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 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.

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.