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Civil War Times Book Reviews


Civil War Times Book Reviews


Book Review: The Civil War Crossword Puzzle Book, (by Timothy Beatty): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Civil War Crossword Puzzle Book, by Timothy Beatty, Ryan Place Publishers, 3109 Knox Street, Suite 515, Dallas, TX 75205, 800-871-0563, Ryan Place@aol.com. 119 pages, softcover, $9.95 plus $1.50 for shipping. Occasionally, when there's nothing better to do on a …

Book Review: April 1865: The Month That Saved America (by Jay Winik): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
April 1865: The Month That Saved America, by Jay Winik, HarperCollins, New York, 520 pages, $30.   Historians, in their efforts to offer fresh and exciting interpretations, sometimes handle evidence like trial lawyers. They are so determined to win a …

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

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend,by James I Robertson, Jr. (Macmillian, New York, 950 pages, $40). Forty years have passed since the publication of the last scholarly biography on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. That's hard to believe, considering …

Book Review: The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman (Stanley P. Hirshson) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman, by Stanley P. Hirshson (John Wiley and Sons, New York, 475 pages, $30). William Tecumseh Sherman was a peculiar person with a peculiar name. Perhaps, therefore, he deserves a peculiar …

Book Review: Conquering the Valley (Robert K. Krick) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
CONQUERING THE VALLEY The heart of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign spanned six weeks and ended near the place it had begun: Port Republic, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There and at Cross Keys, …

Book Review:Gettysburg 1863: High Tide of the Confederacy (Carl Smith): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Gettysburg 1863: High Tide of the Confederacy, by Carl Smith, Osprey Military, London, England, (212) 685-5560, 128 pages, softcover, $16.95. Although a mountain of books have been written about the Battle of Gettysburg over the last 130 years, the logistical …

Book Review: Lincoln (David Herbert Donald) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
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"), claiming playfully, "That's my life, andthat's all you …

Book Review: Lincoln's Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac (by Edward G. Longacre): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lincoln's Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac, by Edward G. Longacre, Stackpole Books, 717-796-0412, $29.95. Edward G. Longacre has been one of the most prolific Civil War historians of the past three decades. …

Book Review: The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (Mark Grimsley) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE HARD HAND OF WAR: UNION MILITARY POLICY TOWARD SOUTHERN CIVILIANSThe Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, by Mark Grimsley, Cambridge University Press, New York, 256 pages, $29.95. An Ohio State University history professor …

Book Review: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (by Thomas R. Turner): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by Thomas R. Turner, Kreiger Publishing, Mulabar, Florida, 407-724-9542, 181 pages, softcover, $16.50. Except for an important flaw, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln is an ideal introduction to the history of Lincoln's assassination. Like other …

Book Review: Campfire and Battlefield: An Illustrated History of the Great Civil War (by Rossiter Johnson): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Campfire and Battlefield: An Illustrated History of the Great Civil War, by Rossiter Johnson, 1894, reprint, Trident Press, Naples, Florida, 941-649-7077, 552 pages, deluxe edition, $50. We seem to have an obsessive need to collect objects to help us remember …

Book Review: Divided Waters (Ivan Musicant) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
DIVIDED WATERS Divided Waters by Ivan Musicant, a naval historian who has published books on various types of warships, is a general history of the naval side of the Civil War. It is not, however, the "first naval history of …

Book Review: War at Every Door: Partisan Politics and Guerrilla Violence in East Tennessee, 1860-1869 (by Noel C. Fisher)

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
War at Every Door: Partisan Politics and Guerrilla Violence in East Tennessee, 1860-1869, by Noel C. Fisher, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, (800) 848-6224, 250 pages, $29.95. It is traditional to refer to the Civil War as a …

Book Review: The Civil War Chronicle (edited by J. Matthew Gallman) and The Civil War: A History in Documents (edited by Rachel Filene Seidman): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Civil War Chronicle, edited by J. Matthew Gallman, Crown, 544 pages, $39.95 and The Civil War: A History in Documents, edited by Rachel Filene Seidman, Oxford, 208 pages, $30. The Civil War brought unparalleled bloodshed to America. It became …

Book Review: 1863: Rebirth of a Nation (by Joseph E. Stevens): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
1863: Rebirth of a Nation, by Joseph E. Stevens, Bantam Books, New York, 212-765-3535, 450 pages, $26.95. Joseph Stevens is not only a gifted writer, he is also a clear-thinking and acute observer of the American landscape. He is a …

Book Review: The Confederate Housewife (Edited by John Hammond Moore) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Confederate Housewife, compiled and edited by John Hammond Moore, Summerhouse Press, South Carolina, 160 pages, $14.95. The antebellum South was a land of plenty. But when the Civil War began, the South's ability to meet its people's everyday needs …
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