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Book Review – Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command By Kent Masterson Brown University of North Carolina Press, 2021, $35 hardback Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw A common theme in the voluminous studies of the battle of Gettysburg is that Union General George … 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 Memoir of a Boy from Baltimore

The Civil War Memoir of a Boy from Baltimore Edited by Holly I. Powers University of Tennessee Press, 2021, $45.00 hardback Reviewed by Bert Dunkerly In 1861, 14- year-old George Maguire recorded his thoughts as tumultuous events unfolded in his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Social Justice

Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Social Justice By Bruce Levine Simon & Schuster, 2021 $28.00 hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon Bundled in blankets and borne aloft in a chair by two young men, Thaddeus Stevens entered the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Fire in the Wilderness

A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle Between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee By John Reeves Pegasus Books, 2021, $28.95 hardcover Reviewed by Kevin Pawlak Of all the awful places created by the American Civil War, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth  By Annette Gordon-Reed Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, $15.95 Reviewed by Jon Tracey Thanks to current discussions of inequality and increased reflection on the past, Juneteenth has grown from a Texas tradition to one that has garnered attention across … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, and the Meaning of the American Civil War

Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, and the Meaning of the American Civil War By Michael J. Turner LSU Press, 2020; $50.00, hardcover Reviewed by Chris Mackowski As the last year has powerfully reminded us, Civil War monuments all have stories to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Assault on Fort Blakeley

The Assault on Fort Blakeley: The Thunder and Lightning of Battle By Mike Bunn The History Press, 2020, $21.99 paperback Reviewed by Sean Michael Chick To understand what Mike Bunn is presenting in The Assault on Fort Blakeley, one really … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unsung Hero of Gettysburg

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg By Edward G. Longacre University of Nebraska Press, Potomac Books, 2021, $34.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw “I have seen no officer whom I would prefer to have … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage

The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage By John Harris Yale University Press, 2020, $30.00 hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon A large crowd gathered in the yard of a New York City jail … Continue reading

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