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For Section II,
The Antebellum Army

For Section III,
Civil War & Reconstruction

For Section IV,
An Army for the Nation

For Section V,
America in the Great War

Biographies & Memoirs

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Ballard, Michael P. Pemberton: A Biography. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1991.

Bradley, Omar N., and Clay Blair. A General’s Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.

Bradley, Omar N. A Soldier’s Story. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1951.

Carpenter, John A. Sword and Olive Branch: Oliver Otis Howard. New York: Fordham University Press, 1999.

Clayton, James. The Years of MacArthur. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970–1975.

Coffman, Edward M. The Hilt of the Sword: The Career of Peyton C. March. Madison and London: University of Wisconsin Press, 1966.

Crook, George. General George Crook: His Autobiography. Ed. Martin F. Schmitt. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1946.

Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. “Boots and Saddles”; or, Life in Dakota with General Custer [1885]. Ed. Jane R. Stewart. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967. Reprint New York: Harper & Brothers, 1885.

———. Following the Guidon [1890]. Ed. Jane R. Stewart. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.

———. Tenting on the Plains: General Custer in Kansas and Texas [1887]. Ed. Jane R. Stewart. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971.

Custer, George Armstrong. My Life on the Plains; or, Personal Experiences with Indians [1874]. Ed. Edgar I. Stewart. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.

Davis, Benjamin O., Jr. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American: An Autobiography. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Dew, Charles B. Ironmaker to the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1966.

Eppinga, Jane. Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point’s First Black Graduate. Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 1996.

Falk, Stanley L. “Soldier-Technologist: Major Alfred Mordecai and the Beginning of Science in the United States Army.” Ph.D, dissertation, History, Georgetown University, 1958.

Flipper, Henry Ossian. The Colored Cadet at West Point: Autobiography of Lieut. Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S.A., First Graduate of Color from the U.S. Military Academy [1878]. Reprint : New York and London: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1968.

Flipper, Henry Ossian. Negro Frontiersman: The Western Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper. Ed. Theodore D. Harris. El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1963.

Frost, Lawrence A. General Custer’s Libbie. Seattle: Superior, 1976.

Goldhurst, Richard. John J. Pershing: The Classic American Soldier. New York: Reader’s Digest Press, distributed Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977.

Gorgas, Josiah. The Journals of Josiah Gorgas, 1857–1878. Ed. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1995.

Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant [1885–1886]. Ed. Mary D. McFeely and William S. McFeely. New York: Library of America, 1990.

Leckie, Shirley A. Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth. Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.

Lewis, Lloyd. Sherman: Fighting Prophet. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1932.

Lockmiller, David A. Enoch H. Crowder: Soldier, Lawyer, Statesman. Columbia: University of Missouri Studies, 1955.

MacArthur, Douglas. Reminiscences. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

McFeely, William S. Grant: A Biography. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1984.

March, Peyton C. The Nation at War. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1932.

Merrill, James M. William Tecumseh Sherman. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1971.

Nolan, Alan T. Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Pershing, John J. My Experiences in the World War. 2 vols. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1931.

Post, Charles Johnson. The Little War of Private Post: The Spanish-American War Seen Up Close. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960.

Roe, Frances M. A. Army Letters from an Officer’s Wife [1909]. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1981.

Scott, Hugh L. Some Memories of a Soldier. New York: Appleton-Century, 1928.

Sears, Stephen W. George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1988.

Sherman, William T. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman: Written by Himself [1875]. Ed. Charles Royster: New York: Library of America, 1990.

Smith, Gene. Until the Last Trumpet Sounds: The Life of General of the Armies John J. Pershing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

Sorley, Lewis. Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Thomas, Emory M. Robert E. Lee: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995.

Utley, Robert M. Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Military Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988.

Vandiver, Frank E. Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1977.

Vandiver, Frank E. Mighty Stonewall. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1957.

Vandiver, Frank E. Ploughshares into Swords: Josiah Gorgas and Confederate Ordnance. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1952.

Wallace, Ernest. Ranald S. Mackenzie on the Texas Frontier. Lubbock: West Texas Museum Association, 1964

Ward, James A. That Man Haupt: A Biography of Herman Haupt. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973.

Williams, T. Harry. P. G. T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1954.

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