The Bookshelf

The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 12/12/2018

ROBERTS (ed.): 'This Infernal War' (2018)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

Editor Timothy Roberts deserves high marks...makes for good reading, and researchers will find it equally rewarding.

Published 12/5/2018

MITCHAM: Vicksburg (2018)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

Vicksburg ... is a book for popular audiences ... particularly those seeking a perspective more sympathetic to the Confederates.

Published 11/28/2018

SOMMERS: Challenges of Command in the Civil War (2018)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

...a welcome introduction to the work of a distinguished historian.

Published 11/21/2018

STEWART & MARKS (eds.): Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations (2018)

By: Bennett Parten Category: Book Reviews

With selections ranging from revolutionary-era South Carolina to mid-century Liberia to 1880s Brazil, the assembled essays provide a rich pastiche of the nineteenth century Atlantic.

Published 11/14/2018

WERT: Civil War Barons (2018)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

Wert's skill in weaving together historical argument and satisfying narrative are on full display...

Published 11/7/2018

ULLRICH & CRAIG: General E.A. Paine in Western Kentucky (2018)

By: Jacob A. Glover Category: Book Reviews

...a notable effort to raise the eponymous Union officer from [the] realm of 'folklore and myth.'

Published 10/31/2018

LANG: In The Wake of War (2017)

By: Justin Behrend Category: Book Reviews

Lang's deeply researched account...is relevant for understanding not just the Civil War, but war in our own time.

Published 10/24/2018

WHITE: New Bern and the Civil War (2018)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

The Union occupation of New Bern began in early 1862, when Major General Ambrose Burnside captured the river port.

Published 10/17/2018

BLIGHT: Frederick Douglass (2018)

By: Hilary Green Category: Book Reviews

This biography is an essential text that will shape academic scholarship...and perhaps even inspire a Broadway musical.

Published 10/10/2018

CROON (ed.): The War Outside My Window (2018)

By: Anya Jabour Category: Book Reviews

LeRoy's diary charts both his own painful physical disintegration and death and the Confederacy's equally tortuous path to destruction and defeat.