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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 5/25/2022

STAHR: Salmon P. Chase (2022)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Salmon P. Chase" by Walter Stahr is an admirable treatment of an oft-forgotten nineteenth century politician.

Published 5/18/2022

REMSEN & UPP: Back From Battle (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Back From Battle" documents the valuable role that Pennsylvania's Camp Discharge played in the war's final months.

Published 5/11/2022

JONUSAS: Hell's Half-Acre (2022)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Susan Jonusas's "Hell's Half-Acre" spotlights the Benders as particularly monstrous actors on a stage covered in the blood of conquest and post-Civil War racial strife.

Published 5/4/2022

WALTERS: Harriet Tubman (2022)

By: Holly Pinheiro, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Harriet Tubman" Kerry Walters adds historical depth to the well-known abolitionist's life.

Published 4/27/2022

WHITE: To Address You as My Friend (2021)

By: Brian R. Dirck Category: Book Reviews

"To Address You as My Friend" assembles a wonderfully rich and fascinating mosaic of the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of African Americans during the Civil War.

Published 4/20/2022

GROELING: First Fallen (2021)

By: Kevin McPartland Category: Book Reviews

"First Fallen" is a welcome addition to the literature that casts its gaze on the North and the men who rallied to the United States flag in 1861.

Published 4/13/2022

PETERS (ed.): Our Comfort in Dying (2021)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

In "Our Comfort in Dying," Jonathan W. Peters brings together significant works by a Virginian who was notable not only as one of those who “rode with Stonewall,” but also as a major spiritual and intellectual thinker in the Civil War South.

Published 4/6/2022

WHITE: A House Built By Slaves (2022)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

In "A House Built By Slaves," Jonathan W. White offers a narrative of Black Americans pushing the president toward emancipation and Lincoln listening to their arguments....

Published 3/30/2022

KORNBLITH & LASSER: Elusive Utopia (2018)

By: Cassandra Jane Werking Category: Book Reviews

Gary J. Kornblith and Carol Lasser's "Elusive Utopia" merges social, gender, political, and economic history while foregrounding the voices of Black and white Oberlinians.

Published 3/23/2022

GALLGHER & CUSHMAN (eds.): Civil War Witnesses and Their Books (2021)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Civil War Witnesses" collects eight, carefully crafted and extensively researched essays.