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  • An Interview with Graham DozierRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/26/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Graham Dozier, the Managing Editor of Publications at the Virginia Historical Society and recent editor of "A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter" now out with UNC Press. In this interview, Dozier introduces us to Thomas Carter providing a synopsis of his entire life with a special emphasis placed on Carter's military service as an artillerist...

  • LEIGH (ed.): Co. Aytch (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/24/2014 Author: David Schieffler | 

    Undergraduate Civil War instructors looking for a Civil War memoir that captures "the real war" with a grace and humor that even Mark Twain could appreciate would be wise to consider this new edition of Sam Watkins' classic.

  • BINNINGTON: Confederate Visions (2013)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/24/2014 Author: Paul Quigley | 

    Binnington's principal contribution is to draw our attention to the symbols from which Confederate nationalism was made....[This book] is bursting with valuable insights and possibilities for further study that will intrigue anyone interested in the American South's brief experiment in nation making.

  • JONES & SWORD (eds.): Gateway to the Confederacy (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/17/2014 Author: A. Wilson Greene | 

    Whether they address traditional controversies, explore neglected aspects of the campaigns, or delve with innovation into historiography and memory, these essays unfailingly present new material and challenge conventional wisdom.

  • RUBIN: Through the Heart of Dixie (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/17/2014 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert  | 

    Relatively few historians have examined the trek from Georgia to the Carolinas with a specific emphasis on social memory. This lack of attention is surprising when we consider, as Rubin correctly notes, how clearly the March reflected the broader war in miniature: the army, total war, larger than life commanders, violence on the homefront, and issues of emancipation all rolled into one saga.

  • MEIER: Nature's Civil War (2013)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/10/2014 Author: Kathleen Logothetis Thompson | 

    Battle, camp life, and long-term exposure each took their toll on soldiers and produced physical and mental ailments that threatened combat effectiveness.

  • HAMLER: Civil War Woodworking (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/10/2014 Author: Ralph Jordan | 

    In this well written, prolifically illustrated book, master carpenter and re-enactor A.J. Hamler presents detailed and easy to follow instructions for assembling fourteen unique projects that replicate Civil War furnishings.

  • KREYLING: A Late Encounter with the Civil War (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/3/2014 Author: Edward L. Ayers | 

    As the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War draws to a close, people are certain to reflect on the successes and failures of the last four years. We are fortunate that one of the first reflections comes from a leading literary scholar who brings fresh energy to topics that have become worn and familiar from frequent handling.

  • VENET: A Changing Wind (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 8/27/2014 Author: Brian P. Luskey | 

    Grounded in a variety of compelling primary sources...this book encourages us to focus on how the southern middle class, urban development, and the war influenced and shaped each other.

  • JENKINS: The Battle of Peach Tree Creek (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 8/27/2014 Author: Keith S. Bohannon | 

    The author's intimate familiarity with the terrain of the Peach Tree Creek battlefield allows him to note the exact positions of units down to the brigade and regimental levels...a significant contribution to understanding one of the major battles of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.

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