Category Archives: Civil War Historians

What the Yankees Did To Who?

While in Gettysburg I picked up Stephen Davis’s most recent book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (Mercer University Press, 2012). The book has received mixed reviews, but I decided to give it a chance. While the book thus far lacks an analytical edge those of you looking for excruciatingly detailed descriptions of pre-war and wartime Atlanta will be rewarded. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the many anecdotes included in the book, it’s that I also expect a historian to provide a close analysis of these sources. Continue reading

 

Scrapping Gettysburg’s Virginia Memorial

Jen Murray’s new book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2012, is full of surprises. Yesterday I shared a paragraph from Jen’s book on a plan to hide some of the battlefield monuments with shrubs and other vegetation. Continue reading

 

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 06/26

On A Great BattlefieldCongratulations to my friend, Jennifer Murray, who just published her first book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, (University of Tennessee Press). Jen worked for nine seasons at Gettysburg as a seasonal interpretive ranger. She knows the battlefield like the back of her hand and Jen brings a wide range of sources to bear in telling this story. Any Gettysburg enthusiast is going to want a copy. I purchased my copy at CWI and spent a couple hours reading it on the battlefield. Congratulations, Jen.

Brooks Simpson, The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory, (Potomac Books, 2013).

Susannah J. Ural, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It, (Osprey, 2013).

Richard B. Williams ed., Stonewall’s Prussian Mapmaker: The Journals of Captain Oscar Hinrichs, (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Bonus: I am happy to report that fellow historian, blogger, and all around badass, Keith Harris’s first book, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans, is slated for publication in November.

 

Civil War Institute, 2014

Back in Boston after 5 days at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute. I am exhausted and recharged. All of my presentations went well and I heard some wonderful talks, a few of which you can find on C-SPAN 3. Here are just a couple brief observations about the conference, which focused on the war in 1864. Continue reading

 

Gettysburg Bound

After three straight days of end-of-the-year faculty meetings I am very much looking forward to a long and quiet drive tomorrow morning to the annual Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. This is my third year taking part in the conference as a member of the faculty. It’s been an incredible experience and I want to once again thank Peter Carmichael and the rest of the staff for the honor of being asked to participate.  Continue reading