Research Books

This is not complete listing of all the books I’ve used for research, as that would be a very long list indeed, and I’ve (unfortunately) forgotten the names of many I read for my earlier books.

Instead, this is a list of books I’ve either found particularly useful and/or particularly interesting, even if I did not end up using much from that book, or else these still reside on my bookshelves.

General Knowledge.

  • American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms.
  • The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War.


An Uncivilized Yankee.

Unfortunately, I long ago purged most of the books I owned on this subject, and I was very bad about keeping notes on where I got my information. I’ve gotten much better now. This is what I have left.

  • Jeb Stuart. John W. Thomason.
  • Field Surgeon at Gettysburg. Clyde B. Kernek, M.D.
  • The Language of the Civil War. John D. Wright.
  • Forward to Richmond.
  • The Horse Soldier.

A Great Wide Nowhere and Farewell and Goodbye.

Since these two stories are very closely connected, many of the books I read are the same.

  • Wolves for the Blue Coats: Indian Scouts and Auxiliaries with the United States Army, 1866-90. Thomas W. Dunlay.
  • The View from Officers’ Row: Army Perceptions of Western Indians. Sherry L. Smith.
  • Life and Manners in the Frontier Army. Oliver Knight.
  • From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry. Theophilus F. Rodenbough.
  • Forts of the American Frontier 1820-91: Central and Northern Plains. Ron Field.
  • US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865-91. Clayton K.S. Chun
  • Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay. Don Rickey, Jr.
  • Nothing Like It in the World. Stephen E. Ambrose.
  • Glittering Misery: Dependents of the Indian Fighting Army. Patricia Y. Stallard.
  • Class and Race in the Frontier Army. Kevin Adams.
  • Army Wives on the American Frontier. Anne Bruner Eales.
  • Indians, Infants and Infantry: Andrew and Elizabeth Burt on the Frontier. Merrill J. Mattes.
  • The Horse Soldier.
  • Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891. Robert M. Utley.
  • Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone. George Black.

The Slow Trail Home:

  • Crossing Rio Pecos

Many Waters:

  • Isaac’s Storm. Eric Larson.
  • The Storm of the Century. Al Roker. Rather derivative (he used Isaac’s Storm as a source), but it does focus on different individuals than Larson’s and the viewpoint of a meteorologist is helpful. Did find some small factual errors, but for the most part a good source.