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Published 9/14/2022

COWIE: When Hell Came to Sharpsburg (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Steven Cowie's "When Hell Came to Sharpsburg" offers the most comprehensive accounting to date of all that a Civil War battle did to an individual community.

Published 9/7/2022

KNUDSEN: James Longstreet and the American Civil War (2022)

By: A.J. Blaylock Category: Book Reviews

Harold M. Knudsen's "James Longstreet and the American Civil War" seeks to prove that the general possessed a strategic and tactical prowess exceeding the estimates of his postwar detractors.

Published 8/31/2022

BURTCH & BURTCH: W.G. (2022)

By: Brian Martin Category: Book Reviews

"W.G." presents a fascinating character whose life reflects the complex and often troubled nature of nineteenth century America.

Published 8/24/2022

EDWARDS: Only the Clothes on Her Back (2022)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

Laura F. Edwards' "Only the Clothes on Her Back" is a compelling work of legal history, written with clarity and verve.

Published 8/17/2022

LITWACK: Been in the Storm So Long (1979)

By: Evan C. Jones Category: Book Reviews

Leon F. Litwack's "Been in the Storm" tapped into the grapevine telegraph...and set a higher standard for all subsequent social history of the United States.

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.