The Bookshelf

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 2/8/2017

PENN: Kentucky Rebel Town (2016)

By: Jacob A. Glover Category: Book Reviews

Penn's efforts to recreate the military struggle in Harrison County are a resounding success.

Published 2/1/2017

LEIGH: The Confederacy at Flood Tide (2016)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

...the author is able to avid the talismanic allure of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, thus eschewing the oft-repeated contention that the Confederacy's best chance at independence came and went in July 1863.

Published 1/25/2017

CONNER & MACKOWSKI: Seizing Destiny (2016)

By: Ryan Bixby Category: Book Reviews

Those interested in studying the Army of the Potomac's command structure and implementation of military policies will find value within the detailed and well-researched discussion of these topics.

Published 1/18/2017

BEILEIN: Bushwhackers (2016)

By: Brian D. McKnight Category: Book Reviews

Beilein's book should be read by everyone interested in Missouri's turbulent Civil War experience, and it will certainly become a staple on the reading lists that help train the next generation...

Published 1/11/2017

O'HARROW: The Quartermaster (2016)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

O'Harrow's thorough, masterfully crafted, and impeccably researched biography is destined to become the authoritative volume on Meigs.

Published 1/4/2017

BEAN: Too Great a Burden to Bear (2016)

By: Hilary Green Category: Book Reviews

...a timely reassessment of one of the most misunderstood agencies at the center of the debate over the meaning of the Civil War...

Published 1/4/2017

SMITH: Scarred (2016)

By: Angela Riotto Category: Book Reviews

...illustrates how the violence of war is not just limited to the battlefront (and how it continued to affect those involved long after the guns fell silent).

Published 12/28/2016

CARPENTER: Gaston County, North Carolina, in the Civil War (2016)

By: Joshua Shiver Category: Book Reviews

Shockingly, even as the Confederate economy collapsed and Union soldiers marched through the South liberating slaves, the war effort actually promoted the institution of slavery in Gaston County.

Published 12/21/2016

RAY (ed.): Sharpshooter (2016)

By: Jared Frederick Category: Book Reviews

[Blackford's] letters strip away the romanticized veneer of the Lost Cause...a revealing testament about life and death in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Published 12/14/2016

MACKOWSKI, WHITE & DAVIS: Don't Give an Inch (2016)

By: Jared Peatman Category: Book Reviews

Heading to Gettysburg sometime soon, and looking for a book to help guide you through the fighting on the second day of the battle?