Blogs

Published 6/14/2017

LAUSE: Free Spirits (2016)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Historians still need to grapple with the intellectual, political, and religious disruptions that took place in the Civil War era....

Published 6/7/2017

CLEMENS (ed.): The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (2017)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Clemens' thoughtfully edited volume, enhanced by excellent maps, is an essential published primary source for anyone interested in the 1862 Maryland Campaign....

Published 5/31/2017

DOYLE (ed.): American Civil Wars (2017)

By: Claire Wolnisty Category: Book Reviews

...this commendable contribution to understandings of the transnational and global contexts of the U.S. Civil War encourages scholars, students, and general readers to research, inquire, and collaborate too.

Published 5/24/2017

LANDE: Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War (2016)

By: Bradford Pelletier Category: Book Reviews

Lande delivers a succinct, introductory volume on the emotional toll wrought by the Civil War on civilians and soldiers alike.

Published 5/17/2017

GRZYB: The Last Civil War Veterans (2016)

By: Jonathan S. Jones Category: Book Reviews

...readers seeking a concise history of the final Civil War veterans will enjoy this book.

Published 5/10/2017

STANLEY: The Loyal West (2016)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

Stanley's book is a perceptive study...provides an admirable model for future studies of regional identity in the Civil War era...

Published 5/10/2017

TRUDEAU: Lincoln's Greatest Journey (2016)

By: John McKee Barr Category: Book Reviews

....a delightful narrative of the president's sojourn with the Union army at City Point, Virginia, in the spring of 1865. Trudeau is a skilled writer and researcher...

Published 5/3/2017

FOOTE: The Yankee Plague (2016)

By: Adam H. Petty Category: Book Reviews

...makes for an important addition to the literature on Civil War prisoners and the collapse of the Confederacy. It integrates the individual stories of escaped prisoners with larger events...

Published 4/26/2017

MACKOWSKI: Grant's Last Battle (2015)

By: Aaron Scott Crawford Category: Book Reviews

Mackowski...has crafted a crisp narrative that captures the urgency of Grant's struggle to complete his work, and the public spectacle surrounding that struggle.

Published 4/19/2017

DAVIS: Inventing Loreta Velasquez (2016)

By: Evan Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Loreta Velasquez was a woman of mystery and secrecy....quite a cagey operator, her decisions were not always particularly wise.

Published 4/12/2017

ENGLE: Gathering to Save a Nation (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

Engle shows that governors were tendrils of the state and enabled Union victory....governors administered mobilization efforts, promoted Unionism, and acted as a bulwark for federalism.

Published 4/5/2017

BARR: A Civil War Captain and His Lady (2016)

By: Michael Johnson Category: Book Reviews

...an interesting glimpse into the wartime courtship between a soldier at war and a woman on the home front.

Published 3/29/2017

WHITE: Midnight in America (2017)

By: Lesley J. Gordon Category: Book Reviews

Jonathan White's new book claims that historians have overlooked the significance of sleep and dreams to Civil War era Americans.

Published 3/22/2017

SNEE: Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

By: Allen C. Guelzo Category: Book Reviews

Abraham Lincoln surely holds the record for presidential movie roles, having been inserted into more than 200 movies, television programs, and documentaries.

Published 3/15/2017

SNELL: My Gettysburg (2016)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

This book treats eclectic topics on America's most famous and most visited battlefield.

Published 3/8/2017

DAVIS: A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

By: Nick Sacco Category: Book Reviews

Davis's overarching thesis is that Sherman's successful movements toward Atlanta...were largely the fault of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's inept generalship.

Published 3/7/2017

Battle of the Ironclads

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

"For hours the conflict lasted. Sometimes so near were the vessels they appeared in contact, and again three miles apart; but all the while vomiting forth seeming destruction with frightful rapidity, looking, as a gentleman near me observed, like very ‘hell cats.’" So noted Roland Greene Mitchell, one of the spectators crowding the beach outside Fortress Monroe, Virginia, on March 9, 1862, to...

Published 3/1/2017

LaBARRE: The Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War (2016)

By: C. Wood Newhall Category: Book Reviews

Little work has been done on the black cavalries that served during the Civil War, and LaBarre's book is a useful and welcome contribution to that historiography.

Published 2/22/2017

SCYTHES: This Will Make a Man of Me (2016)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

An idealistic and at times priggish young man, Howell complained about officers and enlisted men who swore, drank, and ignored the Sabbath...

Published 2/15/2017

PRYOR: Six Encounters with Lincoln (2017)

By: Matthew Norman Category: Book Reviews

Elizabeth Brown Pryor seeks to get at the real Abraham Lincoln by peeling away the layers of mythology and exposing a flesh and blood human being.