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 12/1/2021

PROCKO: Rebel Correspondent (2021)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

"Rebel Correspondent" by Steve Procko offers glimpses into a Confederate cavalryman's experience in the Western Theater.

Published 11/24/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma (2021)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an informative, lively, and thought-provoking discussion of one of the Civil War's most pivotal seasons.

Published 11/17/2021

SWARTZ: Passing Through the Fire (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

In "Passing Through the Fire," Brian Swartz reaches beyond the Chamberlain mythology.

Published 11/10/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Gettysburg (2021)

By: Summer Perritt Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an engaging and diverse set of works exploring the Battle of Gettysburg.

Published 11/3/2021

HEBERT: Cornerstone of the Confederacy (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

The contents of the Cornerstone Speech are well known, but in "Cornerstone of the Confederacy," they take on new life and meaning.

Published 10/27/2021

HASEGAWA: Matchless Organization (2021)

By: Sarah Handley-Cousins Category: Book Reviews

Guy R. Hasegawa's "Matchless Organization" offers a clear, detailed, and thorough history of the Confederacy's military medical organization.

Published 10/20/2021

GERHARDT: Lincoln's Mentors (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Michael J. Gerhardt's "Lincoln's Mentors" is an original and satisfying biography for readers who think there is nothing new to say about the sixteenth president.

Published 10/13/2021

ASHTON: William Barksdale, CSA (2021)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

William Barksdale's life is often reduced to a single episode...the charge his brigade made at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.

Published 10/6/2021

MARTEN & JANNEY (eds.): Buying & Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Buying & Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America" reveals how the war, in ways big and small, continued to annex ordinary lives at century's end.

Published 9/29/2021

OVIES: The Boy Generals (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

A dual biography of George Custer and Wesley Merritt, Adolfo Ovies' "The Boy Generals" is based on an extensive array of primary sources.