Who Was Who in the Civil War
This is a great resource. At a glance, it looks like (and maybe it is) a coffee table book, but that appearance shouldn't fool you. Nearly every personality from the Civil War is covered in this book, with photographs or paintings of many of them. The biographies are not limited to birth and death dates, but include the individual's participation in the War, and many entries "editorialize" a bit to give some perspective on the person's personality, reputation, and overall impact on the War. THere are more than a few typographical errors in the text (misspellings, etc.), but these don't detract from the book's value. As with a good book of Civil War maps, this resource can both make for good browsing, and be an indispensable supplement to your Civil War reading.