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Sounding the Shallows: A Confederate Companion for the Maryland Campaign of 1862 (by Joseph L. Harsh): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Sounding the Shallows: A Confederate Companion for the Maryland Campaign of 1862, by Joseph L. Harsh, The Kent State University Press, Ohio, 2000, $18 (paper). Joseph L. Harsh, a history professor at George Mason University, recently published Taken at the …

Book Review: Dark Days of the Rebellion (Benjamin F. Booth and Steve Myer) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Dark Days of the Rebellion, by Benjamin F. Booth and Steve Myer, Myer Publishing, Garrison, Iowa, 1995, $24.95. From the time the Civil War ended until around the 1960s, most material written on the war had a definite slant, eitherpro-North …

Book Review: Chancellorsville: The Battle and its Aftermath (Gary W. Gallagher) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Chancellorsville: The Battle and its Aftermath, edited by Gary W. Gallagher, University of North CarolinaPress, Chapel Hill, N.C., $29.95. Mention the Battle of Chancellorsville to a group of Civil War buffs and a kaleidoscopic series of images will immediately flash …

Book Review: Dancing Along the Deadline (Ezra Hoyt Ripple) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Dancing Along the Deadline: the Andersonville Memoir of a Prisoner of the Confederacy, by Ezra Hoyt Ripple,edited by Mark Snell, Presidio Press, Novato, Calif., 1996, $19.95. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the Civil War knows that wartime …

Book Review: Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend (James I. Robertson) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
A magisterial new biography of Stonewall Jackson presents all sides of a complex, often inscrutable man. By Richard F. Welch At the time of his death in May 1863, Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was the best-known Civil War …

Book Review: Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself (By Jerome Loving) : ACW

Roy Morris, Jr. | Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Civil War saved Walt Whitman, and in turn he helped save thousands of Civil War soldiers.

Book Review: Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley (Larry J. Daniel and Lynn N. Bock) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley, by Larry J. Daniel and Lynn N. Bock, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, $24.95.Because it was sandwiched between the major battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh, historians have relegated the action …

Book Review: Raising Holy Hell (Bruce Olds) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Raising Holy Hell, by Bruce Olds, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995, $22.50. The story of John Brown is disturbing in a democracy. We comfort ourselves with the belief that, despite our differences, weare a humane and sensitive society …

Book Review: William Clarke Quantrill (Edward E. Leslie) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Devil Knows How to Ride:The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and his Confederate Raiders, by Edward E. Leslie Random House, New York, $30). By Richard F. Welch With the possible ex- ception of John S. Mosby, William Clarke …

Book Review: The Gettysburg Nobody Knows (edited by Gabor S. Boritt) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Gettysburg Nobody Knows, edited by Gabor S. Boritt, Oxford University Press, New York, $27.50.No battle in American history was more pivotal than Gettysburg. It is, without a doubt, the best-known engagement of the Civil War–and probably of all …

Book Review: With Courage and Delicacy: Civil War on the Peninsula: Women and the U.S. Sanitary Commission (By Nancy Scripture Garrison): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The women of the U.S. Sanitary Commission risked their own health to care for sick and wounded Union soldiers. By William J. Miller In June 1862, a mere half-morning's ride from the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, Union Major General …

Book Review: General John Buford (Edward Longacre) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
General John Buford, by Edward Longacre (Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pa., $24.95). Union Brigadier General John Buford had his one brief moment of glory at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863. After fighting in Virginia at the first and …

Book Review: Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne (Craig L. Symonds) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Irish-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne earned the high accolade, 'the Stonewall of the West.' By John Wilson From Shiloh to Franklin, on some of the worst battlefields of the Civil War, Irish-born Confederate General Patrick Cleburne could always be counted …

Book Review: Bentonville: The Final Battle of Sherman and Johnston (Nathaniel C. Hughes, Jr.) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Near the war's end, Confederate General Johnston struck one last, telling blow at Sherman's Union juggernaut. By B. Keith Toney By March 1865, both North and South realized that the long, bloody Civil War that had raged for four years …

Book Review: Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War ( Eric Mills) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War, by Eric Mills, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., $29.95."On January 9, 1861–the same Wednesday that Mississippi quit the United States–thirty U.S. Marines came up from the Washington Navy Yard and garrisoned Fort McHenry at …

Book Review: Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy (by Dennis J. Ringle) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy, by Dennis J. Ringle, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 1999, $33. This book is the first in-depth study of all aspects of a common sailor's life in the Union Navy during the Civil War. It …
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