Some Book Reviews

Here are links to any book reviews on Civil War subjects that have come to the Webmaster's attention. Also, here is a link to Civil War Book Review, which is operated out of LSU.

General Histories and Miscellany

Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune: Civil War-Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor, by Adam-Max Tuchinsky
Every Day of the Civil War: A Chronological Encyclopedia, by Bud Hannings
The Civil War: A Concise History, by Louis P. Masur

Battles and Campaigns

The Battle of Fair Oaks: Turning Point of McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, by Robert P. Broadwate
The Battle of Glendale: The Day the South Nearly Won the Civil War, by Jim Stempel

Causes of the War

America on the Eve of the Civil War, by Edward L. Ayers, Carolyn R. Martin, eds.   
The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days That Shook the Union, by John Lockwood, Charles Lockwood 
The Dogs of War: 1861, by Emory M. Thomas

Home Front

A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community, by Nicole Etcheson
The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North, by Michael Thomas Smith
War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North, by Frances M. Clarke
Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina, by Judkin Browning

Biographies and Leadership

The Notorious "Bull" Nelson: Murdered Civil War General, by Donald A. Clark
"Spur Up Your Pegasus": Family Letters of Salmon, Kate, and Nettie Chase, 1844-1873, by James P. McClure, Peg A. Lamphier, Erika M. Kreger, eds.


Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment: The Civil War Diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts, by Richard M. Reid, ed.
Soldiers North and South: The Everyday Experiences of the Men Who Fought America's Civil War, by Paul A. Cimbala

Race and Slavery

Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those Who Helped Them, 1763-1865, by Harriet C. Frazier
Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files, by Elizabeth A. Regosin, Donald R. Shaffer, eds.
I Belong to South Carolina: South Carolina Slave Narratives, by Susanna Ashton, ed.
Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields: Letters of the Heyward Family, 1862-1871, by Margaret Belser Hollis, Allen H. Stokes, eds.
Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts, by Margot Minardi
Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South, by Calvin Schermerhorn
 Women and Slavery in America: A Documentary History, by Catherine M. Lewis, J. Richard Lewis, eds. 
Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society, by Owen W. Muelder
Apostles of Equality: The Birneys, the Republicans, and the Civil War, by D. Laurence Rogers
We Will Be Satisfied with Nothing Less: The African American Struggle for Equal Rights in the North during Reconstruction, by Hugh Davis

Border States

 Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, Volume 2, 1863, by Bruce Nichols
Missouri's War: The Civil War in Documents, by Silvana R. Siddali
The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War, by Adam Arenson  
On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865, by Diane Mutti Burke
Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War, by Stanley Harrold
Reluctant Partners: Nashville and the Union,
, by Walter T. Durham
Nashville: The Occupied City, 1862-1863, by Walter T. Durham 
The Civil War in Tennessee, 1862-1863, by Jack H. Lepa

Naval Operations

USS Monitor: A Historic Ship Completes Its Final Voyage, by John D. Broadwater

Antebellum Politics and Secession

The Road to Disunion: Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861, by William W. Freehling


Reading with Lincoln, by Robert Bray
Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Legal Career of America's Greatest President, by Roger D. Billings, Frank J. Williams, eds.   
The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory, by Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, Frank J. Williams, eds.
Protecting President Lincoln: The Security Effort, the Thwarted Plots and the Disaster at Ford's Theatre, by Frederick Hatch

Social History

Between Reb and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia, by Taylor M. Chamberlin, John M. Souders

Unit Histories

One of Morgan's Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, by Kent Masterson Brown, ed.


Prisons and Prisoners

Prison: The Civil War Diaries of James Parks Caldwell, edited by George H. Jones
Haunted by Atrocity: Civil War Prisons in American Memory, by Benjamin G. Cloyd
Wesley Makely:  I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison, by David R. Bush (editor)

Foreign Policy

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