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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 12/14/2016

UNGER: Henry Clay (2015)

By: Songho Ha Category: Book Reviews

The two main themes in the book are Clay's nationalism and his influence on a young Abraham Lincoln.

Published 12/7/2016

BACKUS & ORRISON: A Want of Vigilance (2015)

By: Tommy Brown Category: Book Reviews

Orrison and Backus have produced a readable and entertaining look into one of the war's lesser known campaigns.

Published 11/30/2016

DIXON & KWAPISZ: Civil War Adventure (2015)

By: Alexandre Caillot Category: Book Reviews

....this tome deftly balances the sobering and the sentimental in its range of short stories and longer dramas.

Published 11/23/2016

ROBERTSON: The Red River Campaign and Its Toll (2016)

By: Christopher Gwinn Category: Book Reviews

Not unlike the winding waterway upon which it unfolded, the history of the Red River Campaign has remained as murky as the water of the river itself.

Published 11/23/2016

BIGGS: They Fought For the Union (2016)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

It appears that no stone was left unturned in the author's quest to portray the individual and collective performance of the men of this regiment.

Published 11/16/2016

RABLE: Damn Yankees! (2015)

By: Lorien Foote Category: Book Reviews

Dehumanizing an enemy during wartime helps participants to kill, provides a justification for why the war is worth fighting, and helps create a national identity.

Published 11/9/2016

WONGSRICHANALAI: Northern Character (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

Wongsrichanalai traces the intellectual lineage of elite white New Englanders before, during, and after the American Civil War.

Published 11/2/2016

WITTENBERG & DAVIS: Out Flew the Sabres (2016)

By: Robert Grandchamp Category: Book Reviews

Through a combination of detailed maps and photographs, this book will serve as a fantastic introduction to a decisive Civil War battle that established the Union cavalry in the eastern theater as masters of the field.

Published 11/2/2016

WITTENBERG & MINGUS: The Second Battle of Winchester (2016)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

Wittenberg and Mingus offer a new look at the engagement that eliminated the Union military presence in the Shenandoah Valley and cleared the way for Lee's second invasion of the North.

Published 10/26/2016

BYRD: Confederate Sharpshooter Major William E. Simmons (2016)

By: David Schieffler Category: Book Reviews

...a well-written book that recounts the operational details of an accomplished Confederate battalion and the exploits of one of its leaders.