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Book Review: “The Camel Regiment”

When he served as the U.S. Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis had the grand idea of importing camels. The camels, Davis reasoned, would be perfect animals to use in fighting among the far western reaches of America’s deserts, and thus … Continue reading

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Civil War News‘s November Annual “Book Issue”

I happen to be Book Review Editor for Civil War News, the nation’s monthly newspaper for enthusiasts. For our November issue I helped CWN Publisher Jack Melton plan some nifty features for the issue. 

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Book Review: “Death, Disease, and Life at War”

From the regimental camp of the 111th New York Infantry near Brandy Station, Virginia, Surgeon James Benton wrote to his parents, “The spring campaign will soon be upon us and in my opinion we have never seen any fighting which … Continue reading

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A Peek into the “Critic’s Corner” in Civil War News

SHAG-A-DOO-LA. Those of us who write about the Civil War for fun (rarely for profit) get our ideas from any number of sources. One never knows when or how some inspiration will occur. Driving to the store recently, I heard … Continue reading

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Review: The Gettysburg Cyclorama

Having worked so much at the Wilderness, I don’t buy into that whole “Gettysburg as the turning point of the Civil War” nonsense. Aside from that premise, though, there’s little negative to say about Chris Brenneman and Sue Boardman’s stunning … Continue reading

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A beautiful, despairing journey with a coal-black horse

There’s a kind of myth-making happening in Robert Olmstead’s novel Coal Black Horse. Published in 2007, I had the chance this past week to journey with the horse once more, and it was a trip well worth taking. Set in … Continue reading

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The Land of Lincoln and the Defense of the Icon

The Lincoln Memorial looked like frost tonight. The flurry that had blanketed the lawn white earlier in the day had been glazed with rain and then turned to ice, so the whole landscape shimmered under the Memorial’s lights.

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