Tag Archives: Book Review

Book Review: The Civil War in Literature, Film, and Song

The Civil War in Literature, Film, and Song Edited by Chris Mackowski Southern Illinois University Press, 2020, $26.50 paperback. Reviewed by Stephen Davis When Chris Mackowski writes, in this engaging collection of essays, about “the Ken Burns effect,” he’s referring … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Wisconsin at Antietam: The Badger State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day

Sometimes you just need everything in one place–background, analysis, good quotes, orders of battle, pertinent illustrations, some politics, maps, context, chapter notes, and an easy-to-use-index. From cover to cover, this little gem–Cal Schoonover’s Wisconsin at Antietam: The Badger State’s Sacrifice on … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What We’ve Learned: Still A Lot of Work to Do

It seems kind of surreal that ten years have already passed since the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As we lace up our skates to embark on the 160th cycle, as it were, it’s a good question to ask: … Continue reading

Posted in 160th Anniversary | Tagged , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Book Review: Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War

Luckily for readers, Stephen M. Hood is a good writer. He is a collateral descendant of Confederate General John Bell Hood and takes his self-imposed charge to restore his ancestors’ good name and those of other Confederates very seriously. Patriots Twice goes … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Book Review, Books & Authors | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Three-Cornered War

1st Colorado, 1st New Mexico, Battle of Peralta, Juanita. Names not usually and immediately associated with the American Civil War lexicon. Yet far from the gory battlefields of Shiloh and Gettysburg, the conflict that erupted in 1861 also embroiled the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Book Review, Books & Authors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Book Review, Trans-Mississippi, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Battles, Book Review, Books & Authors | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Book Review, Books & Authors | Tagged , , | 7 Comments