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Book: Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President (Ari Hoogenboom): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: WARRIOR AND PRESIDENTIn the wake of the Northern victory in the Civil War, a nearly unbroken succession of bearded Republican war heroes enteredthe White House for the next three decades on the strength of their military …

Book Review: Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Drew Gilpin Faust) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, $29.95.The Civil War caused severe upheavals in the lives of millions of Americans. After four …

Stuart's Tarheels: James B. Gordon and His North Carolina Cavalry (Chris J. Hartley) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Stuart's Tarheels: James B. Gordon and His North Carolina Cavalry, by Chris J. Hartley, Butternut and Blue Press, Baltimore, Md., $35.The image that immediately leaps to mind when someone says "Civil War cavalryman" is that of a dashing young …

Book Review: General John Pope: A Life for the Union (By Peter Cozzens): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
A new biography presents a fresh picture of General John Pope, and Robert Sneden's pictures are presented. By Brooks D. Simpson If, as historian T. Harry Williams once put it, George B. McClellan was the "problem child" of the Civil …

Book Review: Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All (By Stephen D. Engle's) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Distant and authoritarian, Union general Don Carlos Buell lacked the common touch needed for effective command. By Cowan Brew West Point-educated Don Carlos Buell should have been one of the Union's greatest Civil War generals. A spit-and-polish Regular soldier, a …

Book Review: Confederates in the Attic : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz, Pantheon Books, New York, 1998, $27.50. The Civil War looms large in the minds of Americans. Diverse groups have immersed themselves in the literature and regalia of the war. In Confederates in the …

The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861 (Stephen B. Oates) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861, by Stephen B. Oates, HarperCollins, New York, 1997, $28. The vast pantheon of Civil War literature is graced with titles focusing on the underlying causes of America's bloodiest conflict. Politics and economics, …

Book Review: Theodore O'Hara: Poet Soldier of the Old South : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Theodore O'Hara: Poet Soldier of the Old South, by Nathan Cheairs Hughes, Jr., and Thomas Clayton Ware, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 1998, $32. Few American poets are as widely quoted yet as little known as Kentucky-born Confederate soldier Theodore …

Book Review: James Longstreet: The Man, the Soldier, the Controversy : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
James Longstreet: The Man, the Soldier, the Controversy, edited by R.L. DiNardo and Albert A. Nofi, Combined Publishing, Conshohocken, Pa., 1998, $27.95. When former Confederate general James Longstreet died in 1904, there was no great outpouring of grief throughout the …

Book Review: This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place (by Mark Bradley) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Book Review: This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place, by Mark Bradley, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2000, $34.95. Jefferson Davis and his caravan of cabinet and family members escaped the fall of Richmond and fled through …

Book Review: An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman 153rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, 1862­1864 (edited by Lauren Cook Burgess) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman 153rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, 1862­1864, edited by Lauren Cook Burgess, Oxford University Press, New York, $9.95.During the Civil War years of 1861­65, countless letters were mailed home …

Book Review: Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign (by Terrence J. Winschel) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, by Terrence J. Winschel, Savas Publishing Co., Mason City, Iowa, 1999, $24.95. July 4, 1863, was known throughout the North as the "Glorious Fourth." On that day Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia …

Book Review: The Confederate War (Gary Gallagher) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
In his provocative new book, The Confederate War, author Gary Gallagher revises the revisionists. By Richard F. WelchOver the past 15 years an influential school of Civil War historians–now perhaps the dominant orthodoxy–has argued that class, race and gender …

Book Review: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (U.S. Grant/ Brooks D. Simpson) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, introduction by Brooks D. Simpson, University of Nebraska Press (Bison Books), Lincoln, 1996, $26. For Civil War buffs and scholars alike, there are certain books that are required reading, as indispensable as ErnestHemingway's novels are …

Book Review: Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency (John C. Waugh) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The 1864 presidential election was the final crucial battle of the Civil War, and bullets, not ballots, decided the outcome. By Roy Morris, Jr.Of all the presidential elections in American history, none was more crucial than the one that …

Book Review: Lee's Last Major General: Bryan Grimes of North Carolina (by T. Harrell Allen) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lee's Last Major General: Bryan Grimes of North Carolina, by T. Harrell Allen, Savas Publishing Co., Mason City, Iowa, $24.95. The outbreak of the Civil War saw tens of thousands in both the North and the South answering the call …
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