Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review: Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War

Luckily for readers, Stephen M. Hood is a good writer. He is a collateral descendant of Confederate General John Bell Hood and takes his self-imposed charge to restore his ancestors’ good name and those of other Confederates very seriously. Patriots Twice goes … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General”

In Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General, author David Dixon rescues another “B” list historical figure from obscurity and puts him front and center in the American and German narrative. Dixon, a public historian and Civil … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Fool’s Errand. By One of the Fools: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction

For historians, reading is a full-time job. Nothing is too insignificant not to read, from cereal boxes to torn bits of paper with evidence of pencil scratches. Reading books popular during a specific period of the past is an excellent … Continue reading

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Book Review: America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War

It is not often that one reads a book on a specific subject written by a person who has been awarded for attempting to get rid of the topic itself. Author Kenneth R. Rutherford gives readers such an opportunity with … Continue reading

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The Resonance of The Field of Blood

I recently finished reading The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman, and in all honesty, I can’t remember a history book that seemed more relevant or resonant. Published in 2018, … Continue reading

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The Role of Governors in Governing

I have the pleasure of reviewing books for several entities, including Emerging Civil War. I have said here (and elsewhere) many times that the 21st Century is a direct product of the 19th. With sheltering in place (or “reenacting Vicksburg,” … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station”

Here’s an understatement: there have been a lot of books written about the American Civil War. Hundreds of them about Gettysburg; thousands about Lincoln; biographies, campaign monographs, and studies about the home front. You name it, there’s probably a plethora … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cornfield, Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point

Alongside Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle and Shiloh’s Hornet’s Nest, the fighting in David Miller’s Cornfield on the Antietam battlefield ranks as one of the toughest Civil War landscapes to make any sense of. It should then come as no surprise that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Custer’s Gray Rival

Biographies abound of the Confederacy’s more well-known cavalry officers, especially J. E. B. Stuart and Nathan Bedford Forrest. But similar works detailing the lives of the next tier of Confederate cavaliers are less easy to find. Sheridan R. Barringer’s Custer’s Gray … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Cornered War

1st Colorado, 1st New Mexico, Battle of Peralta, Juanita. Names not usually and immediately associated with the American Civil War lexicon. Yet far from the gory battlefields of Shiloh and Gettysburg, the conflict that erupted in 1861 also embroiled the … Continue reading

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