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“Henrico County Field of Honor”

Henrico County Field of Honor

A beautiful book set for your library or a special gift!

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A comprehensive, lavishly illustrated study of the Civil War
as it was experienced in Henrico County, Virginia.
Designed for professional and armchair historians alike.

  • 976 pages in two volumes
  • 747 illustrations, maps, paintings and other images
  • 295 battlefield and troop-movement maps, most of which are published for the first time in this book
  • 17 original paintings, including 15 commissioned specifically for Henrico County Field of Honor

About the Book

Book CoverHenrico County boasts a rich and varied history that began long before its founding in 1611. Perhaps no part of that history is so rich with significance as the period between 1861 and 1865.

Henrico’s citizens bore witness to more major battles during the Civil War than any Virginia locality. Battles fought in Henrico helped shape national events and modern military tactics for years to come.

Dr. Louis Manarin’s latest book, Henrico County Field of Honor, commissioned by Henrico County, chronicles every significant battle within the county’s borders. The result of years of meticulous and far-reaching research, the book relies on documents from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the U.S. Army’s historical records and personal papers preserved by descendants of the men and women who were there.

Much of what Dr. Manarin has uncovered is new, relying on accounts and documents not available when Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas Southall Freeman wrote his authoritative works on Robert E. Lee and his lieutenants. In the tradition of such modern historians as Steven Ambrose, Dr. Manarin’s latest work humanizes history by using “local events and local activity to help tell the whole story as much as possible.”

“Here is the sweeping story of the war fought in and around Henrico County… The Richmond-Henrico sector was the scene of dozens of military actions. All of them are covered painstakingly in these two volumes. Strategy, tactics, command leadership, and personal glimpses in-side the ranks provide a vivid you-are-there picture of Civil War maneuvering and fighting…Rich in detail, filled with illustrations and maps, this work is a tribute to another age,…and to the present-day Henrico County government for remembering the routes whence their citizens came through history.”

James I. Robertson, Jr.
Virginia Tech

“Computer generated mapping, enhanced with geographic positioning technology, has brought the study of the Civil War to an entirely new level. This technology was used to define the location of the many battlefields in Henrico County and aided in the creation of the numerous troop movement maps used in this book. Through the illustrating skills of Chuck Peple and Ernie Winters and the eight years of intense research and field trips to the battlefields by the author, these troop movement maps come alive to give a detailed interpretation of each battle. High praise should be given for the excellent use of maps, photos, illustrations and original artwork. These, combined with the superb writing of the renowned Dr. Louis Manarin, guarantee that this work will serve as a benchmark for the writing of local and Civil War history.”

Sam Craighead, Past President
Richmond Civil War Round Table

About the Author

Dr. Manarin
Dr. Louis H. Manarin, historian and former state archivist of the commonwealth, is the author, co-author and editor of some twelve books on Virginia and North Carolina history. He is a resident of Henrico County for over 35 years, and is the author of The History of Henrico County. Much of his published scholarly work is devoted to chronicling the rich Civil War history in and around Henrico County and the city of Richmond. As a student of the war, he compiled and edited The Wartime Papers of R.E. Lee. Dr. Manarin is married to the former JoAnn Matheny, and they have two grown children.


Hardcover: $30 each
Softcover: $15 each
(Additional fees for shipping.)

How to Order

This book is available for purchase at the Recreation and Parks Main Office. Payment options for purchases made in person include cash, check, money order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Books may also be purchased through the mail. Payment must be made by check or money order and additional fees will apply if shipping is required. Details and order form:  Field of Honor Order Form

For more information, call 501-7275 or email recandparks@henrico.us.


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Henrico, VA 23228

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Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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