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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 5/27/2020

HANNA: Abraham Among the Yankees (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

In September 1848, a virtually unknown, thirty-nine-year-old Illinois congressman named Abraham Lincoln lurched north on an urgent political errand.

Published 5/20/2020

STEWART: Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies (2019)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

John Stewart did a yeoman job of searching the archives for "Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies."

Published 5/13/2020

RYAN & SCHAUS: "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" (2019)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

Exhaustive research, keen analysis, and lively narrative marks "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" as a definitive contribution to the field.

Published 5/6/2020

CONNON: Iowa Confederates in the Civil War (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

David Connon's is an intimate and thought-provoking work which challenges notions of Northern hegemony...

Published 4/29/2020

HUGHES: Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War (2019)

By: Frank Jastrzembski Category: Book Reviews

Mark Hughes' "Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War" is a short but comprehensive guide on the Confederate soldier...it should be added to every Civil War enthusiast's bookshelf.

Published 4/22/2020

DOMBY: The False Cause (2020)

By: Amy Laurel Fluker Category: Book Reviews

A thoroughly engaging read, Adam Domby's "The False Cause" exposes the outrageous falsehoods that underpinned the Lost Cause.

Published 4/15/2020

FLOTOW: In Their Letters, In Their Words (2019)

By: Kathleen Thompson Category: Book Reviews

Editor Mark Flotow’s "In Their Letters, In Their Words" is a valuable read for those interested an the on-the-ground perspective of the war.

Published 4/8/2020

BARREYRE: Gold and Freedom (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Gold and Freedom," Nicolas Barreyre seeks to broaden the scope, geographic as well as temporal, of Reconstruction.

Published 4/1/2020

STARRETT: Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder (2019)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

In "Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder and the Civil War," Ryan Starrett has produced an excellent, if limited local history...

Published 3/25/2020

CROWE: Caught in the Maelstrom (2019)

By: Carrie Fudickar Category: Book Reviews

Clint Crowe's "Caught in the Maelstrom" shows that the Indian Territory is a fertile field for future research....