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  • SNEE: Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 3/22/2017 Author: Allen C. Guelzo | 

    Abraham Lincoln surely holds the record for presidential movie roles, having been inserted into more than 200 movies, television programs, and documentaries.

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  • SNELL: My Gettysburg (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 3/15/2017 Author: Jeffry D. Wert | 

    This book treats eclectic topics on America's most famous and most visited battlefield.

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  • DAVIS: A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 3/8/2017 Author: Nick Sacco | 

    Davis's overarching thesis is that Sherman's successful movements toward Atlanta...were largely the fault of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's inept generalship.

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  • LaBARRE: The Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 3/1/2017 Author: C. Wood Newhall | 

    Little work has been done on the black cavalries that served during the Civil War, and LaBarre's book is a useful and welcome contribution to that historiography.

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  • SCYTHES: This Will Make a Man of Me (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 2/22/2017 Author: George C. Rable | 

    An idealistic and at times priggish young man, Howell complained about officers and enlisted men who swore, drank, and ignored the Sabbath...

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  • PRYOR: Six Encounters with Lincoln (2017)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 2/15/2017 Author: Matthew Norman | 

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor seeks to get at the real Abraham Lincoln by peeling away the layers of mythology and exposing a flesh and blood human being.

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  • PENN: Kentucky Rebel Town (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 2/8/2017 Author: Jacob A. Glover | 

    Penn's efforts to recreate the military struggle in Harrison County are a resounding success.

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The Bookshelf

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

Author: Stephen Davis

Reviewed by: Nick Sacco

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