Category Archives: Books & Authors

A Poet’s Perspective: Herman Melville and the Civil War

It was November of 1860, and America had a new president. He was highly popular among the northern states, but he was widely disliked in the South. At the same time you have Herman Melville, famous for his 1851 novel … 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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New Team of Researchers Helps Grant with His Memoirs

When Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs, a small team of researchers helped him check facts and track down details. Now, 132 years after the release of those memoirs, a new team of fact-checkers and researchers has gone to work … Continue reading

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Grant’s Last Battle Redux

I’m always excited to have a box of my books show up on my doorstep from the printer. This week, it was the newly printed second edition of Grant’s Last Battle. As a parent, you’re not supposed to have a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/23-10/29/17

Last week, we asked about your favorite biography of a Union general. And to keep those book reviews and bookshelves balanced – well, you can probably guess this week’s question: In your opinion, what’s the best biography of a Confederate … 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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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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