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Latest Posts

  • KURTZ: Excommunicated from the Union (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/20/2016 Author: William S. Cossen | 

    This slim, well-written volume offers a straightforward argument that should move the historiographical debate in a number of subjects: from the role of religion in the war and the significance of ethnic identity among soldiers, to the place of Catholics in the wider American society...

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  • EGAN: The Immortal Irishman (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/20/2016 Author: Thomas J. Ryan | 

    Egan relates Meagher's steadfastness as commander of the Irish Brigade—steadfastness in the face of the mass slaughter of his men in battle after battle.

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  • BLUMENTHAL: A Self-Made Man (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/13/2016 Author: Robert O. Faith | 

    "Ultimately," Blumenthal argues, "Lincoln became the master of events because he was the master of politics."

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  • HODES: Mourning Lincoln (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/6/2016 Author: Bruce W. Eelman | 

    [D]eft use of personal papers, diaries, letters, and a host of other primary sources reveals how the president's death both unified and further divided the country in the wake of war...

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  • SHULTZ & MINGUS: The Second Day at Gettysburg (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/29/2016 Author: Thomas J. Ryan | 

    Shultz and Mingus have set a new standard for the July 2 action at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the critical engagements that took place toward the center of the line on Cemetery Ridge.

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  • ROSS: Free State of Jones (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/29/2016 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    ...one Lost Cause trope after another is shattered against the gritty counter-narrative of men and women who temporarily erased the color line in defiance of everything the architects of the Confederate Experiment hoped to achieve.

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  • HOOPER: Lincoln's Generals' Wives (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/22/2016 Author: Antoinette G. van Zelm | 

    Candice Shy Hooper explores how Jessie Benton Fremont, Mary Ellen March McClellan, Eleanor Ewing Sherman, and Julia Dent Grant motivated, guided, encouraged and occasionally clashed with their famous husbands during the Civil War.

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The Bookshelf

Excommunicated from the Union (2015)

Author: William Kurtz

Reviewed by: William S. Cossen

The Immortal Irishman (2016)

Author: Timothy Egan

Reviewed by: Thomas J. Ryan

A Self-Made Man (2016)

Author: Sidney Blumenthal

Reviewed by: Robert O. Faith

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