Blogs

Published 3/31/2021

JEFFREY: First Chaplain of the Confederacy (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Katherine Bentley Jeffrey's "First Chaplain of the Confederacy" reminds us of the nuanced role Catholics played in the Confederate and Reconstruction South.

Published 3/29/2021

A Reconstruction Bookshelf

By: Brooks D. Simpson Category: Articles

It’s safe to say that while many Americans take a great interest in the battles and leaders of the Civil War, far fewer are familiar with the events of Reconstruction, the dozen years after the conflict. Moreover, much of what people do know about this time—when the federal government attempted to rebuild the country and define the meaning of freedom for millions of former slaves—comes from...

Published 3/24/2021

SMITH: In the Shadow of Gold (2020)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

Michael Smith's "In The Shadow of Gold" is a historical novel for our own challenging times.

Published 3/22/2021

The Hands-On Historian

By: Jenny Johnson Category: Living History

National Archives staffer Bryan Cheeseboro keeps finding ways to touch history.

Published 3/17/2021

St. Patrick's Day, 1863

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Artist Edwin Forbes was present to sketch the elaborate St. Patrick's Day festivities that were held in the camp of the Irish Brigade in 1863.

Published 3/17/2021

WILLIS: The Black Civil War Soldier (2021)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

Deborah Willis' "The Black Civil War Soldier" is a reminder of one of the most compelling stories of the conflict: the efforts of more than 180,000 African American soldiers to fight for freedom.

Published 3/10/2021

LEVINE: Thaddeus Stevens (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Bruce Levine's "Thaddeus Stevens" is the first major biography of The Great Commoner in nearly a quarter century.

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."