Great Resources


Bonnell, John C. Jr.  Sabres in the Shenandoah: The 21st New York Cavalry, 1863-1866.  Shippensburg, PA:  Burd Street Press, 1996.  ISBN 1-57249-012-8.  Sabres is an excellent resource for anyone researching the 21st New York Cav.  Battles and troop movements are detailed throughout the book.  An appendix lists the current names for the Civil War-era places listed in the book.  Appendix D is a complete regimental roster.

Coddington, Ronald S.  Faces of the Civil War.  Baltimore, MD:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.  ISBN 0-8018-7876-4.  This is the first in a set of books by Ronald S. Coddington.  In it, Mr. Coddington highlights the lives of several Union soldiers.

Coddington, Ronald S. Faces of the Confederacy.  Baltimore, MD:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.  ISBN 0-8018-9019-5.  The second in the series by Ronald S. Coddington.  Some of the stories have happy endings, while others are tragic.  Every story is memorable.  Highly recommended.

Contant, George.  Path of Blood: The True Story of the 33rd New York Volunteers.  Savannah, NY:  Seeco Printing Services, 1996.  ISBN 0-9659177-0-3.  Another great regimental history which includes maps and soldier photographs.  A definite must-have for people interested in the 33rd New York.

Hess, Earl J.  The Union Soldier in Battle:  Enduring the Ordeal of Combat.  Lawrence, Kansas:  University Press of Kansas, 1997.  ISBN 0-7006-0837-0.  A fascinating look at the men who fought and how they coped with the horrors of the battlefield.  This is the only book of its type that I have found which provides an in-depth look at the range of emotions that soldiers felt as they headed into battle.  Highly recommended.

Phisterer, Frederick.  New York In The War Of The Rebellion, 1861-1865.  Whitefish, MT:  Kessinger Publishing, date unknown.  ISBN 1-43264-019-4.  Originally published in Albany, NY:  Weed, Parsons and Company, 1890.  Anyone researching the New York regiments during the Civil War should refer to this book.  The information contained within is invaluable.  Troop movements, engagements, casualty lists…they are all here.

Speer, Lonnie R.  Portals to Hell:  Military Prisons of the Civil War.  Mechanicsburg, PA:  Stackpole Books, 1997.  ISBN 0-8117-0334-7.


Lehr, Teresa K. and Philip G. Maples.  To Serve the Community: A Celebration of Rochester General Hospital 1847-1997.  Virginia Beach, Virginia:  The Donning Company Publishers, 1997.  ISBN:  1-57864-017-2.

An interesting look at the history of Rochester General Hospital, this book boasts numerous black & white and color photos throughout.  Biographies of various superintendents and other hospital staff members add flavor to an already interesting book.  The authors are quite familiar with the subject matter, as Ms. Lehr served as the Assistant Curator of the Baker-Cederberg Museum and Archives at Rochester General Hospital.  Mr. Maples is the former Archivist and Curator, and current Director Emeritus of the Museum and Archives.

Marcotte, Robert.  Where They Fell:  Stories of Rochester Area Soldiers in the Civil War.  Franklin, Virginia: Q Publishing LLC, 2002.  ISBN: 1-931169-02-0.

This is a well-written and researched book by Rochester author and historian Bob Marcotte.  It has numerous black and white and sepia-toned photos and includes a fantastic section at the back to assist researchers in finding their Civil War ancestors.  Highly recommended.  I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Marcotte in November, 2008 at a talk he gave at the Pittsford Library.  He graciously signed my copy of his book and discussed my Civil War project with me.  Look for his articles on Rochester history in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Spiegel, Paul M.  Pittsford Scrapbooks, Vols. 1-5.  Published in multiple years by Jostens Publications.

Paul M. Spiegel has put his heart into this collection of Pittsford Scrapbooks.  Each of the five books contains old photos from Pittsford’s history.  One of my favorite things to do is to take photos of Pittsford from the same views as in Mr. Spiegel’s books in order to see the changes that have occurred in Pittsford in the last 140 years.  The oldest photos date back to the 1870s.  Volume 5 has photos from as recent as the 1980s.  Highly recommended.  While the Pittsford Scrapbooks are out of print, Mr. Spiegel has a variety of other books about the history of Pittsford that are available at Historic Pittsford’s Little House located in the center of town.

2 Comments on “Great Resources”

  1. Herb Swingle Says:

    Vicki–John Wilkes Booth performed here in 1861.He got into a big arguement with his prostitute girlfriend,she became jealous and slashed his face with knife.Then they moved on to Albany where she slashed him again and stabbed herself trying to commit suicide.She lived,but no one knows what ever happened to Henrietta Irving.

  2. Herb Swingle Says:

    Vicki–One of the most interesting stories about JWBooth is when he was performing in Buffalo.While he was walking by a store window,he saw some Confederate relics in it,these came from local soliders.He then smashed the window.He was arrested and fined $50.I feel that this clearly shows his dislike towards the North and Lincoln early in his career of acting and espionage.

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