The Blue & Gray Almanac

The Civil War in Facts and Figures, Recipes and Slang

Albert Nofi

A fascinating and entertaining anthology about the American Civil War, throwing new light on all aspects of the war, and how it affected America and Americans, then and down to the present.
Publication date:
November 2017
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Casemate Publishers
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• Accessible but fascinating approach to the Civil War which can be read in one sitting or dipped into
• Ever wondered how many people actually died in the war? Which army had a higher rate of VD? Which Confederate generals were most criticised after the war? These and many other questions are answered
• Includes engaging anecdotes that bring to life the reality of life in Civil War America, and lists of quick facts including notable Civil War weddings and dry, overweight and profane generals

Albert Nofi tells the story of the American War through a range of insightful essays, anecdotes, and facts. Did you know...

• During the final days of the war some Richmond citizens were wont to throw "Starvation Parties,” at which elegantly attired guests would gather at soirees where the finest silver and crystal table ware was used, though there were usually no refreshments save water.

• Union Rear-Admiral Goldsborough was nicknamed "Old Guts”, not so much for his combativeness as for his heft, weighing about 300 pounds, and was described as ". . . a huge mass of inert matter.”

• 30.6 percent of the 425 Confederate generals, but only 21.6 percent of the 583 Union generals, had been lawyers before the war.

• In 1861, J. P. Morgan made a huge profit by buying 5,000 condemned US Army carbines and selling them back to another arsenal, taking the Army to court when they tried to refuse to pay for the faulty weapons.

• Major General Loring was reputed to have so rich a vocabulary than one of the men once remarked he could "curse a cannon up hill without horses."

• Many militia units had a favourite drink, the Charleston Light Dragoons' punch took around a week to make while the Chatham Artillery required 1 pound of green tea leaves be steeped overnight.

• There were five living former presidents when the Civil War began, and seven veterans of the war (plus one draft dodger) went on to serve as President.


A couple of hours with this text will be enough to convince a newcomer that this is a hugely rich theme to pursue, and it is recommended." - Winner of the 'Miniature Wargames Recommends' award for May 2018.
Miniature Wargames - John Drewienkiewicz

Almanacs are usually great fun, and this one is a cool way to learn about the American Civil War, and a unique opportunity to have a number of fantastic facts about it at your fingertips. Brilliant!
Books Monthly

Listed in Military History Monthly's round up of the best military history titles for April 2018.
Military History Matters (Reviewer)

It'll certainly appeal to anyone who wants a rather quirky look at some unusual aspects of the American Civil War. 4 stars.
Army Rumour Service