I'm a fan of Civil War history as well. You should check out this book, McPherson's (Great Historian) Jefferson Davis: As Commander and Chief, a very good account of the Confederate President. He was a fascinating man, was an officer during the US-Mexico War, became a Member of the House of Representatives, then became The Secretary of War, then of course became an advocate for Southern rights and eventually succession. But what I find interesting is Davis as a man, he was married for three months before his wife passed of malaria, he was also known as an obsessive and untrusting of others. He never got on well with State Governors or other officals, he was just as vilified among Confederate factions as he was in the North. A fascinating man, and I believe wrongly discreditied as a terribel leader by contemporary historians.Reading a book about american Civil War. Nothing reall new but very interesting to read a book not written by an american on it. It gives a new perspective on figures like, Lee, Grant, Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, JEB Stuart, Sherman and others. Some of these figures have been iconized for a century or more so interesting to read a book by someone who was not raised in that tradition.