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Published 6/15/2016

PHILLIPS: The Rivers Ran Backward (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

By focusing on the Middle Border, Phillips expands our understandings of the West and forces historians to reconsider the North-South sectional binary.

Published 6/8/2016

PANHORST: The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park (2015)

By: John D. Fowler Category: Book Reviews

By the end of the 1920s, the park was covered in statues, busts, and reliefs of Vicksburg's Confederate defenders and Union conquerors, all lining a circuitous route around the massive earthworks...

Published 6/1/2016

MEDFORD: Lincoln and Emancipation (2015)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

Scholars will find...a useful synthesis with interesting vignettes involving a wide cast of characters, but this concise book will prove particularly effective in undergraduate courses.

Published 5/25/2016

HUBBARD (ed.): Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership (2015)

By: Robert O. Faith Category: Book Reviews

Is there anything new to be written about Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the law during his careers as lawyer and president?

Published 5/18/2016

WILSON: Private John S. Mosby, First Virginia Cavalry (2015)

By: Robert Grandchamp Category: Book Reviews

Before he rode to glory at the head of his Rangers, John S. Mosby was a lowly private in the First Virginia Cavalry, serving in northern Virginia...

Published 5/11/2016

NOYALAS: Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah (2015)

By: Kelly Mielke Category: Book Reviews

The extent of conflict in the Shenandoah Valley and its role as a thoroughfare between the Union and Confederacy makes the region a particularly interesting place to study post-war reconciliation.

Published 5/4/2016

PERO: Gettysburg 1863 (2015)

By: Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Category: Book Reviews

As a source of unvarnished primary information on the battle from the hearts and minds of those who were there, this is an exceptional addition to the vast historiography of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Published 4/27/2016

CROFTS: Lincoln & the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

Despite the thousands of books written about Lincoln...scholars have virtually ignored the original thirteenth amendment fight and Lincoln's role in it...Crofts fills this void with his compelling book...

Published 4/20/2016

IZECKSOHN: Slavery and War in the Americas (2014)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Historians have called, at least twice, for comparison of the Civil War with the War of the Triple Alliance....no historian has subjected the two wars to a sustained comparison until Vitor Izecksohn...

Published 4/13/2016

LOWRY: Galvanized Virginians in the Indian Wars (2015)

By: Angela M. Riotto Category: Book Reviews

Lowry's book inspires an important conversation about loyalty, cowardice, and suffering...