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Published 11/29/2023

SILBER: Twelve Days (2023)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Tony Silber's "Twelve Days" is a deeply researched, propulsive narrative of Washington, D.C., in April 1861.

Published 11/22/2023

GOODEN: The Governor's Pawns (2023)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

In "The Governor's Pawns," Randall Gooden opens a new perspective on the formation and early years of war-torn West Virginia.

Published 11/15/2023

WHITE: Shipwrecked (2023)

By: J. Matthew Ward Category: Book Reviews

Jonathan W. White offers an enthralling and deeply researched account of the astonishing career of Appleton Oaksmith, a Civil War era sea captain, slaver, and politician.

Published 11/8/2023

BRUNDAGE (ed.): A New History of the American South (2023)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Fitzhugh Brundage's "A New History of the American South" delivers a sweeping synthesis and historiographical review of southern history.

Published 11/1/2023

STRALEY: A Constant Reminder to All (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

How did a state born of Unionist loyalties come to revere one of Lee's lieutenants?

Published 10/25/2023

HESS: July 22 (2023)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"July 22" is a carefully crafted battle narrative written by Earl Hess, one of the Civil War's most talented chroniclers.

Published 10/18/2023

HIPPENSTEEL: Sand, Science, and the Civil War (2023)

By: Jeremy Knoll Category: Book Reviews

In "Sand, Science, and the Civil War," Scott Hippensteel addresses the geological factors that shaped virtually every facet of the conflict.

Published 10/11/2023

SHEA: Union General (2023)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

William L. Shea's "Union General" is a sympathetic biography of an important U.S. general whose embrace of emancipation earned him enemies.

Published 10/4/2023

WILSON: The Southern Way of Life (2023)

By: Corey J. Markum Category: Book Reviews

Charles Reagan Wilson pours a career's worth of research, observation, and expertise into "The Southern Way of Life."

Published 9/27/2023

FREDETTE: Heartsick and Astonished (2023)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Fredette's "Heartsick and Astonished" contains important insights into the home lives of ordinary individuals caught up in one of the nation's most extraordinary moments.