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American Civil War: Confederate Army (History of Uniforms) [Paperback]

Ron Field , Richard Hook
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30 Mar 1998 History of Uniforms
This is a state-by-state analysis of the uniforms issued to Confederate troops in the American Civil War, from manufacture to supply, for South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's (UK) Ltd; New edition edition (30 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185753218X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857532180
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Field was born in Hertford, England in 1943 and was educated in Cheltenham, where he gained a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. He was Head of History at The Cotswold School at Bourton-on-the-Water until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982-83. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain from 1983 through 1992, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, D.C., in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, The John Hay Library, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a contributing editor of Military Images, a magazine devoted to the photographic history of the U.S. soldier and sailor in the 19th century. A prolific author, Ron is an internationally acknowledged expert on U.S. military history.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The book itself, by Ron Field, is an attractive A4 sized paperback of an accessible yet comprehensive size and content for those with an interest in the subject without extensive expertise. Each chapter deals with the various regiments (infantry, cavalry and artillery) within the Southern states and covers their issued uniforms from 1861 to 1865 as well as some of the widely seen personal or unit variations. The pages are festooned with early photographic portraits of the men who fought in the Confederate Army posing in their chosen uniform and gear. All good so far.
However, and this is a massive ommission in my opinion, there are only 4 colour plates in the entire 144 page volume. The plates themselves, by Richard Hook, are very nice and are of the quality you'd expect from this celebrated military artist; there's just not nearly enough of them. When dealing with uniforms, very often a written description simply does not cut it and a posed black and white photo is next to useless for anyone except the most avid fashion historian. An author or publisher who wants to challenge Osprey's stranglehold on accessible and attractive military histories really does need to put a little more thought into what a customer is looking for. Would it have killed Brassey's to have colour plates for each state along with some examples of regimental flags?
For my money (and unfortunately it was) the buyer should really only buy this if they have checked its contents thoroughly first, or are Brassey fans. Checking the contents is something I usually do, should have done and will do in future; assuming that a history of uniforms was going to include plenty of colour pictures is perhaps understandable, though. I bought the book to help me with painting miniatures and it's wholly unsuitable ... I'll stick to Osprey in future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars analysis of the rebel Army 7 Oct 2000
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written by a noted authority on the subject (Ron Field) and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 colour and black and white photographs as well as artwork commissioned from leading military artists. This books is an essential reference source for everyone with an interest in military history, as well as collectors, re-enactors, wargamers and military modellers. This is an essential book for all with an interest in the Confederate Army of 1861-1865. It is a thorough analysis of the rebel Army at this time of the national crisis with chapters detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry and artillery,There are also chapters on the many colourful militia regiments raised to swell the Southern Army, including Zouaves.
In these volume of Brassey's History of Uniforms, Confederate uniforms are examined in terms of style, quality and color. What emerges is a fascinating glimpse at both governments' "make do" efforts, ranging from the exotic to the hilarious.
The description of the Confederate uniforms is arranged by state, detailing uniform variations and how each state met the challenge of clothing its soldiers,uniforms issuance from initial local supply through to state quarter master manufacture for South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland.
EX;Mississippi, for instance, was virtually destitute of cloth supplies by February 1861. But the state took over the textile industry and had its prisoners work making uniforms.
I would like to recomend American Civil War: Union Army by the same author Robin Smith and also a great book by another authority William C. Davis his book Fighting Men of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars analysis of the rebel Army 7 Oct 2000
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is written by a noted authority on the subject (Ron Field) and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 colour and black and white photographs as well as artwork commissioned from leading military artists. This books is an essential reference source for everyone with an interest in military history, as well as collectors, re-enactors, wargamers and military modellers. This is an essential book for all with an interest in the Confederate Army of 1861-1865. It is a thorough analysis of the rebel Army at this time of the national crisis with chapters detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry and artillery,There are also chapters on the many colourful militia regiments raised to swell the Southern Army, including Zouaves.
In these volume of Brassey's History of Uniforms, Confederate uniforms are examined in terms of style, quality and color. What emerges is a fascinating glimpse at both governments' "make do" efforts, ranging from the exotic to the hilarious.
The description of the Confederate uniforms is arranged by state, detailing uniform variations and how each state met the challenge of clothing its soldiers,uniforms issuance from initial local supply through to state quarter master manufacture for South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland.
EX;Mississippi, for instance, was virtually destitute of cloth supplies by February 1861. But the state took over the textile industry and had its prisoners work making uniforms.
I would like to recomend American Civil War: Union Army by the same author Robin Smith and also a great book by another authority William C. Davis his book Fighting Men of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees)
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative 14 Jun 2006
By Michael N. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellant source of information on the uniforms of Confederate soldiers of the civil war.

A must have for anyone interested in the subject. Well researched. Well written and very well illustrated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brassey's History of Confederate Uniforms 3 April 2004
By KENNETH R. SCOTT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Best ever on this subject.Excellent service and delivery!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2014
By Willam L. Ewbank - Published on Amazon.com
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