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Civil War Book Reviews

Published: December 06, 2011 at 11:39 am
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 Davis S. Reynolds (Norton, 2010) REVIEWED BY NAN …

Israel Richardson at Antietam

John D. Hoptak | Published: April 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm
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 mortally wound­ed along Antietam's …

Northern Women and the Travails of War

Published: January 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm
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 significant …

Sowing Discontent, Reaping Retribution: December/January 2010

Ethan S. Rafuse | Published: October 02, 2009 at 12:06 pm
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.

‘He Always Went With Us Into the Fight’:October/November 2009

Peter Cozzens | Published: October 01, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Every so often a Civil War book comes along that is both unique and enjoyable to read. Loyal Hearts: Histories of Civil War Canines is one such offering.

Three Views of the Lincoln-Douglass Dynamic: August/September 2009

Michael Fellman | Published: August 01, 2009 at 11:59 am
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.

Vicksburg: From Mint Juleps to Bomb Bursts

Published: June 01, 2009 at 11:53 am
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 readers into the story. Vicksburg 1863 is …

Grant and Lee: MIA in New York: April/May 2009

Kim A. O'Connell | Published: April 01, 2009 at 11:50 am
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.

Lincoln Defines the War Powers: February/March 2009

Barton Friedman | Published: February 01, 2009 at 11:30 am
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.

Book Review: The Devil Knows How to Ride AND Quantrill's War (Edward E. Leslie/Duane Schultz) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE DEVIL'S DUEThe Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders, by Edward E. Leslie, Random House, $27.50. Quantrill's War: The Life and Times of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865, by Duane Schultz, …

Book Review: We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth (edited by James M. McPherson) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
WE CANNOT ESCAPE HISTORY: LINCOLN AND THE LAST BEST HOPE OF EARTH We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth, edited by James M. McPherson, University of Illinois, Chicago, 184 pages, $27.95. Ten renowned scholars reflect …

Book Review: Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (by Earl B. McElfresh): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War, by Earl B. McElfresh, Abrams, New York, 212-206-7715, 272 pages, $55. Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War is more than a coffee-table book of beautifully reproduced Civil War maps. Besides the striking …

Book Review: Guide to Civil War Books: An Annotated Selection of Modern Works on the War Between the States (Domenica M. Barbuto and Martha Kreisel) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
GUIDE TO CIVIL WAR BOOKS: AN ANNOTATED SELECTION OF MODERN WORKS ON THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES Guide to Civil War Books: An Annotated Selection of Modern Works on the War Between the States by Domenica M. Barbuto and Martha …

Book Review: Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand (edited by James M. McPherson and William J. Cooper, Jr.): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand, edited by James M. McPherson and William J. Cooper, Jr., University of South Carolina Press, 937 Assembly Street, Carolina Plaza, 8th Floor, Columbia, SC 29208, 356 pages, $29.95. The "dean" of living …

Book Review: The Complete Book of Confederate Trivia (J. Stephen Lang) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CONFEDERATE TRIVIA The Complete Book of Confederate Trivia by J. Stephen Lang, BurdStreet Press, P.O. Box 152, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 367 pages, $14.99. Morethan 4,000 questions and answers. …

Book Review: Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest (by Jan Morris): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest, by Jan Morris, Simon and Schuster, New York, 205 pages, $23.00. An ordinary man of extraordinary accomplishments gets killed in his prime, and a gifted writer eventually comes along to tell his story. Such is the …
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