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Book Review: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave By Frederick Douglass, Introduction by Scott C. Williamson Mercer University Press, 2021, $16.00 paperback Reviewed by David T. Dixon Frederick Douglass hardly needs an introduction to students of the American … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac By Adolfo Ovies Savas Beatie, 2021, $34.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Adolfo Ovies has undertaken a massive project in writing a three-volume history … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg Besieged

Vicksburg Besieged Edited by Steve E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear Southern Illinois Press, 2020, $29.50 hardback Reviewed by Sean M. Chick It is inevitable that as Ulysses S. Grant’s stock has risen over the decades, more books on Vicksburg … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marriage on the Border

Marriage on the Border: Love, Mutuality, and Divorce in the Upper South during the Civil War By Allison Dorothy Fredette University Press of Kentucky, 2020, $60 hardcover   Reviewed by Meg Groeling   Allison Dorothy Fredette’s Marriage on the Border: Love, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge

  The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge By Brad Asher University of Kentucky Press, 2021, $45.00 hardcover Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot Stephen Burbridge is not a name that leaps … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman By Brian Holden Reid Oxford University Press, 2020 $34.95 Reviewed by Derek D. Maxfield There is no shortage of biographies of William Tecumseh Sherman. Although Civil War studies are seemingly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Soldier Parrott

Soldier Parrott: The Incredible Story of America’s First Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient By J. North Conway Lyons Press, 2021 $28.95 hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon The daring theft of a locomotive on the Western and Atlantic Railroad in … Continue reading

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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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