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Book Review: “A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time”

In the midst of the traditional military studies about bayonets and bugles, it can be easy to forget the thousands stories of those behind the lines. A new book about a relief worker in Alexandria, Virginia seeks to re-focus the … 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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Book Review: “Top Ten at Gettysburg”

When it comes to Gettysburg, there is no doubt that it is the Civil War’s most famous battle. With that fame comes legions of authors who pour out a staggering amount of material covering the campaign in the summer of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “War With Mexico! America’s Reporters Cover The Battlefront”

Looking for a unique, historical angle on the Mexican-American War? Ever wondered when American war journalism “began”? “War With Mexico! America’s Reporters Cover The Battlefront” by Tom Reilly, edited by Manley Witten is an excellent book to add to your … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: How Did They Get Here?

As I sit to compose this post, the importance of this day to Gettysburg history is not lost on me. My fingers quickly produce a cadenced clicking on the keys below them. My view beyond the screen of my laptop … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Wild Wolf: The Great Civil War Rivalry, Colonel Frank Wolford”

The history of the Civil War is filled with larger-than-life figures who for four years were at the center of the great national drama. Their fight has filled thousands of books, and will, without a doubt, fill thousands more, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Chickamauga Campaign—Glory or the Grave: The Breakthrough, the Union Collapse, and the Defense of Horseshoe Ridge, September 20, 1863”

For three days in September, 1863 in northern Georgia two armies clashed in a brutal slugfest. The Battle of Chickamauga between William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland and Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee left in excess of 30,000 casualties, … Continue reading

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Stonewall vs. Stonewall vs. Stonewall: Such Books as These!

Does the world need another Stonewall Jackson biography? Of course, the world will read another Stonewall Jackson biography. There are thousands of people just like me who can’t get enough of old Jack. But that’s not what I’m asking here…. … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 2: Review of John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen M. Hood

Newton’s second law of motion, roughly paraphrased, informs us that “an object at rest stays at rest, while an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.”  This law of physics encapsulates Stephen M. Hood’s … Continue reading

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Review of John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen M. Hood

Newton’s second law of motion, roughly paraphrased, informs us that “an object at rest stays at rest, while an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.”  This law of physics encapsulates Stephen M. Hood’s … Continue reading

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