Civil War Stories: Tales of Everyday Soldiers and Civilians, Volume 1 - Greg M. Romaneck. Between 1861 and 1865 the United States was divided by a bloody conflict that claimed over 630,000 lives. During those terrible years Americans killed one another, burned cities to the ground, and marched across the land as if they were a pestilential cloud of locust. That conflagration has come down through the years to be known as the American Civil War. Yet, despite the fact that thousands of books and articles have been written about the people, places, and things that made up the Civil War, it remains all too easy to forget that its participants were everyday people. Civil War Stories is a two-volume social history that narrows the focus onto the lives of these everyday soldiers and civilians. Each chapter tells the story of an individual or a topic in the pantheon of Civil War history that impacted the lives of common soldiers or civilians. Readers of this work will meet refugees, slaves, infantryman longing to return home, and the cost of America's bloodiest war. Written by a researcher who has published numerous articles and books on the Civil War, and who spent twelve years engaged in living history events of that era in America's past, Civil War Stories offers a unique, up close and personal look at perhaps the most influential portion of the American saga. 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 316 pp.