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 10/17/2018

BLIGHT: Frederick Douglass (2018)

By: Hilary Green Category: Book Reviews

This biography is an essential text that will shape academic scholarship...and perhaps even inspire a Broadway musical.

Published 10/10/2018

CROON (ed.): The War Outside My Window (2018)

By: Anya Jabour Category: Book Reviews

LeRoy's diary charts both his own painful physical disintegration and death and the Confederacy's equally tortuous path to destruction and defeat.

Published 10/3/2018

EMERSON (ed.): "Don't tell father I have been shot at" (2018)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

The publication of the letters and diaries of Civil War officers and men appears to continue unabated.

Published 9/26/2018

THOMAS: Wade Hampton's Iron Scouts (2018)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

...a look at Confederate unit that has commanded precious little attention from historians and scholars.

Published 9/19/2018

GURA: Man's Better Angels (2017)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Americans could be convinced to address their national sin through systematic action: the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens on the battlefield.

Published 9/12/2018

HARDY: Kirk's Civil War Raids Along the Blue Ridge (2018)

By: Aaron Astor Category: Book Reviews

Hardy lays out the complex politics of loyalty along the East Tennessee-Western North Carolina state line...

Published 9/5/2018

NASH: Reconstruction's Ragged Edge (2016)

By: Adam H. Domby Category: Book Reviews

Appalachia...is central to understanding North Carolina's Reconstruction.

Published 8/29/2018

HARDY: General Lee's Immortals (2018)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Combining rigorous research an an innovative organization...demonstrates what an exceptional unit history can teach us about the Civil War.

Published 8/22/2018

PFANZ: Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (2018)

By: Rebecca Capobianco Category: Book Reviews

Graves crest Marye's Heights, and Union soldiers now occupy the land they could not reach in December 1862.

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.