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Published 8/15/2018

LLOYD: Harbor of Spies (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Lloyd weaves a story of the political intricacies of Spanish Cuba, which served as a base for shipping munitions...through the federal blockade of southern ports during the Civil War.

Published 8/8/2018

LOPERFIDO (ed.): Death, Disease, and Life at War (2018)

By: Kevin R. Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

Loperfido has done the study of Civil War medicine a valuable service....

Published 8/1/2018

COLLINS: A Crooked River (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Collins pays particular attention to the U.S. Civil War, the French Intervention in Mexico, Reconstruction, and cattle rustling.

Published 7/25/2018

TAGG: The Generals of Shiloh (2017)

By: Gregory A. Mertz Category: Book Reviews

Tagg has not written a stand-alone book on the Battle of Shiloh, but rather a superb supplement that also reads well from cover to cover.

Published 7/18/2018

MALAVASIC: The F Street Mess (2017)

By: Michael Woods Category: Book Reviews

Since Congress began debating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, it has inspired torrents of words, from polemics and conspiracy theories to insider exposés and scholarly studies.

Published 7/11/2018

HESS: The Battle of Peach Tree Creek (2017)

By: Ryan Quint Category: Book Reviews

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek by Earl Hess is a solid work that fits neatly into the growing historiography of the Atlanta Campaign.

Published 7/4/2018

GREENE: A Campaign of Giants (2018)

By: Steven E. Sodergren Category: Book Reviews

To say that Greene's research is exhaustive does not quite do it justice...this first volume certainly establishes itself as essential reading for future scholars of the Petersburg Campaign.

Published 6/27/2018

FRENCH: Phantoms of the South Fork (2017)

By: Scott Thompson Category: Book Reviews

Steve French sheds light on an understudied Confederate partisan ranger unit: John and Jesse McNeill's Rangers.

Published 6/20/2018

CUTRER: Theater of a Separate War (2017)

By: Donald S. Frazier Category: Book Reviews

A comprehensive history of the most complicated, diverse, and misunderstood part of the American Civil War.

Published 6/13/2018

BALLARD: William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones (2017)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

...a balanced and solid biography of one of the Civil War's more obscure figures.