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Published 7/15/2020

WOODS: Arguing Until Doomsday (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Arguing Until Doomsday" is one of the most engaging and accessible histories of the pre-Civil War Democratic Party to date.

Published 7/8/2020

WOODWORTH & GREAR (eds.): Vicksburg Besieged (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

The contributors to "Vicksburg Besieged" supply welcome new perspectives on a pivotal moment in Civil War history.

Published 7/1/2020

NELSON: The Three-Cornered War (2020)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

In "The Three-Cornered War," Megan Kate Nelson accomplishes the rare feat of providing a new perspective on the Civil War...

Published 6/24/2020

WOLZ: Grand Army Women (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Robert J. Wolz recalls the work of postwar northern women’s organizations in "Grand Army Women."

Published 6/17/2020

MINGUS & WINGERT: Targeted Tracks (2019)

By: Jason Tercha Category: Book Reviews

"Targeted Tracks" tells the Civil War story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad....

Published 6/10/2020

RICHARDSON: How the South Won the Civil War (2020)

By: Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders Category: Book Reviews

Heather Cox Richardson's "How the South Won the War" advances the field of Civil War studies and Civil War memory beyond the history of commemoration....

Published 6/3/2020

BARNEY: Rebels in the Making (2020)

By: Melissa DeVelvis Category: Book Reviews

"Rebels in the Making" by William A. Barney is a recommended, in-depth primer to secession for academics and classrooms alike.

Published 5/27/2020

HANNA: Abraham Among the Yankees (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

In September 1848, a virtually unknown, thirty-nine-year-old Illinois congressman named Abraham Lincoln lurched north on an urgent political errand.

Published 5/20/2020

STEWART: Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies (2019)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

John Stewart did a yeoman job of searching the archives for "Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies."

Published 5/13/2020

RYAN & SCHAUS: "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" (2019)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

Exhaustive research, keen analysis, and lively narrative marks "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" as a definitive contribution to the field.