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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 6/20/2018

CUTRER: Theater of a Separate War (2017)

By: Donald S. Frazier Category: Book Reviews

A comprehensive history of the most complicated, diverse, and misunderstood part of the American Civil War.

Published 6/13/2018

BALLARD: William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones (2017)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

...a balanced and solid biography of one of the Civil War's more obscure figures.

Published 6/6/2018

WILLIAMS: Georgia's Civil War (2017)

By: John C. Kennedy Category: Book Reviews

Women, enslaved African Americans, and upper-class planters determined the parameters within which the Confederate military effort would succeed or fail on the battlefield.

Published 5/30/2018

CONNOLE: The Civil War and the Subversion of American Indian Sovereignty (2017)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

The end of the Civil War ultimately brought no peace to the Indian Territory....

Published 5/23/2018

WILLS: Inglorious Passages (2017)

By: Clayton Butler Category: Book Reviews

Wills' study...underscores the sheer ubiquity of death that descended upon the nation between 1861 and 1865.

Published 5/16/2018

COOK: Civil War Memories (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

The massacre at Mother Emanuel simultaneously underscores the endurance of Civil War memory in the contemporary United States and the extent to which Americans still struggle, often violently, to control the fundamental meanings of those memories.

Published 5/9/2018

MACKOWSKI & WHITE (eds.): Turning Points of the American Civil War (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Historic turning points can hinge on the stroke of a pen or a turn in the road.

Published 5/2/2018

JORDAN (ed.): The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book (2018)

By: Jonathan W. White Category: Book Reviews

[Charles Lamar's] correspondence is a particular boon for historians of the slave trade...

Published 4/25/2018

RHEA: On to Petersburg (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Fortunately, this classic campaign has a chronicler worthy of its singular importance to the Union's ultimate victory.

Published 4/18/2018

POWELL: Battle Above the Clouds (2017)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Ulysses Grant famously described the Battle of Lookout Mountain as "all poetry."