Category Archives: American Civil War

If It Takes All Night

During the fighting of the Overland Campaign of 1864, Ulysses S. Grant is reported to have said to President Lincoln that he proposed to fight it out along that line all summer if necessary to defeat rebel armies led by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Becoming Free In The Cotton South

Becoming Free In The Cotton South, by Susan Eva O’Donovan In reading a book like this, one has to take its conclusions with a grain of salt.  Since books by self-avowed Marxist historians are of immensely dubious value on account … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Slave No More

A Slave No More:  Two Men Who Escaped To Freedom Including Their Own Narratives Of Emancipation, edited by David W. Blight If the editor of this book would have been less skillful at framing the slave narratives included here, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Just And Generous Nation

A Just And Generous Nation:  Abraham Lincoln And The Fight For American Opportunity, by Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle This book is a reminder to those who have read a great many books about Abraham Lincoln [1] that the speeches … Continue reading

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Book Review: America’s Prophet

America’s Prophet:  Moses And The American Story, by Bruce Feiler If you are somewhat familiar with the author’s body of writing or about the relationship between American history and theology [1], then you have a fair guess as to what … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grant And Sherman

Grand And Sherman:  The Friendship That Won The Civil War, by Charles Bracelen Flood It is not uncommon for students of the Civil War to be familiar with the writings of either Grant or Sherman or writings about either of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lee & Grant

Lee & Grant:  Profiles In Leadership From The Battlefields Of Virginia, by Maj. Charles R. Bowery Jr., U.S. Army If you thought from the title of the book, or even the cover of the book, that this volume was a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Last Of The Blue And Gray

Last Of The Blue And Gray:  Old Men, Stolen Glory, And The Mystery That Outlived The Civil War, by Richard A. Serrano I have to admit that I was surprised by how interesting this particular book was.  The author, who … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War And The Limits Of Destruction

The Civil War And The Limits Of Destruction, by Mark E. Neely, Jr. This book is revisionist history in the best way, and looks at some elements of the question of logistical warfare in the Civil War, an area of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War: Strange & Fascinating Facts

The Civil War:  Strange & Fascinating Facts, by Burke Davis This book mostly lives up to its name.  The anecdotes and comments in this book are certainly strange and fascinating, although they are not necessarily facts.  The author passes along … Continue reading

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