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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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Book Review: Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War, 1861-1865

Once in a while, someone will comment on just how there can be so many books about one topic–the American Civil War. There is a definable reason for this phenomenon: fighting the Civil War was a job undertaken by many, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three Battles of Sand Creek

Sand Creek. I’d been reading about the Civil War for probably a full ten years before I’d ever heard about it. Granted, it’s an incident that aligns more with the Plains Wars than the Civil War, but considering the event … Continue reading

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Book Review: Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864

How many Johnsonville experts do we have out there? Anyone? No no…not the sausage. To be honest the little I knew about Johnsonville, Tennessee related to the 100th USCT Infantry, a unit that included several men from my hometown and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Hymns of the Republic”

When the topic of the Civil War’s turning points come up, the traditional answers have always included the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, or Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently, though, historians have advanced the idea of 1864 as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight Rising

…follow him they did, swearing allegiance to his revolutionary government and marching into Virginia to found a new order. Within two years, entire armies would cross the Potomac, and this obscured the magnitude of what happened in 1859. The street … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered

I have long believed that Civil War prisoner of war facilities were the final frontier in Civil War scholarship.  Under-explored and under-appreciated, it has only been relatively recently that POW camps began to be researched and monographs written. A recent … Continue reading

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Book Review—Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Varnold. Understanding the life of the most famous and most outspoken black abolitionist in American history is no easy task, but David W. Blight has spent most of his career attempting to simplify a … Continue reading

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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is a strong and enlightening new book by Joanne B. Freeman, professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. She is not necessarily known as a Civil … Continue reading

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Book Review: “September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield”

War transforms a landscape. It turns peaceful farm fields into battlefields and burial grounds. Homes and churches become riddled with shot and shell and serve as hospitals in the gruesome aftermath. Some of those landscapes and buildings were forever altered; some … Continue reading

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