Book Review Archive

Here are links to some of the older book reviews

Biographies and Leadership

Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer, by Rod Andrew
Dave, the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill
U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, by Joan Waugh
Lincoln's Political Generals, by David Work
John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory, by Brian Craig Miller
Grant's Lieutenants: From Chattanooga to Appomattox, by Steven E. Woodworth, ed.
Lincoln and His Admirals, by Craig L. Symonds
The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction, by Mark E. Neely
Gustavus Vasa Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography, by Ari Hoogenboom
Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol, by William C. Davis
The Edge of Mosby's Sword: The Life of Confederate Colonel William Henry Chapman, by Gordon B. Bonan
The Making of a Southerner: William Barclay Napton's Private Civil War, by Christopher Phillips
Trailing Clouds of Glory: Zachary Taylor's Mexican War Campaign and His Emerging Civil War Leaders, by Felice Flanery Lewis
Union General John A. McClernand and the Politics of Command, by Christopher C. Meyers

Battles and Campaigns

Thunder on the River: The Civil War in Northeast Florida, by Daniel L. Schafer
Punitive War: Confederate Guerrillas and Union Reprisals, by Clay Mountcastle
Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans, by Michael D. Pierson
Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, by Peter Cozzens
Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal and Winchester, by Gary L. Ecelbarger
The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History, by John F. Schmutz
Campaign for Corinth: Blood in Mississippi, by Steven Nathaniel Dossman
A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War, by Daniel E. Sutherland
The Chickamauga Campaign, by Steven E. Woodworth, ed.
Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg, by Earl J. Hess
Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain, by Jay Luvaas, Harold W. Nelson
Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign, by William L. Shea
The Mississippi River Campaign, 1861-1863: The Struggle for Control of the Western Waters, by Benton Rain Patterson
Unfurl Those Colors: McClellan, Sumner, and the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign, by Marion V. Armstrong

General Histories and Miscellany

 History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History, by Charles Pierce Roland
 How the Civil War Created a Nation, by David Goldfield
More Than a Contest between Armies: Essays on the Civil War Era, by James Marten, A. Kristen Foster, eds.
The Good Fight That Didn't End: Henry P. Goddard's Accounts of Civil War and Peace, by Calvin Goddard Zon (ed.)
Edward B. McCaul Jr.  The Mechanical Fuze and the Advance of Artillery in the Civil War, by Edward B. McCaul Jr.
Indiana's War: The Civil War in Documents, by Richard F. Nation, Stephen E. Towne (eds.)
The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause," by James W. Loewen, Edward H. Sebesta, eds.
The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Reader, by Stanley Harrold, ed.


Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories, by Ronald S. Coddington
Army Life: From a Soldier's Journal: Incidents, Sketches, and Record of a Union Soldier's Army Life, in Camp and Field, 1861-1864
by Albert O. Marshall
Baring the Iron Hand: Discipline in the Union Army, by Steven J. Ramold
The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army, by Lorien Foote
Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War, by Peter H. Wood
Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle and a Yankee General, by Suzy Barile

Race and Slavery

From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862-1875, by Christopher M. Span
Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation, by Julie Roy Jeffrey
Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War, by Scott Christianson
The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier: Escapes from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and the Territories of Kansas, Nebraska and the Indian Nations, by James Patrick Morgans
Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South, by Lacy K. Ford
American Slavery, Irish Freedom: Abolition, Immigrant Citizenship, and the Transatlantic Movement for Irish Repeal, by Angela F. Murphy
A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America, by Stephen G. Hall
Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era, by Richard M. Reid
John Washington's Civil War: A Slave Narrative, by Crandall A. Shifflett, ed.
The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror and the Death of Reconstruction, by LeeAnna Keith
In the Shadow of the Civil War: Passmore Williamson and the Rescue of Jane Johnson, by Nat Brandt, Yanna Brandt
Courtship and Love among the Enslaved in North Carolina, by Rebecca J. Fraser 
Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Story of the Clotilda and the Last Enslaved Africans Brought to America, by Sylviane A. Diouf
The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom, by Steven Hahn
Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, by Gabor Boritt, Scott Hancock, eds. 
Bluejackets and Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy, by Barbara Brooks Tomblin
 Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834-1866, by Gale L. Kenny
Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom, by Douglas Walter Bristol Jr.
The Problem of Evil: Slavery, Freedom, and the Ambiguities of American Reform, by Steven Mintz, John Stauffer, eds. 
African-American Activism before the Civil War: A Reader on the Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North, by Patrick Rael, ed.
The Imperfect Revolution: Anthony Burns and the Landscape of Race in Antebellum America, by Gordon S. Barker
Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict, by Susannah J. Ural, ed.
The Quarters and the  Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South, by Damian Alan Pargas

Home Front

The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies, by Victoria Bynum
Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia, by Jeffrey W. McClurken
Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era, by Christian G. Samito
Andersonvilles of the North: The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners, by James M. Gillispie
The Southern Mind under Union Rule: The Diary of James Rumley, Beaufort, North Carolina, 1862-1865, by James Rumley (Edited by Judkin Browning)
On Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War, by Anthony W. Lee, Elizabeth  Young
The Uncompromising Diary of Sallie McNeill, 1858-1867, edited by Ginny McNeill Raska and Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War, by Ernest B. Furgurson
Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War, by Ernest B. Furgurson
Walt Whitman and the Civil War: America's Poet during the Lost Years of 1860-1862, by Ted Genoways
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South, by Stephanie McCurry
Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861, by Kenneth W. Noe
Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front, by James Marten

Antebellum Politics and Secession

Abolitionist Politics and the Coming of the Civil War, by James Brewer Stewart
RATIFICATION: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788, by Pauline Maier
Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War, by Marc Engal
The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War, by Williamjames Hull Hoffer
The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War, by Brian Schoen
Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union, by William W. Freehling, Craig M. Simpson, eds.
Texas Terror: The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1860 and the Secession of the Lower South, by Donald E. Reynolds
The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State, by Charles D. Grear, ed.
The Antebellum Crisis and America's First Bohemians, by Mark A. Lause
The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War, by Brian Schoen
Forgotten Firebrand: James Redpath and the Making of Nineteenth-Century America, by John McKivigan
Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858, by Craig Miner
Abolitionist Politics and the Coming of the Civil War, by James Brewer Stewart
At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis, by Shearer Davis Bowman
John Mitchel: Irish Nationalist, Southern Secessionist, by Bryan P. McGovern


The Union vs. Dr. Mudd, by Hal Higdon
Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War, by Burrus M. Carnahan
Lincoln, the Cabinet, and the Generals, by Chester G. Hearn
Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific, by Richard W. Etulain, ed.
Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment, by Harold Holzer, Sara Vaughn Gabbard, eds.
Lincoln's America: 1809-1865, by Joseph R. Fornieri, Sara Vaughn Gabbard, eds.
Lincoln on Race and Slavery, by Henry Louis Gates Jr., ed.
Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific, by Richard W. Etulain, ed.

Social History

Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation, by Mary Farmer-Kaiser
Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina, by Edmund L. Drago
Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South, by Michael T. Bernath
Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War, by Ritchie Devon Watson Jr.
Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South, by Michael T. Bernath

Naval Operations

Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865, by Myron J. Smith
The USS Carondelet: A Civil War Ironclad on Western Waters, by Myron J. Smith
Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks, by W. Craig Gaines
Lincoln and His Admirals, by Craig L. Symonds

Unit Histories

The Good Men Who Won the War: Army of the Cumberland Veterans and Emancipation Memory, by Robert Eno Hunt
Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign, by Thomas A. Desjardin
Men of Granite: New Hampshire's Soldiers in the Civil War, by Duane E. Shaffer
The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War, by Clarissa W. Confer
Like Grass before the Scythe: The Life and Death of Sgt. William Remmel, 121st New York Infantry, by Robert Patrick Bender
General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse, by Joseph T. Glatthaar
The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War, by Martin N. Bertera, and Kim Crawford


The Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi: A History, by Michael Newton
Federal Laws of the Reconstruction: Principal Congressional Acts and Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, Speeches and Orders, and Other Legislative and Military Documents, 1862-1875, by Frederick E. Hosen, ed.
Bricks Without Straw: A Novel, by Albion Winegar Tourgee (Edited by Carolyn L. Karcher)
A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction, by Mark Wahlgren Summers
The Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi: A History, by Michael Newton
Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War's Aftermath, by Andrew L. Slap, ed.
Bill Arp's Peace Papers: Columns on War and Reconstruction, 1861-1873, by Bill Arp, David B. Parker
Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader, by Christian G. Samito
New Orleans after the Civil War: Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom, by Justin A. Nystrom

Prisons and Prisoners

James Parks Caldwell.  A Northern Confederate at Johnson's Island

Foreign Policy

Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations, by Howard Jones