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Book Review:Bokks on Books (Herman Hattaway) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Books on Books Ours is an era with deep interest in listing and evaluating–even rating in order of importance and relative value–the myriad of books and other items pertaining to the Civil War. Gary Gallagher, perhaps the most productive scholar …

Book Review: Tarnished Eagles: The Courts-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels (Thomas P. Lowry) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Tarnished Eagles: The Courts-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels, by Thomas P. Lowry, Stackpole Books, (717) 796-0411, 272 pages, $24.95. With this follow-up to The Stories the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War and The Civil …

Book Review: The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name (Lance J. Herdegen) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name, by Lance J. Herdegen, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 288 pages, $24.95. Civil War veterans always argued among themselves about whose unit could fight harder, march farther, or steal …

Book Review: The Visual Dictionary of the Civil War (by John Stanchak): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Visual Dictionary of the Civil War, by John Stanchak, DK Publishing, 95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 64 pages, $18.95. This is the book I was looking for when I was nine years old. Back then, I was …

Book Review: * Winning and Losing in the Civil War: Essays and Stories (Albert Castel) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
WINNING AND LOSING IN THE CIVIL WAR: ESSAYS AND STORIESWinning and Losing in the Civil War: Essays and Stories, by Albert Castel, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 216 pages, $29.95. Castel, a professional historian and member of the Civil …

Book Review: Conceived in Liberty: Joshua Chamberlain, William Oates, and the American Civil War (by Mark Perry) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Conceived in Liberty: Joshua Chamberlain, William Oates, and the American Civil War, by Mark Perry, Viking Penguin, New York, (800) 331-4624, 500 pages, $31.95. Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine is the closest thing we have to a Civil War …

Book Review: Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Experiences of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson (edited by J. Gregory Acken): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Experience of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson, edited by J. Gregory Acken, 1998, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 717-796-0411, 500 pages, $34.95. Reviews of Civil War soldiers' letter collections rarely grace the pages …

Book Review: A Place Called Appomattox (by William Marvel): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
A Place Called Appomattox, by William Marvel, University of North Carolina Press, 400 pages, $34.95. The history industry is replete with scholars hawking startling, or at least intriguing, reinterpretations of familiar stories. Revisionism is the engine that keeps the history …

Book Review: The Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War--Two Communities in the American Civil War (by Edward L. Ayers and Anne S. Rubin): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War–Two Communities in the American Civil War, by Edward L. Ayers and Anne S. Rubin, W.W. Norton, 103-page book and CD-ROM, $49.95. It is called the Great Valley and runs up and …

Book Review: General John Pope (by Peter Cozzans): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
General John Pope: A Life for the Nation, by Peter Cozzens, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 474 pages, $39.95.. The bombastic Union general John Pope knew how to provoke people. The usually unflappable Robert E. Lee called Pope …

Book Review: Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War (by Lonnie R. Speer) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War, by Lonnie R. Speer, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, (800) 732-3669, 416 pages, $34.95. Portals to Hell is a fine book about a sad subject. As a chronicle of the Civil War …

Book Review: Gray Ghost (by James A. Ramage): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby, by James A. Ramage, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 606-257-8761, 462 pages, $30. In Gray Ghost, James A. Ramage offers a scholarly portrait of John Singleton Mosby, "one of the most …

Book Review: Davis and Lee at War (Steven E. Woodworth) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
DAVIS AND LEE AT WAR As the title Davis and Lee at War suggests, Steven E. Woodworth argues that the Confederacy's president played a critical role in formulating military policy in the East. The towering presence of Robert E. Lee …

Book Review: Ken Burns's The Civil War: Historians Respond (edited by Robert Brent Toplin) : CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
KEN BURNS'S THE CIVIL WAR: HISTORIANS RESPONDKen Burns's The Civil War: Historians Respond, edited by Robert Brent Toplin, Oxford University, New York, New York, 224 pages, $24.00. Leading experts including C. Van Woodward, Gary W. Gallagher, and Gabor S. …

Book Review: Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac (by Stephen W. Sears): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac, by Stephen W. Sears, Houghton Mifflin, 800-442-2043, 320 pages, $26. Stephen Sears has established himself solidly as the most versatile, wide-ranging historian of the Union war effort in the eastern …

Book Review: Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (Chester G. Hearn): CWT

Published: August 12, 2001 at 1:01 am
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, by Chester G. Hearn, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 800-233-8764, 416 pages, $37.50. If there was ever a naval officer for whom the term "old sea dog" was apt, it was David Glasgow Farragut. The adopted …
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