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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 5/22/2019

HOOD: The Army of Tennessee in Retreat (2018)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

On December 16, 1864, Union General George Thomas accomplished a goal that Civil War field commanders found to be unobtainable: the climactic destruction of an enemy army.

Published 5/15/2019

LONGACRE: Custer (2018)

By: Daniel Davis Category: Book Reviews

Longacre has breathed new life into Custer's career...

Published 5/8/2019

HESS: Fighting for Atlanta (2018)

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Book Reviews

Hess' insightful and fascinating study will remain the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future.

Published 5/1/2019

MARTIN: A Fierce Glory (2018)

By: Kevin Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

...a fast-flowing narrative that will keep the attention of seasoned Civil War readers and the general public alike.

Published 4/24/2019

ROBERTSON: River of Death (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

An authoritative analysis of how the rigors of campaigning affected command decisions and the experiences of common soldiers alike.

Published 4/17/2019

SELBY: Meade: The Price of Command, 1863-1865 (2018)

By: Jennifer M. Murray Category: Book Reviews

An important account of Meade's tenure as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

Published 4/10/2019

SOMMERVILLE: Aberration of Mind (2018)

By: Elias J. Baker Category: Book Reviews

Sommerville argues that a complete understanding of the New South depends on a deeper investigation of the emotional and psychological damage wrought by the war...

Published 4/3/2019

WITTENBERG: Holding the Line on the River of Death (2018)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

Wittenberg spares little detail for one day of action...a compelling case that Chickamauga was a three day battle.

Published 3/27/2019

SILBER: This War Ain't Over (2018)

By: Amy Fluker Category: Book Reviews

Civil War memory is complex, defying neat regional, racial, and political categorization.

Published 3/20/2019

MACKOWSKI: The Great Battle Never Fought (2018)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

...a valuable companion to a visit along Mine Run.