• CONLIN: One Nation Divided by Slavery (2015)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/27/2016 Author: Kristen Epps | 

    This well-written, timely monograph enriches our understanding of the sectional conflict, the fluctuating nature of nationalism, and slavery's role in the memory of the American Revolution.

  • KURTZ: Excommunicated from the Union (2015)Read More

    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...

  • EGAN: The Immortal Irishman (2016)Read More

    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.

  • BLUMENTHAL: A Self-Made Man (2016)Read More

    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."

  • HODES: Mourning Lincoln (2015)Read More

    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...

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

    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.

  • ROSS: Free State of Jones (2016)Read More

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

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

    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.

  • PHILLIPS: The Rivers Ran Backward (2016)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/15/2016 Author: James G. Kopaczewski | 

    By focusing on the Middle Border, Phillips expands our understandings of the West and forces historians to reconsider the North-South sectional binary.

  • Extra Voices: SouvenirsRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 6/9/2016 Author:  | 

    In the Voices section of our spring 2016 issue, we highlighted first-person quotes about the quest for battlefield souvenirs. Here are some that didn't make the cut.

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