Blogs

Published 3/3/2021

PALENCIA: 'On Rising Ground' (2021)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"On Rising Ground" is a well-researched, well-written, and always empathetic account of a very ordinary soldier and his family.

Published 2/26/2021

Letters Home: Correspondence from Men at War

By: Peter S. Carmichael Category: Articles

We would like to believe that Civil War letters transport us back to the historical reality of the camp and the battlefield. These letters are not, however, transparent windows into the past. They are products of men struggling to depict a situation that was radically different than anything they had endured before. We would also like to believe that soldiers wrote candidly about what they were...

Published 2/24/2021

SEIDULE: Robert E. Lee and Me (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

An effective antidote to the Lost Cause, Ty Seidule's "Robert E. Lee and Me" deserves both a wide readership and a place on undergraduate syllabi.

Published 2/17/2021

MUELLER: Ambitious Honor (2020)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

In "Ambitious Honor," James Mueller has managed to find something new to say about George Armstrong Custer.

Published 2/10/2021

WRIGHT: Bonds of Salvation (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

With "Bonds of Salvation," Ben Wright has convincingly demonstrated the importance of religious denominations to the lives of early Americans and the nation as a whole.

Published 2/3/2021

ARRINGTON: The Last Lincoln Republican (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Benjamin T. Arrington's "The Last Lincoln Republican" is a superb new study of Garfield's dark horse race for the Executive Mansion.

Published 1/27/2021

HOOD: Patriots Twice (2020)

By: Ryan Bixby Category: Book Reviews

Stephen M. Hood's "Patriots Twice" seeks to highlight the postwar lives and accomplishments of 220 Confederate veterans.

Published 1/20/2021

POWELL & WITTENBERG: Tullahoma (2020)

By: Fred L. Johnson III Category: Book Reviews

The diligent, robust scholarship found on the pages of David A. Powell and Eric J. Wittenberg's "Tullahoma" has expanded the historiography and helped to further balance perspectives on the relative importance of the Western Theater.

Published 1/13/2021

SMITH: The Thin Gray Line (2019)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

Michael Smith's "The Thin Gray Line" offers a new look at the darker side of the war.

Published 1/6/2021

CURRAN: Women Making War (2020)

By: Heather Carlquist Walser Category: Book Reviews

Readers and scholars with wide-ranging interests will find Thomas F. Curran's "Women Making War" useful and fascinating.

Published 12/30/2020

SADLER: Absalom Hazlett (2020)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

In "Absalom Hazlett," Spencer Sadler has unearthed and conveyed a valuable story about a captivating and overlooked subject.

Published 12/28/2020

Goodbye to All That

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

A southerner finds clarity in a tangle of loyalties ...

Published 12/23/2020

CHATELAIN: Defending the Arteries of Rebellion (2020)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

Comprehensive is perhaps the best adjective to describe Neil P. Chatelain's "Defending the Arteries of Rebellion."

Published 12/21/2020

Extra Voices: Coffee

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Winter 2020 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the importance of coffee to the troops. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 12/16/2020

McDONOUGH: William Tecumseh Sherman (2016)

By: Mitchell G. Klingenberg Category: Book Reviews

James Lee McDonough's "William Tecumseh Sherman" is a capable and often moving biography of a worthy subject.

Published 12/9/2020

ZVENGROWSKI: Jefferson Davis, Napoleonic France, and the Nature of Confederate Ideology (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Internal division within the Confederacy, Jeffrey Zvengrowski claims, had less to do with class and more to do with politics...

Published 12/7/2020

The Best Civil War Books of 2020

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

With the help of a handful of Civil War historians and enthusiasts, here is our list of the best Civil War books of 2020.

Published 12/2/2020

HESS: Storming Vicksburg (2020)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Earl Hess' "Storming Vicksburg" is an effective battle history that moves beyond strategy and tactics to embrace the broader mosaic of the Civil War military experience.

Published 11/25/2020

GOTTFRIED: The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign (2020)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign" makes excellent use of primary accounts penned by Union and Confederate cavalrymen....

Published 11/18/2020

FUOSS: Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg (2020)

By: Rory Cornish Category: Book Reviews

Jarrad Fuoss has made a useful contribution to understanding the symbolism of the "Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg" and its place in American memory.