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 7/26/2017

FILIPOWSKI & HARRINGTON: The Boy Soldier (2016)

By: Nick Sacco Category: Book Reviews

...a sympathetic portrait of one soldier's Civil War experience that is readable and educational...worth reading by experts and beginnings alike.

Published 7/19/2017

KASTENBERG: A Confederate in Congress (2016)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

In the weeks following the chaos of two major Confederate surrenders...military authorities arrested Benjamin Gwinn Harris, a Democrat congressman from Maryland, for committing treason.

Published 7/12/2017

ADAMS & HUDSON (eds.): Democracy and the American Civil War (2016)

By: Christopher H. Hayashida-Knight Category: Book Reviews

...the volume engages new perspectives suggestive of important critiques to well-established conventions.

Published 7/5/2017

JOHANSSON (ed.): Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier (2016)

By: Bradley R. Clampitt Category: Book Reviews

Johansson's fine book is an excellent source for scholars interested in guerrilla warfare, mixed-race units, federal military policy toward southern civilians, and the Trans-Mississippi Theater in general.

Published 6/28/2017

MACKOWSKI: Hell Itself (2016)

By: Michael Burns Category: Book Reviews

...the reader truly gets a sense of the horror that resulted from fighting in such close confines.

Published 6/28/2017

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 6/21/2017

RASBACH: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign (2016)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

...a skillfully argued, thoroughly researched examination of a critical episode in a Civil War hero's military career.

Published 6/14/2017

LAUSE: Free Spirits (2016)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Historians still need to grapple with the intellectual, political, and religious disruptions that took place in the Civil War era....

Published 6/7/2017

CLEMENS (ed.): The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (2017)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Clemens' thoughtfully edited volume, enhanced by excellent maps, is an essential published primary source for anyone interested in the 1862 Maryland Campaign....

Published 5/31/2017

DOYLE (ed.): American Civil Wars (2017)

By: Claire Wolnisty Category: Book Reviews

...this commendable contribution to understandings of the transnational and global contexts of the U.S. Civil War encourages scholars, students, and general readers to research, inquire, and collaborate too.