Category Archives: Books & Authors

We Are Such Stuff as Dreams: Ellsworth Predicts His Death

Boys, no doubt you felt surprised on hearing my orders to be in readiness at a moment’s notice, but I will explain all as far as I am allowed. Yesterday forenoon, I understood that a movement was to be made … Continue reading

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BookChat with Mark Flotow, editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Mark Flotow. Mr. Flotow is the editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, a new release from Southern Illinois University … Continue reading

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BookChat with Zachery Fry, author of A Republic in the Ranks

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Zachery Fry, assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Frey is the author of A Republic in the … Continue reading

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Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!

It took me by surprise, but my tears were joyful. With so many museums, etc. closed because of Covid-19, work on finding source information for the images in First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War … Continue reading

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Hellmira: My First Book

Although I grew up only 30 miles from Elmira, NY, the first time I heard the term “Hellmira” was when I was an undergraduate at SUNY Cortland.  I was shocked to learn that Elmira was home to a prisoner of … Continue reading

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The Civil War and General Jim Mattis: A Closer Look at Call Sign Chaos (Part 1)

The first time I heard Jim Mattis speak was in 2007.  As an Education Director for the U.S. Marine Corps, I attended then Lieutenant General Mattis’ seminar on the 1st Marine Division at the First Battle of Fallujah (2003).  This … Continue reading

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BookChat with Michael Woods, author of Arguing Until Doomsday

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Michael E. Woods, associate professor of history at Marshall University. Dr. Woods is the author of Arguing Until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle … Continue reading

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The Role of Governors in Governing

I have the pleasure of reviewing books for several entities, including Emerging Civil War. I have said here (and elsewhere) many times that the 21st Century is a direct product of the 19th. With sheltering in place (or “reenacting Vicksburg,” … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station”

Here’s an understatement: there have been a lot of books written about the American Civil War. Hundreds of them about Gettysburg; thousands about Lincoln; biographies, campaign monographs, and studies about the home front. You name it, there’s probably a plethora … Continue reading

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A Box of Hellmira

It’s always exciting to have a box of new ECW books show up on my doorstep. The latest package, arrived this week, was filled with Derek Maxfield’s new entry in the ECW Series, Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War … Continue reading

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