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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 8/10/2022

CHICK: Dreams of Victory (2022)

By: Wesley Moody Category: Book Reviews

Sean Michael Chick's "Dreams of Victory" asks some interesting questions and brings to life the old controversies.

Published 8/3/2022

DAVIS & BELL (eds.): The Whartons' War (2022)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"The Whartons' War" is a voluminous collection covering over three years of the war with no significant gaps.

Published 7/27/2022

BURGE: A Failed Vision of Empire (2022)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Daniel J. Burge's "A Failed Vision of Empire" is a well-written, deeply researched, and provocative book.

Published 7/20/2022

SIMPSON: All for the Union (2022)

By: Eric Michael Burke Category: Book Reviews

John A. Simpson's "All for the Union" offers yet another lens through which to trace the timeworn trail of the embattled Army of the Potomac.

Published 7/13/2022

ALFORD: In The Houses of Their Dead (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Terry Alford's spellbinding "In The Houses of Their Dead" makes important interventions in both Civil War scholarship and Lincoln studies.

Published 7/6/2022

EMBERTON: To Walk About in Freedom (2022)

By: Cooper H. Wingert Category: Book Reviews

Carole Emberton's "To Walk About in Freedom" is a remarkable microhistory centered around one formerly enslaved woman’s FWP interview.

Published 6/29/2022

NUSSBAUM (ed.): Gettysburg (2022)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Ben Nussbaum's "Gettysburg" features an impressive collection of short essays by several scholars.

Published 6/15/2022

PURCELL: Spectacle of Grief (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Spectacle of Grief" by Sarah J. Purcell is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the paradoxes of American nationalism, either in the Civil War era or today.

Published 6/8/2022

HARDING: Gettysburg's Lost Love Story (2022)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Gettysburg's Lost Love Story" by Jeffrey J. Harding is told with verve and a keen eye for descriptive detail.

Published 6/1/2022

ELDER: Love & Duty (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Love & Duty" by Angela Esco Elder demonstrates that not all Confederate widows midwifed the Lost Cause.