Author Archives: Steve Davis

Trivia for the Battle of Manassas

Reflecting on the 160th of Manassas… One of my fondest take-aways from Jack Davis’s Battle at Bull Run was learning that Manassas came from a Jewish merchant, Manassa–whose home site came to be called Manassa’s Gap. Manasseh, by the way, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Trail Guide

The Complete Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Trail Guide By Brad Butkovich Historic Imagination, 2021, $21.95 paper Reviewed by Stephen Davis Hundreds of thousands of Civil War enthusiasts drive to Georgia to visit Chickamauga and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Parks, which are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War Battles of Macon

The Civil War Battles of Macon By Niels Eichhorn History Press, 2021, $21.99 paperback Reviewed by Stephen Davis In this work of astonishing mediocrity, Niels Eichhorn sets out to explain the handful of small engagements fought during the war near … Continue reading

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Fanny Gordon, Fanny Andrews

The wife of a certain gallant Confederate General compromised nothing of feminine dignity when she rushed through the streets of Winchester, regardless of Yankee shot and shell, striving to rally her husband’s flying columns. We’ve all got some good Civil … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Atlanta, Georgia

“A slight perceptible odor of Yankeedom.” This is how someone characterized Atlanta at the time of the war. The disparagement reflected the bustling business air about the city: clanking railroad cars, up-and-coming factories, thriving commercial center with plenty of merchants, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enduring Lost Cause

The Enduring Lost Cause: Afterlives of a Redeemer Nation Edited by Edward R. Crowther University of Tennessee Press, 2020, $70 hardcover Reviewed by Stephen Davis Just like The Dude in the Coen Brothers film, the Lost Cause abides. Edward Crowther … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederate Citadel

Confederate Citadel: Richmond and Its People at War By Mary A. DeCredico University Press of Kentucky, 2020, $50 hardcover Reviewed by Stephen Davis The bookshelf devoted to the Confederate capital is a considerable one, beginning with Sallie Putnam’s Richmond During … Continue reading

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My Civil War Evening with Jimmy Carter

Some years ago, I taught evening courses at Oglethorpe University in northeast Atlanta. One of my students, Lauren Gay, happened to work at the Jimmy Carter Center and Presidential Library. In August 2012 she arranged for me to give a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing War and Reunion

Writing War and Reunion:  Selected Civil War and Reconstruction Newspaper Editorials by William Gilmore Simms Edited by Jeffery J. Rogers University of South Carolina Press, 2020, $59.99 hardcover Reviewed by Stephen Davis Thank goodness for the academy. Across the country, … Continue reading

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When President Kennedy–and Professor Wiley–Stepped In

In the final report of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission, issued in 1968, Chairman Allan Nevins recalled “the great wave of popular interest in the Civil War” that led Congress to authorize the Commission in 1957. He also remembered … Continue reading

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