Category Archives: Books & Authors

Reading and Re-Reading Some Civil War Fiction

I recently reviewed Ralph Peters’ newest Civil War novel, Darkness at Chancellorsville, for Civil War Monitor (you can read that review here). It was an enjoyable read by an author with a gift for capturing the essence of a character … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Robert E. Lee and The Guns of the South: 1992 vs. 2019

In the 1990s it was common enough at my New Orleans high school to see copies of Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South. It offered a beguiling and humorous image of Robert E. Lee in his classic pose, only … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: I Will Always Love “Little Women”

My name is Meg, so that should be enough said, but I was not–alas!–named for author Louisa May Alcott’s oldest daughter in the March family of Concord, Massachusetts. I never miss an opportunity to see a movie based on this … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory”

“Slavery, slavery, slavery! All this talk about slavery is spoiling the Old South Plantation Christmas celebrations!” Or so might Miss Scarlett complain. Robert E. May’s latest book, Yuletide in Dixie, is focused clearly on the irony of two competing mythologies concerning … Continue reading

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Additional Podcast Resources: “Let’s Talk History Books”

Did you enjoy the latest episode of the ECW Podcast which released last week? If you haven’t heard it yet, head over to our Patreon page and you’ll be able to subscribe, listen, and download at your convenience. Now, we’re … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Let’s Talk History Books!” Is Now Available

Books are a huge part of the culture in the Civil War community. So let’s talk books, this  week, on the Emerging Civil War podcast. Ted Savas and Sarah Keeney from Savas Beatie join Chris Mackowski to discuss favorite volumes … Continue reading

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Filling in the Back Issues

I recently helped my university, St. Bonaventure, acquire a huge collection of back issues of Civil War News. “We have a strong interest in public history in Bonaventure’s history program, and Civil War News is an excellent example of that … Continue reading

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The Importance of Finding the Original Source

When it comes to reading history, I’m a slow reader. Usually, every time I see a superscript number at the end of a sentence or paragraph, I’ll flip to the back of the book to see the source. I’m a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/9-12/15/19

We’re working on our holiday gift lists…and we’re curious: what books are on your wish list? There have been so many new releases for Civil War titles this year and of course a gazillion of publications about the war since … Continue reading

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The Spirits of Bad Men Now Available

We spend a lot time around here talking about our work on the Emerging Civil War Series published by Savas Beatie—of which we are immensely proud—but we do have a second book series, too: the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published … Continue reading

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