Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: Our One Common Country

Our One Common Country:  Abraham Lincoln And The Hampton Roads Peace Conference Of 1865, by James B. Conroy The author states in the acknowledgements section at the end of this book that no one had ever written a book on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enemy Never Came

The Enemy Never Came:  The Civil War In The Pacific Northwest, by Scott McArthur This book is a rough sort of work, written by a competent historian who nevertheless falls short of the most eloquent practitioners in his craft.  As … Continue reading

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I’m Not Listening

In the 1790’s, a ferocious period of partisanship as well as a foreign war scare involving Great Britain and France led to the passsing of Alien & Sedition laws that made it a crime to speak out against the president … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln Unbound

Lincoln Unbound:  How An Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved The American Dream–And How We Can Do It Again, by Rich Lowry This book was a pleasure to read, and a bit surprisingly so.  As someone who reads a distressingly large amount … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln: A President For The Ages

Lincoln:  A President For The Ages, edited by Karl Weber I certainly agree with the title of this book that Abraham Lincoln was a president for the ages, but this is certainly not a book for the ages.  Written and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cause Of All Nations

The Cause Of All Nations:  An International History Of The American Civil War, by Don H. Doyle Every once in a while a fond reader of diplomatic history such as myself will find a good book that takes a familiar … Continue reading

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Quos Deus Vult Perdere, Prius Dementat

One of the great tragedies of historical reputation is the way that people think of King Louis XVI and Queen Antoinette the way their libelous critics thought of them, as monarchs who had no concern for the fate of their … Continue reading

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Monuments Men: The Case Against Removal

[Note:  Although I had not planned to originally talk about this issue, the proliferation of vandalism of various monuments to Confederate war heroes of the American Civil War has prompted me to add my own thoughts to the matter.  As … Continue reading

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Monuments Men: The Case For Removal

[Note:  Although I had not planned to originally talk about this issue, the proliferation of vandalism of various monuments to Confederate war heroes of the American Civil War has prompted me to add my own thoughts to the matter.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War Notebook Of Daniel Chisholm

The Civil War Notebook Of Daniel Chisholm:  A Chronicle Of Daily Life In The Union Army 1864-1865, edited by W. Springer Menge and J. August Shimrak As an undergraduate student I was required to read a diary of a German … Continue reading

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