Category Archives: Books & Authors

Book Review: “The Limits of Loyalty: Ordinary People in Civil War Mississippi”

Easy as it is to imagine the Confederacy made up of a solid group of Union-hating slave owners and their friends, the reality of the situation is much more complex. Jarrett Ruminski, a freelance writer, researcher, and consultant, investigates this … Continue reading

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Civil War Books For Your Wish List

Books are essential to Civil War studies. Many of us became interested in history because we read a well-written book. Last weekend I shared a 2017 Gift List for Civil War enthusiasts and one of the list’s bragging points was … Continue reading

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Simply Murder: The New, Expanded Edition Now Available

Today is the 155th anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg. Because many ECW historians are based in the Fredericksburg area or have worked at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, we’ve written about the battle of Fredericksburg a lot over … Continue reading

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Harry Turtledove, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the Beatles

You’ve got Turtledove’s Fort Pillow (2006)? Turn to page 140, and a Tennessee cavalryman cries, “Get back, Jojo!” …which has led me over these years to wonder if the esteemed author sprinkles a Beatles lyrics line into his other novels—alternative fiction, science … Continue reading

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The Civil War Monitor Almanac

[Editor’s Note: Our current discussion on “turning points” reminded Steve Davis of something that caught his eye in the recent Civil War Monitor Almanac….] “We hope that what follows will give our readers something substantial to ponder,” editor Terry Johnston … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/4-12/10/17

It’s holiday season… What Civil War book is on your wish list? Or is there a Civil War Christmas book that you’d recommend?

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The ’64 Valley Campaign: Solidifying Lincoln’s Election but Not a Turning Point

In the midst of our ongoing ‘Turning Points’ discussion last week, someone asked me last week if I thought Sheridan’s 1864 Valley Campaign was a turning point. I gave this very question a lot of thought when Phill Greenwalt and … Continue reading

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Now Available: Turning Points of the American Civil War

We’ve received word from our partners at Southern Illinois University Press that “books are in the warehouse.” Turning Points of the American Civil War has arrived—the first volume in our new “Engaging the Civil War” Series with SIUP! “This collection … Continue reading

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Preparing for Turning Points

Earlier this fall, we let you know about the upcoming release of our first book in the new “Engaging the Civil War” Series that ECW is publishing with Southern Illinois University Press: Turning Points of the American Civil War. We’re … 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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