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Book Reviews - May 2013

Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:10 am
Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers, Casemate 2012, $32.95 The 12 months covered in this book—June 1862 to June 1863—arguably marked Jeb Stuart's zenith as the Army …

Book Reviews - March 2013

Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm
To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 D. Scott Hartwig Johns Hopkins University Press 2012, $49.95 For nearly three decades, Stephen W. Sears' Land­­scape Turned Red has been the gold standard among books about the September 1862 Maryland …

Book Reviews - January 2013

Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Hood's Texas Brigade in the Civil War Edward B. Williams McFarland & Co. 2012, $45 The last men in the ragged gray line to emerge from the chilly morning mists and stack arms one final time were from Texas. They …

Book Reviews - November 2012

Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm
War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson University of North Carolina Press, 2012, $36 James M. McPherson, perhaps the greatest historian of the Civil War, continues to find aspects of the conflict that …

Book Reviews - September 2012

Published: July 02, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga by Jack Hurst

Book Reviews - July 2012

Published: May 09, 2012 at 4:40 pm
The Global Lincoln by Richard Carwardine, Jay Sexton, eds. Oxford University Press 2011, $29.95 At the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth in 2009, a new area of Lincoln studies emerged: his legacy outside the United States after the Civil War …

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Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:45 am
American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, by David W. Blight, Belknap Press , 2011, $27.95 Just before his death in 1870, Robert E. Lee wrote in a letter to a former aide, Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, …

Reviews

Published: January 12, 2012 at 11:10 am
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz (Henry Holt, 2011, $29) Tony Horwitz is one of today's keenest commentators on the American character. In Midnight Rising, he turns his intuitive eye …

Putting the Wolverine State's heroics under the microscope

George Skoch | Published: August 30, 2011 at 11:53 am
Two new books celebrate, in mostly commendable fashion, Michigan's contributions to the Civil War. Rick Liblong's Answering the Call to Duty: Saving Custer, Heroism at Gettysburg, POWs and Other Stories of Michigan's Small Town Soldiers in the Civil War (Arbutus …

Shifting loyalties

Gordon Berg | Published: July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am
Historynet ImageJudkin Browning's new book examines the Union occupation of eastern North Carolina The residents of New Bern, N.C., awoke on the morning of March 14, 1862, to what sounded like thunder rolling up the Neuse River. It was …

A Sesquicentennial three-pack

Jon Guttman | Published: May 20, 2011 at 10:25 am
Stunning photos dominate these coffee table tomes The Civil War sesquicentennial has spawned a new—and not-so-new—wave of literature designed to introduce a new generation to the nation's seminal conflict. Among the first such books are three profusely illustrated volumes that …

Confederate Alamo

Ethan S. Rafuse | Published: September 08, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Remembering the Confederates' last stand at Petersburg: The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg's Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865 by John J. Fox III Angle Valley Press, 2010, $34.95 Although it typically doesn't attract the attention it merits, April 2, …

J.B. Magruder finally gets a second look

Robert K. Krick | Published: February 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm
John Bankhead Magruder: A Military Reappraisal It would be hard to imagine a more vivid biographical sub­ject than John Bank­head Magruder. The colorful, emotional and controversial Con­fed­er­ate general, a notable figure during the Army of Northern Virginia's 1862 defense of …

Book Review: Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the Civil War (James M. McPherson) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the Civil War, by James M. McPherson, Oxford University Press, New York,1996, $25. There are some books that you feel you ought to read, and there are other books that you can enjoy reading. …

Book Review: Gunfire Around the Gulf: The Last Major Naval Campaign of the Civil War (by Jack D. Coombe) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Gunfire Around the Gulf: The Last Major Naval Campaign of the Civil War, by Jack D. Coombe, Bantam Books, New York, 1999, $23.95. In most published accounts, the history of the Civil War is the history of massive land armies …

Book Review: To the North Anna River (By Gordon C. Rhea): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
New books tackle the 1864 Virginia bloodletting, Walt Whitman and campaigns in the Confederate heartland. By Donald C. Pfanz On May 4, 1864, the Union Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River in northern Virginia, inaugurating what may have …
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