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Latest Posts

  • ALEXANDER: Dawn of Victory (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 2/3/2016 Author: Kelly Mielke | 

    ...provides an engaging look at the Union breakthrough at Petersburg that casual buffs and more serious readers alike can enjoy.

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  • What are the biggest myths surrounding the battle of Cold Harbor?

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/29/2016 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    We talk with Mike Gorman, an historian and park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park about the many myths surrounding Cold Harbor. Did 3,000 men really die in one hour? Was Grant really a butcher? Learn more about Mike's work and RNBP at the following sites:

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  • THOMPSON: The National Joker (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/27/2016 Author: Chris Mackowski | 

    Abraham Lincoln's facility with words allowed him to craft some of American literature's loftiest rhetoric; it also allowed him to connect to the most homespun of backcountry constituents.

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  • MILLER: Empty Sleeves (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/20/2016 Author: Sarah Handley-Cousins | 

    Miller has crafted a beautifully written and extensively researched book on a topic we must give greater attention: the bodily ramifications of the Civil War.

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  • BEILEIN & HULBERT (eds.): The Civil War Guerrilla (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/13/2016 Author: Brian D. McKnight | 

    This anthology is the first book from both Hulbert and Beilein, and the field eagerly awaits their future works.

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  • CHICK: The Battle of Petersburg (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/6/2016 Author: A. Wilson Greene | 

    The combat east of Petersburg, Virginia, between June 15 and 18, 1864, "shows two titanic commanders of war, Grant and Lee, at their absolute worst."

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  • LEWIS: For Slavery and Union (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 12/30/2015 Author: Tommy Brown | 

    Ben Buckner was the embodiment of what it meant to be a proslavery unionist who joined the Union cause....

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The Bookshelf

Dawn of Victory (2015)

Author: Edward S. Alexander

Reviewed by: Kelly Mielke

The National Joker (2015)

Author: Todd Nathan Thompson

Reviewed by: Chris Mackowski

Empty Sleeves (2015)

Author: Brian Craig Miller

Reviewed by: Sarah Handley-Cousins


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