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Published 7/17/2019

WHITE: Let Us Die Like Men (2019)

By: Thomas Mack Category: Book Reviews

Unable to compel Sherman to attack, Hood trundled west into Alabama and changed his objective.

Published 7/10/2019

TSOURAS: Major General George H. Sharpe and the Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

The author shows how a superior general staff...helped wrest the initiative away from Lee's army as the war in the Eastern Theater dragged on.

Published 7/3/2019

BROOMALL: Private Confederacies (2019)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

[S]tands at the edge of a field of historical inquiry that is sure to gain greater currency among historians...

Published 6/26/2019

SEIPLE: Louisa on the Front Lines (2019)

By: Paige Gibbons Backus Category: Book Reviews

Much like Alcott's work, Seiple's narrative leaps off the page.

Published 6/19/2019

SAINLAUDE: France and the American Civil War (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...a marvelous book that contains fascinating analysis about French diplomacy...demonstrates how historians have too long made France into a junior partner of Great Britain.

Published 6/12/2019

SCHLOTTERBECK (et al., eds.): James Riley Weaver's Civil War (2019)

By: Carolyn Levy Category: Book Reviews

Weaver's writings provide rare insight into the complexities of the prisoner of war experience.

Published 6/5/2019

HORWITZ: Spying on the South (2019)

By: Christopher Gwinn Category: Book Reviews

We have lost a singular voice in the field of popular history.

Published 5/29/2019

MILLER: North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession (2019)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

Reveals a new perspective on pro-Union southerners....draws sensible conclusions from the evidence it uses.

Published 5/22/2019

HOOD: The Army of Tennessee in Retreat (2018)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

On December 16, 1864, Union General George Thomas accomplished a goal that Civil War field commanders found to be unobtainable: the climactic destruction of an enemy army.

Published 5/15/2019

LONGACRE: Custer (2018)

By: Daniel Davis Category: Book Reviews

Longacre has breathed new life into Custer's career...