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Published 7/6/2016

HODES: Mourning Lincoln (2015)

By: Bruce W. Eelman Category: Book Reviews

[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...

Published 6/29/2016

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

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

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.

Published 6/29/2016

ROSS: Free State of Jones (2016)

By: Matthew C. Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

...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.

Published 6/22/2016

HOOPER: Lincoln's Generals' Wives (2016)

By: Antoinette G. van Zelm Category: Book Reviews

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.

Published 6/15/2016

PHILLIPS: The Rivers Ran Backward (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

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

Published 6/10/2016

Sketches of War

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

“One of the first things that strikes you about his sketches is their wonderful clearness of idea. You feel that they are drawn by a ready and skillful hand; one who thoroughly understands himself and his art…. His conception is clear, sharp, and distinct in his mind before he puts pencil to paper. He knows the grouping of every figure, the expression of every face. If he wants a tree in a...

Published 6/9/2016

Extra Voices: Souvenirs

By: Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

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.

Published 6/8/2016

PANHORST: The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park (2015)

By: John D. Fowler Category: Book Reviews

By the end of the 1920s, the park was covered in statues, busts, and reliefs of Vicksburg's Confederate defenders and Union conquerors, all lining a circuitous route around the massive earthworks...

Published 6/1/2016

MEDFORD: Lincoln and Emancipation (2015)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

Scholars will find...a useful synthesis with interesting vignettes involving a wide cast of characters, but this concise book will prove particularly effective in undergraduate courses.

Published 5/25/2016

HUBBARD (ed.): Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership (2015)

By: Robert O. Faith Category: Book Reviews

Is there anything new to be written about Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the law during his careers as lawyer and president?