I've been lucky enough to have John Banks, blogger at John Banks' Civil War Blog, as a guest blogger. Reading John's writing is a treat. He intertwines historical documents to make a compelling narrative. You really feel that you have delved into the experience of a Civil War soldier.
That sense travels into John's book, Connecticut Yankees at Antietam. The book is written as a series of profiles. Short snapshots of soldiers in the 8th, 11th, 14th and 16th Connecticut bring the varying experiences of Civil War soldiers to life. Some endings are tragic; others simply sad. In any case, you are left with a deep understanding and respect for these men. If you have an ancestor in these regiments, it's worth a look.