Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Lawyer

Abraham Lincoln:  Prairie Lawyer, by John J. Duff Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer is one of those strange areas of history that many historians tangle with at one point or another.  This author has high views of Lincoln as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: The Lawyer-Statesman

Abraham Lincoln:  The Lawyer-Statesman, by John T. Richards Even though the author was the head of the Chicago Bar, this book reads as if it was written by a Southerner who is moderately fine with Abraham Lincoln but strongly anti-abolitionist … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln The Lawyer

Lincoln The Lawyer, by Frederick Trevor Hill One of the more fascinating and obscure aspects of Lincoln’s career is his time as a lawyer, and at least a few books have been written about this subject [1].  That said, although … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln And His Generals

Lincoln And His Generals, by Clarence Edward Macartney Is this book necessary?  To be fair, there are a lot of books about Abraham Lincoln in existence, many of which I happen to have read and reviewed and many more of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lincoln Of The Thirtieth Congress

The Lincoln Of The Thirtieth Congress, by Roy D. Packard This book is a deeply entertaining one, in that it focuses on one of the important but somewhat obscure aspects of Lincoln’s career, and that is his time as the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln And The Patronage

Lincoln And The Patronage, by Carl Russell Fish One of the more unfortunate aspects of government jobs is the way that many people idealize the civil service as if the bureaucracy that we have right now is a good thing.  … Continue reading

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The Gallant Logistician

One of the more lamentably common aspects of reading about the Civil War is the massive inferiority that the Confederacy had with regards to logistics.  While it has been fashionable among Lost Cause narratives to blame the Civil War on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign In The West

Pea Ridge:  Civil War Campaign In The West, by William L. Shea & Earl J. Hess This book is a fantastic account of one of the most decisive battles of the war, a battle that was so decisive that it … Continue reading

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Book Review: In Memoriam: Maj. Gen. Samuel Ryan Curtis

In Memoriam:  Maj. Gen. Samuel Ryan Curtis, edited by anonymous Admittedly, this particular short book is highly repetitive.  After the sudden and unexpected death of Samuel Ryan Curtis, it did not take long for various people to write obituaries and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Major General George H. Thomas

Major General George H. Thomas:  An Address, by William H. Lambert This address is a short one of less than 30 pages published ten years after the death of the noted general [1] who was most famous for his defensive … Continue reading

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