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Published 9/24/2018

Varina

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Stereoscope

A young woman in an unhappy marriage whose rise to first lady makes her both exhilarated and uncomfortable. Her much older husband, loyal only to himself and the power that the presidency will bring him. A past so riddled with lies they tell themselves that nothing is certain.           Charles Frazier’s new Civil War novel, Varina, feels strangely relevant in 2018.           The novel...

Published 9/19/2018

GURA: Man's Better Angels (2017)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Americans could be convinced to address their national sin through systematic action: the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens on the battlefield.

Published 9/12/2018

HARDY: Kirk's Civil War Raids Along the Blue Ridge (2018)

By: Aaron Astor Category: Book Reviews

Hardy lays out the complex politics of loyalty along the East Tennessee-Western North Carolina state line...

Published 9/5/2018

NASH: Reconstruction's Ragged Edge (2016)

By: Adam H. Domby Category: Book Reviews

Appalachia...is central to understanding North Carolina's Reconstruction.

Published 8/29/2018

HARDY: General Lee's Immortals (2018)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Combining rigorous research an an innovative organization...demonstrates what an exceptional unit history can teach us about the Civil War.

Published 8/22/2018

PFANZ: Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (2018)

By: Rebecca Capobianco Category: Book Reviews

Graves crest Marye's Heights, and Union soldiers now occupy the land they could not reach in December 1862.

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...