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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.

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 6/14/2017

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.