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 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.

Published 3/13/2019

WARD: The 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War (2018)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Those seeking a deeper understanding of the common soldier of the Army of the Potomac...will find Ward's regimental history...exceedingly beneficial.

Published 3/6/2019

RUBIN & MURPHY (eds.): The Perfect Scout (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Provide[s] the Civil War community with a better understanding of the complexities and dangers faced by scouts, guides, couriers, and escorts throughout the conflict

Published 2/27/2019

POWELL: The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave (2017)

By: Alexandre Caillot Category: Book Reviews

...offers much or those looking to master the narrative of the second costliest Civil War clash.

Published 2/20/2019

ARMISTEAD & ARCONTI: "An Arch Rebel Like Myself" (2018)

By: Evan Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Showalter's "was the name that became most associated in California with treason after the outbreak of the American Civil War."

Published 2/13/2019

WYNSTRA: At The Forefront of Lee's Invasion (2018)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Destined to become a staple for anyone seeking a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the Gettysburg Campaign's opening weeks.

Published 2/6/2019

BARNARD (ed.): An Aide to Custer (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Singelyn and Barnard have produced a useful volume of letters that detail an officer's perspective about military life and Custer.

Published 1/30/2019

BLOUNT: Wilson's Raid (2018)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Blount's dynamic prose moves with the celerity of Wilson's mounted columns.

Published 1/23/2019

SCHMIDT & BARKLEY: September Mourn (2018)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

The Dunker Church on the Antietam battlefield is one of the most iconic and distinctive buildings of the American Civil War.

Published 1/16/2019

BURLINGAME (ed.): Sixteenth President-in-Waiting (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Villard's newspaper dispatches are a rich resource for students of the Secession Winter.