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Published 10/18/2017

DAVIS: All the Fighting They Want (2017)

By: Alexandre Caillot Category: Book Reviews

...this book is a strong choice for those wishing to learn more about the Atlanta campaign.

Published 10/11/2017

GREEN: McClellan and the Union High Command (2017)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

Green...examines the development and creation of the Union high command.

Published 10/4/2017

HETTLE: The Confederate Homefront (2017)

By: Madeleine Forrest Category: Book Reviews

Hettle's book is a wonderful resource for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Civil War era and those who lived it.

Published 9/27/2017

CRAIG & ULLRICH: Unconditional Unionist (2016)

By: Patrick Lewis Category: Book Reviews

Kentucky is the sphinx on the landscape of the American Civil War...

Published 9/20/2017

FOUGHT: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (2017)

By: Jonathan Lande Category: Book Reviews

...essential reading for those seeking to better know Douglass.

Published 9/13/2017

WALDSTREICHER & MASON: John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas H. Cox Category: Book Reviews

...this collection of primary sources provides important insight into John Quincy Adams's views on the most divisive issue of his generation.

Published 9/6/2017

PITTMAN: Rebels in the Rockies (2014)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...illustrates irregular activity in a region that has long been understudied in the scholarly literature.

Published 8/30/2017

MEZUREK: For Their Own Cause (2016)

By: Jacob Glover Category: Book Reviews

...a well-written, engaging treatment of the 27th USCT that does far more than most regimental histories.

Published 8/30/2017

EGERTON: Thunder at the Gates (2016)

By: Kelly D. Mezurek Category: Book Reviews

....a valuable contribution to the study of black Civil War regiments.

Published 8/23/2017

EMBERTON & BAKER (eds.): Remembering Reconstruction (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

Reconstruction was much, much more than the political restoration of the ex-Confederacy to the Union; rather, it involved fundamental issues of race, citizenship, colonialism, and American identity.