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Published 6/15/2022

PURCELL: Spectacle of Grief (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Spectacle of Grief" by Sarah J. Purcell is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the paradoxes of American nationalism, either in the Civil War era or today.

Published 6/8/2022

HARDING: Gettysburg's Lost Love Story (2022)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Gettysburg's Lost Love Story" by Jeffrey J. Harding is told with verve and a keen eye for descriptive detail.

Published 6/1/2022

ELDER: Love & Duty (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Love & Duty" by Angela Esco Elder demonstrates that not all Confederate widows midwifed the Lost Cause.

Published 5/25/2022

STAHR: Salmon P. Chase (2022)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Salmon P. Chase" by Walter Stahr is an admirable treatment of an oft-forgotten nineteenth century politician.

Published 5/18/2022

REMSEN & UPP: Back From Battle (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Back From Battle" documents the valuable role that Pennsylvania's Camp Discharge played in the war's final months.

Published 5/11/2022

JONUSAS: Hell's Half-Acre (2022)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Susan Jonusas's "Hell's Half-Acre" spotlights the Benders as particularly monstrous actors on a stage covered in the blood of conquest and post-Civil War racial strife.

Published 5/4/2022

WALTERS: Harriet Tubman (2022)

By: Holly Pinheiro, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Harriet Tubman" Kerry Walters adds historical depth to the well-known abolitionist's life.

Published 4/27/2022

WHITE: To Address You as My Friend (2021)

By: Brian R. Dirck Category: Book Reviews

"To Address You as My Friend" assembles a wonderfully rich and fascinating mosaic of the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of African Americans during the Civil War.

Published 4/20/2022

GROELING: First Fallen (2021)

By: Kevin McPartland Category: Book Reviews

"First Fallen" is a welcome addition to the literature that casts its gaze on the North and the men who rallied to the United States flag in 1861.

Published 4/13/2022

PETERS (ed.): Our Comfort in Dying (2021)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

In "Our Comfort in Dying," Jonathan W. Peters brings together significant works by a Virginian who was notable not only as one of those who “rode with Stonewall,” but also as a major spiritual and intellectual thinker in the Civil War South.