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Published 6/23/2017

Extra Voices: Bad Officers

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

In the Voices section of the Spring 2017 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes about some Union and Confederate officers who weren't much admired by their contemporaries. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut. 

Published 6/21/2017

RASBACH: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign (2016)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

...a skillfully argued, thoroughly researched examination of a critical episode in a Civil War hero's military career.

Published 6/16/2017

The B&A Q&A: Sydney Blumenthal

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Author Interview

In May, Simon & Schuster released Wrestling With His Angel, the second book in veteran journalist and presidential advisor Sidney Blumenthal’s multivolume political biography of President Abraham Lincoln. (A Self-Made Man, the series’ critically acclaimed first volume, was released in 2016.) We recently sat down with Blumenthal to learn more about his work, including how he came to study ...

Published 6/14/2017

LAUSE: Free Spirits (2016)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Historians still need to grapple with the intellectual, political, and religious disruptions that took place in the Civil War era....

Published 6/7/2017

CLEMENS (ed.): The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (2017)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Clemens' thoughtfully edited volume, enhanced by excellent maps, is an essential published primary source for anyone interested in the 1862 Maryland Campaign....

Published 5/31/2017

DOYLE (ed.): American Civil Wars (2017)

By: Claire Wolnisty Category: Book Reviews

...this commendable contribution to understandings of the transnational and global contexts of the U.S. Civil War encourages scholars, students, and general readers to research, inquire, and collaborate too.

Published 5/24/2017

LANDE: Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War (2016)

By: Bradford Pelletier Category: Book Reviews

Lande delivers a succinct, introductory volume on the emotional toll wrought by the Civil War on civilians and soldiers alike.

Published 5/17/2017

GRZYB: The Last Civil War Veterans (2016)

By: Jonathan S. Jones Category: Book Reviews

...readers seeking a concise history of the final Civil War veterans will enjoy this book.

Published 5/10/2017

STANLEY: The Loyal West (2016)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

Stanley's book is a perceptive study...provides an admirable model for future studies of regional identity in the Civil War era...

Published 5/10/2017

TRUDEAU: Lincoln's Greatest Journey (2016)

By: John McKee Barr Category: Book Reviews

....a delightful narrative of the president's sojourn with the Union army at City Point, Virginia, in the spring of 1865. Trudeau is a skilled writer and researcher...

Published 5/3/2017

FOOTE: The Yankee Plague (2016)

By: Adam H. Petty Category: Book Reviews

...makes for an important addition to the literature on Civil War prisoners and the collapse of the Confederacy. It integrates the individual stories of escaped prisoners with larger events...

Published 4/26/2017

MACKOWSKI: Grant's Last Battle (2015)

By: Aaron Scott Crawford Category: Book Reviews

Mackowski...has crafted a crisp narrative that captures the urgency of Grant's struggle to complete his work, and the public spectacle surrounding that struggle.

Published 4/19/2017

DAVIS: Inventing Loreta Velasquez (2016)

By: Evan Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Loreta Velasquez was a woman of mystery and secrecy....quite a cagey operator, her decisions were not always particularly wise.

Published 4/12/2017

ENGLE: Gathering to Save a Nation (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

Engle shows that governors were tendrils of the state and enabled Union victory....governors administered mobilization efforts, promoted Unionism, and acted as a bulwark for federalism.

Published 4/5/2017

BARR: A Civil War Captain and His Lady (2016)

By: Michael Johnson Category: Book Reviews

...an interesting glimpse into the wartime courtship between a soldier at war and a woman on the home front.

Published 3/29/2017

WHITE: Midnight in America (2017)

By: Lesley J. Gordon Category: Book Reviews

Jonathan White's new book claims that historians have overlooked the significance of sleep and dreams to Civil War era Americans.

Published 3/22/2017

SNEE: Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

By: Allen C. Guelzo Category: Book Reviews

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

Published 3/15/2017

SNELL: My Gettysburg (2016)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

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