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The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 1/5/2022

FOOTE: Rites of Retaliation (2021)

By: Burrus M. Carnahan Category: Book Reviews

"Rites of Retaliation" by Lorien Foote is an excellent study, written in a clear and graceful style.

Published 12/29/2021

RHEA: Stephen A. Swails (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

In "Stephen A. Swails," Gordon C. Rhea captures the triumph and the tragedy of the Civil War era.

Published 12/22/2021

GUELZO: Robert E. Lee (2021)

By: A. Wilson Greene Category: Book Reviews

In "Robert E. Lee," Allen C. Guelzo writes with an eloquence unsurpassed by Civil War-era historians.

Published 12/15/2021

SIMIONE, SCHMIEL, & SCHNEIDER: Searching for Irvin McDowell (2021)

By: Frank Jastrzembski Category: Book Reviews

"Searching for Irvin McDowell" tells the general's story despite a dearth of primary source material.

Published 12/8/2021

PATCHAN (ed.): Worthy of a Higher Rank (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"Worthy of a Higher Rank," edited by Scott C. Patchan, illuminates the the life, military service, perspectives, and sacrifices of Colonel Joseph Thoburn.

Published 12/1/2021

PROCKO: Rebel Correspondent (2021)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

"Rebel Correspondent" by Steve Procko offers glimpses into a Confederate cavalryman's experience in the Western Theater.

Published 11/24/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma (2021)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an informative, lively, and thought-provoking discussion of one of the Civil War's most pivotal seasons.

Published 11/17/2021

SWARTZ: Passing Through the Fire (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

In "Passing Through the Fire," Brian Swartz reaches beyond the Chamberlain mythology.

Published 11/10/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Gettysburg (2021)

By: Summer Perritt Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an engaging and diverse set of works exploring the Battle of Gettysburg.

Published 11/3/2021

HEBERT: Cornerstone of the Confederacy (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

The contents of the Cornerstone Speech are well known, but in "Cornerstone of the Confederacy," they take on new life and meaning.