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Published 12/23/2020

CHATELAIN: Defending the Arteries of Rebellion (2020)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

Comprehensive is perhaps the best adjective to describe Neil P. Chatelain's "Defending the Arteries of Rebellion."

Published 12/16/2020

McDONOUGH: William Tecumseh Sherman (2016)

By: Mitchell G. Klingenberg Category: Book Reviews

James Lee McDonough's "William Tecumseh Sherman" is a capable and often moving biography of a worthy subject.

Published 12/9/2020

ZVENGROWSKI: Jefferson Davis, Napoleonic France, and the Nature of Confederate Ideology (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Internal division within the Confederacy, Jeffrey Zvengrowski claims, had less to do with class and more to do with politics...

Published 12/2/2020

HESS: Storming Vicksburg (2020)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Earl Hess' "Storming Vicksburg" is an effective battle history that moves beyond strategy and tactics to embrace the broader mosaic of the Civil War military experience.

Published 11/25/2020

GOTTFRIED: The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign (2020)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign" makes excellent use of primary accounts penned by Union and Confederate cavalrymen....

Published 11/18/2020

FUOSS: Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg (2020)

By: Rory Cornish Category: Book Reviews

Jarrad Fuoss has made a useful contribution to understanding the symbolism of the "Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg" and its place in American memory.

Published 11/11/2020

TAYLOR: Fighting for Citizenship (2020)

By: Robert Colby Category: Book Reviews

Brian Taylor's "Fighting for Citizenship" gives nuance to a debate that is all too often limited to an invocation of the famous 'Men of Color! To Arms' poster...

Published 11/4/2020

TAYLOR (ed.): My Dear Nelly (2020)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"My Dear Nelly" reveals Orlando Poe to be a man of both ability and no little ego, but one who struggled for distinction in the field and for control over affairs at home.

Published 10/28/2020

BUTLER: Unforgiven (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Unforgiven" presents a unique, tense, and absorbing twist on an unprecedented moment in U.S. Civil War and judicial history.

Published 10/21/2020

DUNBAR: She Came to Slay (2019)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

"She Came to Slay" is a model of how to write an engaging text for a younger, general audience.