Category Archives: Books & Authors

A Conversation with Carol Reardon (part two)

(part two in a series) I’m talking this week with Carol Reardon, whom I like to call the “grand dame” of Civil War history. As she explained in yesterday’s segment, her road to Civil War studies started in the field … Continue reading

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“Because of My Love for My Whole Adopted Country”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A couple of weekends ago, I made a drive to Antietam National Battlefield, and in an effort to support the battlefield and local economy, I felt it was fitting and proper to add to my library. … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Carol Reardon (part one)

(part one in a series) March is Women’s History Month, and as is our custom at Emerging Civil War, we like to highlight the roles women play in Civil War public history. This year, I was privileged to spend some … Continue reading

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BookChat with Brian Matthew Jordan, editor of The War Went On

Our Emerging Civil War colleague Brian Matthew Jordan has a new book hitting the shelves: The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans. The book is a collection of essays Brian co-edited with Evan Rothera (both of … Continue reading

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BookChat with David Silkenat, author of Raising the White Flag

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian David Silkenat, senior lecturer of American history at the University of Edinburgh. Silkenat is the author of Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the Civil … Continue reading

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Ellsworth in Mufti

I have spent the last few weeks choosing images for First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It is a big job, considering I have many–as in A LOT!–of images. Most of them involve … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Lincoln Takes Command: The Campaign to Seize Norfolk and the Destruction of the CSS Virginia.”

When the CSS Virginia steamed into Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862 and tore through the Federal ships there, naval warfare changed forever. An ironclad, the Virginia seemed impenetrable as the Federal vessels poured broadside after broadside at her. Though … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January—May 1864”

The Confederacy faced a series of ever-increasing problems by the winter of 1863-1864. Logistically, they were running out of supplies. Politically, the war that seemed to have no end to its bloody lists was wearing down the morale of the … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Breaking Down the “Truths” of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

ECW welcomes Nick Sacco. He’s authored an essay about Grant’s memoirs for the newest book and is here to share some additional perspective and thoughts… When it comes to biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, few arouse as much debate among … Continue reading

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On The March with E. L. Doctorow

Take a look for a moment at the opening sentence of E. L. Doctorow’s The March: At five in the morning, someone banging on the door and shouting, her husband, John, leaping out of bed, grabbing his rifle, and Roscoe … Continue reading

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