Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

TSHA’s Handbook of Civil War Texas

Posted in Media, Technology by Andy Hall on April 17, 2011

Regular commenter Dick Stanley, who blogs at the 13th Mississippi Infantry and Knoxville 1863, the Novel, points to a new resource available from the Texas State Historical Association, the online Handbook of Civil War Texas. It’s not a separate website, but rather an index to Civil War-related material already covered in the Handbook of Texas, which has for many years been a standard reference for anyone with a serious interest in Texas history. The Handbook began as an actual two-volume handbook, published in 1952; a supplementary volume was released in 1976. The New Handbook of Texas appeared in 1996 — six large volumes of around 1,200 pages each, and at several hundred dollars not a practical purchase for many — but the following year the TSHA began putting the Handbook online, opening up a valuable resource to all.

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  1. David Woodbury said, on April 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Thanks for highlighting this resource. The Handbook of Texas Online is a masterpiece — one of those things you can get aimlessly lost in for hours.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Agree entirely. I managed to purchase a set of the six-volume edition — like a month before they announced it would be going online. The good news is that, for two weeks after Ike, with no power (and no Internet), those big books proved a nice way to spend the afternoons.

  2. Margaret D. Blough said, on April 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    However, I love the line about United States troops never managing to invade and occupy the interior of Texas. When did they so much as TRY to do it?

    • Andy Hall said, on April 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      The most notable occasion was at Sabine Pass. That, or moving in by way of the Red River in the NE part of the state. These operations were small compared to those in other theaters, but then so were the CS forces available to oppose them. Texas did, for the most part, avoid much large-scale fighting on home turf.


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