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  • WOOD: Near Andersonville (2010)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 10/19/2011 Author: Robert Bonner | 

    Peter Wood’s incisive new book asks us to set aside imagery of battles and soldiers, and even “Honest Abe,” so that we might visualize the world captured by the painter Winslow Homer in his long-forgotten masterpiece “Near Andersonville.”

  • MARTEN: Sing Not War (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 10/12/2011 Author: Brian M. Jordan | 

    More so than any previous historian, Marten sheds light on several important questions: how did veterans live, and how were they perceived by society? Sing Not War has given admirable shape and definition to an anemic subfield of Civil War history, and as such it is a welcome addition to the literature. Future studies of the war’s consequences must contend with the important questions that James ...

  • MCCURRY: Confederate Reckoning (2010)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 10/12/2011 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Confederate Reckoning’s sharp narrative and fresh analysis of the odds faced by slaveholders in the Confederacy and their contributions to its internal collapse is both timely and justified as historians try to reassess key issues of race and gender, such as the roles of southern women and slaves, in relation to the war. McCurry has opened the door for future scholarship and has further cemented...

  • BERRY (ed.): Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 10/5/2011 Author: W. Fitzhugh Brundage | 

    The essays themselves explore nooks and crevices of Civil War history that are always interesting, sometimes poignant, and often revelatory. Berry’s introduction is especially cogent about the thread that runs through the collection: the “littleness” of the war. Almost certainly this view of the conflict is rooted in the experience of contemporary Americans with war. We have a half century of...

  • GOODHEART: 1861: The Civil War Awakening (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/28/2011 Author: A. Wilson Greene | 

    Adam Goodheart’s much heralded 1861: The Civil War Awakening is an eloquent, innovative, and deeply researched collection of chapter-length vignettes that surveys a variety of events at the outset of our national bloodletting...

  • GALLAGHER: The Union War (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/28/2011 Author: Nicole Etcheson | 

    Ken Burns’s Civil War series made famous Rhode Island soldier Elisha Hunt Rhodes’s phrase, “All for the Union.” Gary W. Gallagher agrees with Rhodes. Gallagher emphasizes that, for northerners, the war was one for Union. Although he welcomes the flood of literature that has emphasized the importance of race, slavery, and emancipation to the Civil War, Gallagher believes that this focus has...

  • A few words on The BookshelfRead More

    Category: The Bookshelf Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    Greetings and welcome to the official digital headquarters of book reviews for The Civil War Monitor. In much the same way that printed editions of the Monitor will attempt to bridge the unfortunate chasm that still divides many professional scholars from broader historical audiences, this space, harnessing the infinite reach of the Internet, will attempt to charge that goal head on...

  • BERTERA & CRAWFORD: The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War (2010)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Kevin Krause | 

    Since the turn towards social and cultural history in the 1960s and 1970s, many academic institutions have relegated military history to the virtual back burner of “serious” scholarly endeavors. Military histories have, however, remained popular with general readers, and have recently regained scholarly credibility within academia. One reason for this has been a shift of focus from strategies...

  • WARSCHAUER: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Peter C. Luebke | 

    The Civil War Centennial saw the publication of histories of state participation in the Civil War. Now, with the approach of the sesquicentennial, it appears as if a new batch of histories building upon the last 50 years of scholarship is on the way. Matthew Warshauer's Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival serves as a model of what a state-level survey of the ...

The Bookshelf

The Yankee Plague (2016)

Author: Lorien Foote

Reviewed by: Adam H. Petty

Inventing Loreta Velasquez (2016)

Author: William C. Davis

Reviewed by: Evan Rothera

Gathering to Save a Nation (2016)

Author: Stephen Engle

Reviewed by: James G. Kopaczewski

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