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Published 10/19/2016

PETERSON: Confederate Cabinet Departments and Secretaries (2016)

By: C. Michael Harrington Category: Book Reviews

This is the first book in more than 70 years to provide an overview of the six departments of the executive branch of the Confederate government, as well as sketches of the men who headed each department.

Published 10/12/2016

MORGANS: Grenville Mellen Dodge in the Civil War (2016)

By: Robert Grandchamp Category: Book Reviews

Morgans...presents a brief biography of one of the all but forgotten players who made victory for the Union possible.

Published 10/5/2016

BRENNEMAN, BOARDMAN & DOWLING: The Gettysburg Cyclorama (2015)

By: Tyler Sperrazza Category: Book Reviews

This book serves as a "myth-buster," a historical reference, and a key to the newly restored Cyclorama at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Published 9/28/2016

GALLAGHER & WAUGH: The American War (2015)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

While individuals with a general interest in the Civil War era would certainly benefit from reading this book, those who teach Civil War era history will find this book a useful foundation upon which to build a course.

Published 9/21/2016

BARRINGER: Fighting for General Lee (2016)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Rufus Barringer's fighting took place on the fringes of the armies, in often unsung skirmishes and campaigns.

Published 9/14/2016

GRAMM: Sharpsburg (2015)

By: Chris Mackowski Category: Book Reviews

Creative writers can comment on history in ways that historians never can; they can reveal truths about history that historians can never expose.

Published 9/7/2016

HESS: Braxton Bragg (2016)

By: Nate Buman Category: Book Reviews

Hess asserts that Bragg did the best that he could with what he had at his disposal. He argues successfully that no other southern commander could have done better due to the overwhelming territory that Bragg had to defend...and the lack of reliable generals under his command.

Published 8/31/2016

BRETZGER: Observing Hancock at Gettysburg (2016)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

Gettysburg has defined Hancock's career more than any other engagement.

Published 8/24/2016

SOKOLOSKY & SMITH: "To Prepare for Sherman's Coming" (2015)

By: Thomas M. Grace Category: Book Reviews

The authors display a mastery of the battlefield's swampy terrain...their study offers more than yet another drums and bugles account of a Civil War battle.

Published 8/17/2016

GALLAGHER & JANNEY (eds.): Cold Harbor to the Crater (2015)

By: Nate Buman Category: Book Reviews

...offers a concise, approachable view of the end of the Overland Campaign, introducing several thoughtful examples of just how uncertain the war's outcome remained in 1864.