Category Archives: Books & Authors

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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Question of the Week: 10/16-10/22/17

In your opinion, what’s the best biography of a Union general? What makes it “the best”?

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Preservation Victory at Bristoe Station

Great news from our friends at the Civil War Trust! On this, the anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, the Trust announces more hallowed ground saved at this northern Virginia battlefield. Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division will be … Continue reading

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“If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox” by James Thurber

James Thurber (1894-1961) was an American author, cartoonist, playwright and celebrated wit. He published mostly in the magazine The New Yorker and loved to poke fun at things other people took perhaps a little too seriously. Here is one of my … Continue reading

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“If We Fail Now the North Has no Hope:” The Antietam Campaign of 1862

The Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, August 3-5, 2018, will focus on Turning Points of the American Civil War. We were excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be retired Gettysburg National Military Park Supervisory Historian Scott Hartwig. … Continue reading

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Eric Wittenberg Rides the “Whirlwind” at Bennett Place

“We Ride a Whirlwind”: Sherman and Johnston at Bennett Place is award-winning historian Eric J. Wittenberg’s 20th published book on the Civil War. Unlike almost all of his other works, this is not a battle study. Rather, it’s a detailed look at the nine … Continue reading

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On to On to Petersburg!

I don’t know about you, but for years, I have been anxiously awaiting the completion in Gordon Rhea’s epic study of the Overland Campaign. Knowing that the release of the final chapter was pending, I have been ridiculously excited for … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/11-9/17/17

We’re enjoying Kevin Pawlak’s collection of primary sources related to the 1862 Maryland Campaign. So…we had to ask: What’s your all-time favorite primary source from the Civil War? Why?

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The Union Cavalry Comes of Age Returns

I am often asked what’s my favorite of my various books. Inevitably, I answer, “That’s not fair. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite toe.” I wouldn’t undertake the cost, time, or effort to write books if I didn’t … Continue reading

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With Lee in Leesburg: Harrison Hall

On the night of September 5, 1862 a lot must have been going through Lee’s mind as he went to bed in the home of Henry and Jane Harrison in Leesburg. A few days before he informed Confederate President Davis … Continue reading

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