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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 9/18/2019

DAVIS: The Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry (2019)

By: Alexandre F. Calliot Category: Book Reviews

George Armstrong Custer is a heroic yet tragic figure in the pantheon of America's military past...

Published 9/11/2019

MERTZ: Attack at Daylight and Whip Them (2019)

By: John Daley Category: Book Reviews

Mertz and the Emerging Civil War Series have given us excellent history in guidebook format.

Published 9/4/2019

POWELL: Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah (2019)

By: Jonathan M. Berkey Category: Book Reviews

Powell adds nuance and depth to a well-studied campaign.

Published 8/28/2019

GALLAGHER & GALLMAN (eds.): Civil War Places (2019)

By: Rebecca Howard Category: Book Reviews

The broad selection of scholars here...challenges readers to expand their own perspective on the conflict.

Published 8/21/2019

TACKACH: Lincoln and the Natural Environment (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

When Lincoln spoke about 'binding up the nation's wounds,' he almost certainly counted the landscape among them.

Published 8/14/2019

SILKENAT: Raising the White Flag (2019)

By: Eric Michael Burke Category: Book Reviews

If surrender never quite 'defined' the war, this book makes clear that it unquestionably suffused it.

Published 8/12/2019

The B&A Q&A: Kevin M. Levin

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: The Bookshelf

In his latest book, "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth" (to be published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press), Boston-based historian and educator Kevin M. Levin tackles the enduring

Published 8/7/2019

BIERLE: Call Out the Cadets (2019)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Bierle never loses sight of the fact that the battle did not occur in some remote hinterland, but rather in a larger community.

Published 7/31/2019

ELDER: That Bloody Hill (2017)

By: William Lee White Category: Book Reviews

Chickamauga was a grim first outing for the Alabamians.

Published 7/24/2019

REIDY: Illusions of Emancipation (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Reidy does not see a single point, a single event, or a single historical figure as responsible for emancipation.