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The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 3/16/2016

MESCH: Teacher of Civil War Generals (2015)

By: Robert Grandchamp Category: Book Reviews

Smith was a brave and brilliant tactician who earned brevets in Mexico and displayed great courage in his action at Fort Donelson.

Published 3/9/2016

CANAVAN: Lincoln's Final Hours (2015)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

Rather than offering the usual, minute-by-minute movements of Booth and his fellow conspirators before and after the assassination, Canavan offers the reader a different story....

Published 3/2/2016

CHAMBERS: No God But Gain (2015)

By: Thomas H. Cox Category: Book Reviews

Capitalism and slavery were not only compatible but presented a dynamic, thriving alternative to free labor that would not be eradicated until Union victory in the Civil War.

Published 2/24/2016

SILVERMAN: Lincoln and the Immigrant (2015)

By: Alison Clark Efford Category: Book Reviews

Beginning during Lincoln's congressional term in the late 1840s and stretching through the Civil War, immigration was a live issue closely related to his hallmark concerns.

Published 2/17/2016

ENGLE (ed.): The War Worth Fighting (2015)

By: Krista Kinslow Category: Book Reviews

Focused on the ways in which Lincoln actively shaped events both at home and abroad, the collection covers a wide spectrum of topics...

Published 2/10/2016

DOWNS & MASUR (eds.): The World the Civil War Made (2015)

By: Andrew F. Lang Category: Book Reviews

This volume will radically change how historians approach the post-Civil War period.

Published 2/3/2016

ALEXANDER: Dawn of Victory (2015)

By: Kelly Mielke Category: Book Reviews

...provides an engaging look at the Union breakthrough at Petersburg that casual buffs and more serious readers alike can enjoy.

Published 1/27/2016

THOMPSON: The National Joker (2015)

By: Chris Mackowski Category: Book Reviews

Abraham Lincoln's facility with words allowed him to craft some of American literature's loftiest rhetoric; it also allowed him to connect to the most homespun of backcountry constituents.

Published 1/20/2016

MILLER: Empty Sleeves (2015)

By: Sarah Handley-Cousins Category: Book Reviews

Miller has crafted a beautifully written and extensively researched book on a topic we must give greater attention: the bodily ramifications of the Civil War.

Published 1/13/2016

BEILEIN & HULBERT (eds.): The Civil War Guerrilla (2015)

By: Brian D. McKnight Category: Book Reviews

This anthology is the first book from both Hulbert and Beilein, and the field eagerly awaits their future works.