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Latest Posts

  • MASUR: Lincoln's Last Speech (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/29/2015 Author: John C. Rodrigue | 

    Masur has provided an engaging, accessible, and cogent overview of an endlessly fascinating, complicated, and important topic.

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  • SUDEROW & HOUSE: The Battle of Pilot Knob (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/22/2015 Author: Mark Lause | 

    The lovely Arcadia valley in Iron County, Missouri, provided the setting for some of the most dramatic fighting of the Civil War on September 26-27, 1864.

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  • RAFUSE (ed.): Corps Commanders in Blue (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/15/2015 Author: Zachery A. Fry | 

    Rafuse's team, a who's who of scholars on the Union Army, tackles the problem of corps leadership both east and west, from 1862 to 1864.

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  • An Interview with Brian Matthew Jordan

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 7/10/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Brian Matthew Jordan, a Lecturer at Gettysburg College and recent author of "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War," published by W.W. Norton. In this interview, Dr. Jordan discusses the experience of Union veterans as they navigated a post war society. In doing so, these veterans attempted to confront a war that did not see as finished and a northern...

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  • DRAKE (ed.): The Blue, the Gray, and the Green (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/8/2015 Author: Evan Kutzler  | 

    If Civil War historians want to discover how participants in the past perceived a war fought outdoors, it is past time to immerse Civil War history in nature.

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  • HAGLER: Georgia's Confederate Monuments (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/1/2015 Author: Jennifer M. Murray | 

    Gould Hagler, Jr., offers an encyclopedic volume covering approximately 140 monuments erected to honor Georgia's Confederate men and women.

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  • GALLMAN & GALLAGHER (eds.): Lens of War (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/24/2015 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    Editors J. Matthew Gallman and Gary Gallagher began with a simple equation: one photograph + one historian = one essay.

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The Bookshelf

Lincoln's Last Speech (2015)

Author: Louis P. Masur

Reviewed by: John C. Rodrigue

The Battle of Pilot Knob (2014)

Author: Bryce A. Suderow

Reviewed by: Mark Lause

Corps Commanders in Blue (2014)

Author: Ethan S. Rafuse

Reviewed by: Zachery A. Fry

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