Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy

Vicksburg:  Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy, by Donald L. Miller For whatever reason, there are a lot of books that have been written about the Vicksburg campaign and many of them are broadly similar, which suggests that a market … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg 1863

Vicksburg 1863, by Winston Groom It is strange to think that the author of Forrest Gump as being a Civil War historian, but that is the case.  This is in many ways a mixed bag.  The author has a strong … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg: The Battle That Won The Civil War

Vicksburg:  The Battle That Won The Civil War, by Mary Ann Fraser As a fond reader of history works that deal with the subject of the American Civil War, it is always intriguing to see how various aspects of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee: Icon For A Nation

Robert E. Lee:  Icon For A Nation, by Brian Holden Reid This book is an interesting case of what happens when someone attempts to write a generally praiseworthy account of a man without whitewashing him or seeking to promote neo-Confederate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dixie Betrayed

Dixie Betrayed:  How The South Really Lost The Civil War, by David J. Eicher It is always fascinating to see accounts of the fall of the South in the Civil War.  On what can it be blamed?  This particular book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crisis Of Fear

Crisis Of Fear:  Secession In South Carolina, by Steven A. Channing It is not an easy thing to ponder the reasons why it was that South Carolina chose to rebel against the United States without being either sympathetic to the … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Civil War Loyalties

As one of the 2/5 of people in the United States who believe that a Civil War in the near-term is quite possible, it is important to understand what one means by a Civil War.  There are a great many … Continue reading

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The Myth Of The Lost Case: A Case Study In The Tension Between Criticism And Advocacy

There are many pitfalls that a historian can fall into that can greatly harm the quality of their work as scholars, and frequently scholars appear greatly ignorant of these pitfalls.  On the one hand, one can be so wrapped up … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of The Lost Cause And Civil War History

The Myth Of The Lost Cause And Civil War History, edited by Gary W. Gallagher And Alan T. Nolan While in general I am leery about books that demonize the South for the Lost Cause with with a broad brush, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of The Lost Cause 1865-1900

The Myth Of The Lost Cause 1865-1900, by Rollin G. Osterweis One of the strange asymmetries that one finds when it comes to the lost cause is that those who practice it do not mention it, while those that label … Continue reading

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