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Published 8/14/2019

SILKENAT: Raising the White Flag (2019)

By: Eric Michael Burke Category: Book Reviews

If surrender never quite 'defined' the war, this book makes clear that it unquestionably suffused it.

Published 8/12/2019

The B&A Q&A: Kevin M. Levin

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: The Bookshelf

In his latest book, "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth" (to be published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press), Boston-based historian and educator Kevin M. Levin tackles the enduring

Published 8/7/2019

BIERLE: Call Out the Cadets (2019)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Bierle never loses sight of the fact that the battle did not occur in some remote hinterland, but rather in a larger community.

Published 7/31/2019

ELDER: That Bloody Hill (2017)

By: William Lee White Category: Book Reviews

Chickamauga was a grim first outing for the Alabamians.

Published 7/24/2019

REIDY: Illusions of Emancipation (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Reidy does not see a single point, a single event, or a single historical figure as responsible for emancipation.

Published 7/17/2019

WHITE: Let Us Die Like Men (2019)

By: Thomas Mack Category: Book Reviews

Unable to compel Sherman to attack, Hood trundled west into Alabama and changed his objective.

Published 7/10/2019

TSOURAS: Major General George H. Sharpe and the Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

The author shows how a superior general staff...helped wrest the initiative away from Lee's army as the war in the Eastern Theater dragged on.

Published 7/3/2019

BROOMALL: Private Confederacies (2019)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

[S]tands at the edge of a field of historical inquiry that is sure to gain greater currency among historians...

Published 6/26/2019

SEIPLE: Louisa on the Front Lines (2019)

By: Paige Gibbons Backus Category: Book Reviews

Much like Alcott's work, Seiple's narrative leaps off the page.

Published 6/19/2019

SAINLAUDE: France and the American Civil War (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...a marvelous book that contains fascinating analysis about French diplomacy...demonstrates how historians have too long made France into a junior partner of Great Britain.