Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant, by Josiah Bunting III Why has Grant been viewed as being an incompetent president?  This short book, written by someone who clearly has a positive view of Grant, gives at least some of the basic context that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Chickamauga & Chattanooga

Chickamauga & Chattanooga:  The Battles That Doomed The Confederacy, by John Bowers It is unusual to read books on Civil War history where the author is as conflicted as this one with regards to the outcome of the battles involved.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Siege Of Vicksburg

The Siege Of Vicksburg:  The Seven-Month Battle That Sealed The Confederacy’s Fate, by Richard Wheeler What makes this book remarkable is just how unobtrusive the historian is in the account of the Vicksburg campaign.  A large majority of the time, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle Of Westport

The Battle of Westport, by Paul B. Jenkins Westport was a decisive battle, marking the defeat of the final Confederate effort in the West to gain control of Missouri, but it is not a battle that much has been written … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alexander H. Stephens

Alexander H. Stephens:  A Bibliography, by Rudolph Von Abele Is Alexander Stephens a compelling figure?  In some ways he is, to be sure, but he certainly exhibits some of the flaws of the political system of the South.  Stephens was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Judah Benjamin: Mystery Man Of The Confederacy

Judah Benjamin:  Mystery Man Of The Confederacy, by S.I. Neiman Judah Benjamin is an admittedly obscure person if one looks at the history of the Civil War.  Little is known or thought about him, and few books are written about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee (Civil War Hero)

Robert E. Lee (Civil War Hero), by Jack Kavanagh and Eugene C. Murdoch Why do people need Robert E. Lee to be a hero?  There are no cottage industries to resurrect the military reputations of Cornwallis in the American Revolution … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee (See And Read)

Robert E. Lee (See And Read), by Ruby L. Radford If you want to find out where history gets screwed up, one of the most obvious places to look is books written for children.  Generally speaking, books written for more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee (Great American Generals)

Robert E. Lee (Great American Generals), by Ian Hogg There are an awful lot of books written about Robert E. Lee that appear to be deliberately aimed at younger audiences.  It should be noted that while the Civil War is … 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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