The Bookshelf

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 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 3/1/2017

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.

Published 2/22/2017

SCYTHES: This Will Make a Man of Me (2016)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

An idealistic and at times priggish young man, Howell complained about officers and enlisted men who swore, drank, and ignored the Sabbath...

Published 2/15/2017

PRYOR: Six Encounters with Lincoln (2017)

By: Matthew Norman Category: Book Reviews

Elizabeth Brown Pryor seeks to get at the real Abraham Lincoln by peeling away the layers of mythology and exposing a flesh and blood human being.