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  • The Unintended Expert

    From our Spring 2016 issue ... How a chance encounter led Garry Adelman to a second career in Civil War history

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    Read an excerpt from our exclusive interview with author Tony Horwtiz on the recent Confederate flag backlash.

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    With the help of the telegraph, newspapers kept readers informed of all the news and speculation from Gettysburg.

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Latest Posts

  • CROFTS: Lincoln & the Politics of Slavery (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/27/2016 Author: Thomas A. Horrocks | 

    Despite the thousands of books written about Lincoln...scholars have virtually ignored the original thirteenth amendment fight and Lincoln's role in it...Crofts fills this void with his compelling book...

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  • Why did soldiers and civilians during the Civli War commit suicide?

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/22/2016 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    We know much about PTSD and the psychological horrors of war based on more modern wars, but what about during the Civil War? We talk with Dr. Diane Miller Sommerville about her research on suicides among civilians and soldiers. Why did soldiers and civilians commit suicide and what can their stories about trauma and even Reconstruction?

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  • IZECKSOHN: Slavery and War in the Americas (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/20/2016 Author: Evan C. Rothera | 

    Historians have called, at least twice, for comparison of the Civil War with the War of the Triple Alliance....no historian has subjected the two wars to a sustained comparison until Vitor Izecksohn...

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  • LOWRY: Galvanized Virginians in the Indian Wars (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/13/2016 Author: Angela M. Riotto | 

    Lowry's book inspires an important conversation about loyalty, cowardice, and suffering...

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  • GUNNIN (ed.): Letters to Virtue (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/13/2016 Author: Jonathan A. Noyalas | 

    While Sherman's letters offer insight into a variety of aspects which dominated a soldier's life and are typical among published collections...this...is anything but a typical collection.

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  • What is the connection between Abraham Lincoln and Walt Disney?

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/8/2016 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Learn about two of history's most beloved figures, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Disney, in our latest Behind the Lines interview with Dr. Brian Craig Miller, Associate Professor at Emporia State University. Why did Disney admire Lincoln so much and how did he memorialize Lincoln in his amusement parks?

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  • ACKEN (ed.): Service with the Signal Corps (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 4/6/2016 Author: Thomas J. Ryan | 

    Acken merits our appreciation for unearthing these important documents...Civil War specialists will gain knowledge about the vital but little known field of signal operations.

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The Bookshelf

Lincoln & the Politics of Slavery (2016)

Author: Dan Crofts

Reviewed by: Thomas A. Horrocks

Slavery and War in the Americas (2014)

Author: Vitor Izecksohn

Reviewed by: Evan C. Rothera

Galvanized Virginians in the Indian Wars (2015)

Author: Thomas Power Lowry

Reviewed by: Angela M. Riotto

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