- Has anyone read the following books and if so what did you think of them? thanksrayRichard Beringer, et al. The Elements of Confederate Defeat: Nationalism, War Aims and Religion.Drew Faust. Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War.William Freehling. The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War.Gary Gallagher. The Confederate War.Samuel Horst. Mennonites in the Confederacy: A Study in Civil War Pacifism.Donald Mathews. Religion in the Old South.Randall Miller, et al. Religion and the American Civil War.J.C. Romero. Religion in the Rebel Ranks.James Silver. Confederate Morale and Church Propaganda.