The Bookshelf

The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 8/16/2017

FRAZIER: Blood on the Bayou (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

By placing the Vicksburg and Port Hudson campaigns into a broader context, Frazier offers something for both military and social historians.

Published 8/16/2017

BETIT: War's Cost (2016)

By: Reagan Lyons Category: Book Reviews

A slender but useful study of a Shenandoah Valley family at war...

Published 8/9/2017

EPPS: Slavery on the Periphery (2016)

By: James M. Shinn, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

Slavery's roots in the Kansas-Missouri borderland ran deep.

Published 8/2/2017

CAMPI: Civil War Battlefields (2016)

By: Jared Frederick Category: Book Reviews

Many of the period's photographers considered themselves artists conveying a story, not objective journalists reporting a news piece.

Published 7/26/2017

FILIPOWSKI & HARRINGTON: The Boy Soldier (2016)

By: Nick Sacco Category: Book Reviews

...a sympathetic portrait of one soldier's Civil War experience that is readable and educational...worth reading by experts and beginnings alike.

Published 7/19/2017

KASTENBERG: A Confederate in Congress (2016)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

In the weeks following the chaos of two major Confederate surrenders...military authorities arrested Benjamin Gwinn Harris, a Democrat congressman from Maryland, for committing treason.

Published 7/12/2017

ADAMS & HUDSON (eds.): Democracy and the American Civil War (2016)

By: Christopher H. Hayashida-Knight Category: Book Reviews

...the volume engages new perspectives suggestive of important critiques to well-established conventions.

Published 7/5/2017

JOHANSSON (ed.): Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier (2016)

By: Bradley R. Clampitt Category: Book Reviews

Johansson's fine book is an excellent source for scholars interested in guerrilla warfare, mixed-race units, federal military policy toward southern civilians, and the Trans-Mississippi Theater in general.

Published 6/28/2017

MACKOWSKI: Hell Itself (2016)

By: Michael Burns Category: Book Reviews

...the reader truly gets a sense of the horror that resulted from fighting in such close confines.

Published 6/28/2017

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.