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  • An Interview with Peter Carmichael (2015)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/23/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Peter Carmichael, the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. In this interview, Dr. Carmichael touches on some of the events and speakers at this year's 2015 Civil War Institute in June. In addition, he also addresses some of the recent controversy over the state of Civil War military history. To read more on the Gettysburg Compiler, visit http:/...

  • SUMMERS: The Ordeal of the Reunion (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/21/2015 Author: Allen C. Guelzo | 

    Summers has produced a compelling and forcefully-drawn overview of Reconstruction. [He] is not blind to Reconstruction's failures, but he is kinder to them than the Marxists without lapsing into the fevered distaste of the Dunning school.

  • An Interview with Barton MyersRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/16/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Dr. Barton Myers, an Assistant Professor of history at Washington and Lee University and the author of "Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina's Unionists." In this interview, Dr. Myers discusses the reasoning behind his selection of North Carolina for the study, the promises and perils of source material when examining Unionists in the South, and irregular violence...

  • MURRAY: On a Great Battlefield (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/14/2015 Author: Joan M. Zenzen | 

    [T]he history of Gettysburg National Military Park shines through as a telling example of why visitors need to pay heed to a park's preservation history, not just its military battles.

  • An Interview with Don DoyleRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/9/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Don Doyle, the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the recent author of "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War," published by Basic Books. In this interview, Dr. Doyle discusses the power of "public diplomacy" in Europe and Latin America during the American Civil War and the power wielded by Giuseppe ...

  • GWYNNE: Rebel Yell (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/7/2015 Author: A. Wilson Greene | 

    Stonewall Jackson emerges as the aggressive, quirky, beloved officer that we have come to know from most previous biographies.

  • RAFUSE: Manassas (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 1/7/2015 Author: Timothy J. Orr | 

    The book's format is a model of perfection. Directions are clear and precise, the orientation is understandable, and the narrative and analysis sections are accessible, illuminating, and cleverly written.

  • WARSHAUER (ed.): Inside Connecticut and the Civil War (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 12/31/2014 Author: Allison Jordan | 

    The project of a handful of talented graduate students at Central Connecticut State University, [this book] touches upon topics ranging from the state's little-known role in financing the war to its early efforts at commemoration; from the crucial war ships sailing south out of Mystic Seaport to the psychological trauma of the battlefield that followed veterans home to the Nutmeg State.

  • WILLIAMS: Prudence Crandall's Legacy (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 12/31/2014 Author: Jill Ogline Titus | 

    Seemingly geared toward general readers, the book's vivid depiction of the violence and hostility that greeted calls for immediate emancipation (particularly the mob violence in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia) should effectively challenge too-rosy popular notions of the antebellum north as "friendly territory" for antislavery advocates.

  • DAVIS: Music Along the Rapidan (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 12/24/2014 Author: Kathryn Shively Meier | 

    Without hearing the music of soldiers, nearby civilians, and the interplay between the two, scholars miss an important locus of community and insight into the transformation from citizen to soldier...it takes a well-researched monograph like Davis' to convince Civil War historians that we really should be listening to our subjects as well as reading them.

The Bookshelf

The Ordeal of the Reunion (2014)

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

On a Great Battlefield (2014)

Author: Jennifer M. Murray

Reviewed by: Joan M. Zenzen

Rebel Yell (2014)

Author: S.C. Gwynne

Reviewed by: A. Wilson Greene

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Robert Poister
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The Bookshelf

The Ordeal of the Reunion (2014)

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

On a Great Battlefield (2014)

Author: Jennifer M. Murray

Reviewed by: Joan M. Zenzen

Rebel Yell (2014)

Author: S.C. Gwynne

Reviewed by: A. Wilson Greene

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