Blogs

Published 8/15/2018

LLOYD: Harbor of Spies (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Lloyd weaves a story of the political intricacies of Spanish Cuba, which served as a base for shipping munitions...through the federal blockade of southern ports during the Civil War.

Published 8/8/2018

LOPERFIDO (ed.): Death, Disease, and Life at War (2018)

By: Kevin R. Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

Loperfido has done the study of Civil War medicine a valuable service....

Published 8/1/2018

COLLINS: A Crooked River (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Collins pays particular attention to the U.S. Civil War, the French Intervention in Mexico, Reconstruction, and cattle rustling.

Published 7/30/2018

“Martyrs” to Their Cause: John Brown, Edmund Ruffin, and Harpers Ferry

By: John Grady Category: Articles

Long before the tumult and rage in Charlottesville last year over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park, and a fear that white supremacists and antifa militants would turn any future confrontation into a bloodier event there, Virginia was braced for an even deadlier showdown in the fall of 1859. Thousands of troops had poured into Jefferson County, on orders to repel with force...

Published 7/25/2018

TAGG: The Generals of Shiloh (2017)

By: Gregory A. Mertz Category: Book Reviews

Tagg has not written a stand-alone book on the Battle of Shiloh, but rather a superb supplement that also reads well from cover to cover.

Published 7/18/2018

MALAVASIC: The F Street Mess (2017)

By: Michael Woods Category: Book Reviews

Since Congress began debating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, it has inspired torrents of words, from polemics and conspiracy theories to insider exposés and scholarly studies.

Published 7/11/2018

HESS: The Battle of Peach Tree Creek (2017)

By: Ryan Quint Category: Book Reviews

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek by Earl Hess is a solid work that fits neatly into the growing historiography of the Atlanta Campaign.

Published 7/4/2018

GREENE: A Campaign of Giants (2018)

By: Steven E. Sodergren Category: Book Reviews

To say that Greene's research is exhaustive does not quite do it justice...this first volume certainly establishes itself as essential reading for future scholars of the Petersburg Campaign.

Published 7/2/2018

The Best Gettysburg Books

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

What are the five best books about the Battle of Gettysburg (nonfiction or fiction)? We asked six Civil War historians for their answers.

Published 6/27/2018

FRENCH: Phantoms of the South Fork (2017)

By: Scott Thompson Category: Book Reviews

Steve French sheds light on an understudied Confederate partisan ranger unit: John and Jesse McNeill's Rangers.

Published 6/25/2018

Whither Public History?

By: John Coski Category: Articles

Public history is presented in museums and historical societies; at monuments or national, state, and local parks. John Coski writes about how this public history message, particularly that of the Civil War, is changing.

Published 6/20/2018

CUTRER: Theater of a Separate War (2017)

By: Donald S. Frazier Category: Book Reviews

A comprehensive history of the most complicated, diverse, and misunderstood part of the American Civil War.

Published 6/13/2018

BALLARD: William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones (2017)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

...a balanced and solid biography of one of the Civil War's more obscure figures.

Published 6/6/2018

WILLIAMS: Georgia's Civil War (2017)

By: John C. Kennedy Category: Book Reviews

Women, enslaved African Americans, and upper-class planters determined the parameters within which the Confederate military effort would succeed or fail on the battlefield.

Published 5/30/2018

CONNOLE: The Civil War and the Subversion of American Indian Sovereignty (2017)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

The end of the Civil War ultimately brought no peace to the Indian Territory....

Published 5/23/2018

WILLS: Inglorious Passages (2017)

By: Clayton Butler Category: Book Reviews

Wills' study...underscores the sheer ubiquity of death that descended upon the nation between 1861 and 1865.

Published 5/16/2018

COOK: Civil War Memories (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

The massacre at Mother Emanuel simultaneously underscores the endurance of Civil War memory in the contemporary United States and the extent to which Americans still struggle, often violently, to control the fundamental meanings of those memories.

Published 5/9/2018

MACKOWSKI & WHITE (eds.): Turning Points of the American Civil War (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Historic turning points can hinge on the stroke of a pen or a turn in the road.

Published 5/2/2018

Chancellorsville

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

“My plans are perfect, and when I start to carry them out, may God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none.” So said Major General Joseph Hooker in mid-April 1863 to a group of Union officers about his strategy for defeating Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Hooker,

Published 5/2/2018

Battlefield Echoes: MOPs, MOEs, and Chancellorsville

By: Ethan S. Rafuse Category: Articles

In the aftermath of his army’s defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee welcomed a brother of Secretary of War James Seddon to Army of Northern Virginia headquarters. Curious