Category Archives: Military History

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: 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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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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Book Review: To The Halls Of The Montezumas

To The Halls Of The Montezumas:  The Mexican-American War In The American Imagination, by Robert W. Johannsen What influence did the Mexican-American War have on American culture?  This is a difficult and complicated question.  After all, the Mexican-American War brought … Continue reading

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Book Review: Army Of Manifest Destiny

Army Of Manifest Destiny:  The American Soldier In The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848, by James M. McCaffrey What was the life of a soldier like during the Mexican-American War?  As one might expect, the more you look into a war like … Continue reading

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