Category Archives: Book Review

Civil War Cookin’: It’s Just A Book Review

Well, it’s a couple days after Thanksgiving and since we’ve already “decked the halls with boughs of holly” (at least at my home), it’s probably time to wrap up Civil War Cookin‘ for 2017. If you’ve been intrigued by the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls, Escaped Slave Turned Union Hero

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Eric Sterner Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls, Escaped Slave Turned Union Hero.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017 Lately, public discussions of Civil War memorials have … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time”

In the midst of the traditional military studies about bayonets and bugles, it can be easy to forget the thousands stories of those behind the lines. A new book about a relief worker in Alexandria, Virginia seeks to re-focus the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Double Canister At Ten Yards”

 There’s a saying among Civil War historians, it might be old but no one is really sure of it’s earliest origins. The saying goes that if 10,000 books have been written on the American Civil War, 9,000 of them have … Continue reading

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A Place for Historical Fiction: Savas Beatie Tests the Waters

Really? Savas Beatie published a novel? No way! . . . and then I talked to publisher Ted Savas. The following is an interview concerning the publication of Six Days in September, a novel of Lee’s army in Maryland, 1862.

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Book Review: “On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864”

I’m not a fan of writing traditional book reviews. I suppose it reminds me too much of my standard weekly assignments during all four undergrad years as a history major at the University of Illinois. Gordon Rhea’s latest publication, On … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Meade and Lee After Gettysburg”

On July 14, 1863, Federal cavalry clashed with a rearguard of Confederate infantry along the banks of the Potomac River. The action not too far from Williamsport, Maryland was quick and bloody before the Federal troopers retreated and the Confederate … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Discovering Gettysburg”

Gettysburg seems a historical anomaly. Standing at the High Water Mark near the center of the Union battle line on Cemetery Ridge, one can peer south and west. With the exception of cars zooming by on the Emmitsburg Road, barely … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Death of An Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee”

Throughout his career as a soldier, Robert E. Lee commanded tens of thousands of men in combat, and thousands died for him. If one starts with Lee’s first combat duty in the Mexican War during the 1840s, a question arises: … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Top Ten at Gettysburg”

When it comes to Gettysburg, there is no doubt that it is the Civil War’s most famous battle. With that fame comes legions of authors who pour out a staggering amount of material covering the campaign in the summer of … Continue reading

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