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My Thoughts Be Bloody

Jason Emerson | Published: March 14, 2011 at 9:57 am
My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone Free Press, 2010, $30 This new book by first-time author Nora Titone is so intrepidly original in its …

The Civil War in the New York Times

Chris Howland | Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm
The New York Times Complete Civil War, 1861-1865 Edited by Harold Holzer and Craig L. Symonds Black Dog & Leventhal Publishing, 2010, $40 It is no stretch to say the New York Times was the nation's most powerful newspaper during …

Soldiering to Citizenship in the Civil War

Susannah Ural | Published: July 07, 2010 at 8:54 am
Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship During the Civil War Era by Christian G. Samito, Cornell University Press, 2010, $39.95 Christian Samito's Becoming American Under Fire is a superb study of the expansion …

At Gettysburg with the Lousiana Tigers

Robin Friedman | Published: April 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm
The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July, 1863 By Scott L. Mingus Sr., Louisiana State University Press, 2009 The legendary Louisiana Tigers, one of the more feared units in the Army of Northern Virginia, get a welcome and comprehensive …

Andrew Johnson Impeached

Peter Cozzens | Published: January 27, 2010 at 10:18 am
Behind the scenes in the case of a president on trial.

Lincoln’s Political Generals

Jason Emerson | Published: January 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Lincoln's Political Generals, by David Work University of Illinois Press, 2009 Abraham Lincoln made his share of mistakes as commander in chief during the Civil War, but did his politically motivated appointments of nonmilitary men as Union generals help or …

Digging deeply into the earthworks at Petersburg

Robert K. Krick | Published: September 13, 2009 at 8:43 am
In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications & Confederate Defeat by Earl J. Hess University of North Carolina Press, 2009 New biographies that focus on Civil War–era figures inevitably face the dilemma of how to interpret race, politics and equality …

Here’s evidence that Abraham Lincoln was as good as his words

Barton Friedman | Published: August 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Kaplan has done a service to Lincoln scholars and general readers alike by reconstructing Lincoln's self-education, and showing how the books he read and reread may have shaped his mind.

A not-so-prim dissection of the war from across the pond

Gordon Berg | Published: August 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm
America's Civil War: The Operational Battlefield 1861-1863 by Brian Holden Reid Prometheus Books, 2008 One can read extensively in Civil War historiography and not once come across the word "puerile." Yet Brian Holden Reid, professor of American history and military …

A search for clues to what compelled the men who went to war

James Hall | Published: August 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm
Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn Princeton University Press, 2008 A Civil War book full of charts, graphs and tables, even when it is com­bined with intriguing human interest profiles …

Believe it or not, here's something new on Lee

Gordon Berg | Published: August 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865 by Ethan S. Rafuse Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 Is it really possible there's anything new to say about Robert E. Lee, who probably has had more written about him than …

The Story of the 1st and 2nd South Carolina

Published: August 11, 2009 at 10:58 am
Firebrands of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash W.W. Norton, 2008, $25.95 Seldom does a Civil War story come along today that is historically significant and yet …

The Long Shadow of the March to the Sea

Gordon Berg | Published: August 11, 2009 at 10:53 am
  Sherman's March in Myth and Memory by Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 Memory studies are now a recognized discipline within the canon of Civil War historiography, with leading historians Gary Gal­lagher, David Blight and …
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