personnel directly involved with the conflict
  • Explains the critical roles played by manufacturing and agriculture in the events and outcome of the Civil War
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is the author or editor of 51 books and encyclopedias treating military and naval history, many of which have won prestigious awards. Tucker's last academic position before his retirement from university teaching was the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a U.S. Army captain and intelligence analyst in the Pentagon, and a visiting research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. His recently published works include ABC-CLIO's American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, which was Booklist's Outstanding Reference Work for 2013 and also won the Society of Military History Award for Best Reference Work in Military History that same year.


"Tucker, a prolific author of military history with nearly 50 titles to his credit, has his newest work take a unique approach to a well-covered era of U.S. history. . . . It is clearly intended for anyone seeking material specific to a particular region, making this resource most useful in academic libraries."—Booklist, July 8, 2015

"[A] unique ready reference that underscores differences and similarities often not appreciated by those employing the many Civil War reference works currently available in academic and public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates and general readers."—Choice, August 18, 2015
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