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 7/28/2021

WYNSTRA: No Place for Glory (2021)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

With "No Place for Glory," Robert Wynstra has established himself as one of the Gettysburg Campaign's most capable modern scholars.

Published 7/21/2021

WAITE: West of Slavery (2021)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

"West of Slavery" by Kevin Waite weaves together the stories of the South and the West to tell a continental narrative of political ambition, economic striving, and social transformation in the Civil War era.

Published 7/14/2021

TRAMMELL & TERRELL: Civil War Richmond (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell's "Civil War Richmond" is the latest in a recent spate of monographs, essay collections, and guidebooks pertaining to the city.

Published 7/7/2021

STAHL & BORDERS: Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain & Harpers Ferry (2021)

By: Eugene D. Schmiel Category: Book Reviews

Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders' "Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain & Harpers Ferry" achieves very well its objective of personalizing and picturing, literally, the reality of the Civil War for the common soldier during the critical Maryland campaign of 1862.

Published 6/30/2021

BIELSKI: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy (2021)

By: Riley Sullivan Category: Book Reviews

Mark F. Bielksi's "A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy" engages debates about where the Civil War was won and lost.

Published 6/23/2021

KENNING: Abandoned Coastal Defenses of Alabama (2021)

By: William Bailey Category: Book Reviews

"Abandoned Coastal Defenses of Alabama" suggests the historical and military importance of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.

Published 6/16/2021

HESS: Civil War Supply and Strategy (2020)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Civil War Supply and Strategy," Earl Hess contends that victory rode on the work of quartermasters and commissaries.

Published 6/9/2021

DUNKERLY & CRENSHAW: Embattled Capital (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw's "Embattled Capital" provides proper context and reasoned interpretation to readers, rising above the realm of a 'you are here' guidebook...

Published 6/2/2021

HUNT: Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Jeffrey William Hunt's "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station" is a deftly written, exhaustively researched, and profusely illustrated history of a neglected period.

Published 5/26/2021

NOE: The Howling Storm (2020)

By: Lindsay R.S. Privette Category: Book Reviews

Kenneth W. Noe's "The Howling Storm" is a magnum opus that successfully challenges historians to rethink all they have ever known of the war.