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  • Behind the Lens

    As common as Civil War photographs are today, the stories behind them are too often lost to history.

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    Why Union forces executed a notorious Confederate guerrilla--after he had taken the Oath of Allegiance to the Union.

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Latest Posts

  • GORDON: A Broken Regiment (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 5/27/2015 Author: Peter C. Vermilyea | 

    Gordon depicts the regiment as a projection of its community, establishing the connection between the home front and the front lines through the use of a wide array of soldier and civilian letters and diaries, newspapers, and military service records.

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  • ROBISON: Confederates in Montana Territory (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 5/20/2015 Author: David C. Williard | 

    Historians and general audiences have minimized the immense appeal of the American West to former Confederate soldiers, for whom a familiar language, easily obtainable land, and the opportunity to reclaim masculine respect by braving the frontier's rugged conditions had much to offer.

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  • HARRIS: Across the Bloody Chasm (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 5/20/2015 Author: Krista Kinslow | 

    Reunion was possible, as the nation was re-forged, but the men who fought the war did not forget the conflict and its meanings.

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  • HORN: The Man Who Would Not Be Washington (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 5/13/2015 Author: Allen C. Guelzo | 

    Horn provides us with a palpable sense of having met the man who, for all his delicate charm, remained by his own admission "not very accessible."

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  • GIESBERG (ed.): Emilie Davis's Civil War (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 5/6/2015 Author: Tyler Sperrazza | 

    The most important contribution of this project is its potential to enrich our understanding of free black communities in the North during the Civil War. Davis' writings provide a unique perspective on the activities of teachers and students at the Institute for Colored Youth, the proceedings of various African American organizations like the Ladies Union Association, and the complex racial issues...

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  • McKENNA: From Vicksburg to Cedar Creek (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/29/2015 Author: Ryan Keating | 

    Regimental histories can provide important insight to the nuanced and multifaceted experiences of Civil War soldiers.

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  • LONGACRE: The Early Morning of War (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/22/2015 Author: Thaddeus Romansky | 

    ....a detailed chronicle and analysis not only of the events at Manassas Junction, but of those in the Shenandoah Valley as well.

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The Bookshelf

A Broken Regiment (2014)

Author: Lesley J. Gordon

Reviewed by: Peter C. Vermilyea

Confederates in Montana Territory (2014)

Author: Ken Robison

Reviewed by: David C. Williard

Across the Bloody Chasm (2014)

Author: M. Keith Harris

Reviewed by: Krista Kinslow


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