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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.