Civil War Book Reviews

From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature, by Randall Fuller (Oxford University Press, 2010) Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America, by...

Israel Richardson at Antietam

A Rising Star Struck Down in His Prime Until Antietam: The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S. Army, by Jack C. Mason, Southern Illinois University Press Up to the moment he was...

Northern Women and the Travails of War

Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front, by Judith Giesberg, University of North Carolina Press The world of Civil War women has been enriched over the past decade by a bounty of...

Sowing Discontent, Reaping Retribution

Daniel E. Sutherland is one of the outstanding Civil War scholars working today, the author of a prize-winning book on Culpeper County, Virginia, a study of the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville campaigns, a highly regarded textbook and several important essays. Sutherland’s latest effort, which focuses on guerrilla warfare and its effect on the nation’s great struggle, has been greatly anticipated. In A Savage Conflict, he does not disappoint.
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Three Views of the Lincoln-Douglass Dynamic: August/September 2009

In the past two years four authors have undertaken joint biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Contextualizing the overlapping roles of these complex personalities proves to be a fascinating and challenging litmus test of the political values not only of two iconic individuals but also of the historians interpreting them.
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Vicksburg: From Mint Juleps to Bomb Bursts

Vicksburg 1863, by Winston Groom, Alfred A. Knopf Winston Groom is a first-rate spinner of yarns, and like the tales of his most famous fictional character, Forrest Gump, his accounts seamlessly transport...
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Grant and Lee: MIA in New York: April/May 2009

Visitors to the New-York His­tori­cal Society’s ongoing ex­hibit on Ulysses S. Grant and Rob­ert E. Lee will likely be intrigued by the first artifacts they see: artwork created by the legendary com­manders themselves long before they were famous.
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Lincoln Defines the War Powers: February/March 2009

James M. McPherson may be the most distinguished of the current generation of Civil War historians, and he is surely one of the most prolific. His latest offering, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, traces Lincoln’s struggle to master the responsibility that would inevitably dominate his presidency.
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Book Review: Lincoln (David Herbert Donald) : CWT

LINCOLNWhen approached for information about his life, Abraham Lincoln warned a would-be biographer to look up Thomas Gray'sElegy Written in a Country Churchyard ("The short and simple annals of the poor"),...