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Published 11/20/2019

GWYNNE: Hymns of the Republic (2019)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

S.C. Gwynne's "Hymns of the Republic" is "a readable narrative that carries readers from Ulysses S. Grant’s arrival in the Eastern Theater to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House."

Published 11/13/2019

DANIEL: Conquered (2019)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Larry J. Daniel's "Conquered: Why the Confederacy Failed" is a convincing original argument, a comprehensive historiographical essay, and a compelling narrative.

Published 11/6/2019

WALLER: Lincoln's Spies (2019)

By: Lawrence Kreiser, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Lincoln's Spies," Douglas Waller provides colorful detail on the lives and careers of Civil War spies...there is much material with which to work.

Published 10/30/2019

DIRCK: The Black Heavens (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Brian R. Dirck's "The Black Heavens" is the first book-length treatment of the sixteenth president's long relationship with death.

Published 10/23/2019

BLEVINS: The Conflicted Ozarks (2019)

By: Roy Wisecarver Category: Book Reviews

Brooks Blevins' "The Conflicted Ozarks" is superb study of a fascinating region during a tumultuous period of destruction and rebuilding.

Published 10/16/2019

SPARKS: Africans in the Old South (2016)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Africans in the Old South," Randy J. Sparks offers new perspectives about the slave trade, the Old South, and the Atlantic World.

Published 10/9/2019

HARROLD: American Abolitionism (2019)

By: Ashley Towle Category: Book Reviews

To what extent did the abolitionist movement bring about the end of slavery in the United States?

Published 10/2/2019

ENDRES & KURTZ (eds.): Soldiers of the Cross (2019)

By: Adam Tate Category: Book Reviews

Conyngham observed many chaplains at work...an important historical artifact.

Published 9/25/2019

HUNT: Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station (2019)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

...a very detailed account of this often-overlooked campaign.

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...