Civil War Historians

Bjorn Skaptason did an excellent job of interviewing historian, Peter Carmichael, about his new book, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies for the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago. The interview explores some of the individuals discussed at length in the book, but also focuses Read more

Updates: First, I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I am spending much of my break reviewing the copy edits for Searching For Black Confederates. Within a few months I should have the page proofs in hand, which is the final stage before the book goes to print next Fall. I trust Read more

I usually list new purchases and review copies in a regular post called “New to the Civil War Memory Library.” This particular book by Peter Carmichael, however, deserves special mention. It’s safe to say that that apart from holding my first book I haven’t been this excited to see a new Civil War title and Read more

If there is one thing that Aaron Sheehan-Dean’s new book,┬áThe Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought in the Civil War, delivers on from the outset is that the irregular war no sideshow to the larger military campaigns beginning in 1861. Typically, large histories of the Civil War relegate moments of irregular or guerilla warfare to Read more

Update: Last week I received my author copy of Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America’s Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 2018) edited by Andrew Bledsoe and Andrew Lang. Included is my essay on Confederate military executions in addition to chapters by Earl Hess, Andrew Bledsoe, Andrew Lang, Ken Read more

From Virginia to Vermont

Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone at UVA’s Nau Center for Civil War History for hosting me earlier this week. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with their graduate students about the opportunities and challenges that comes with embracing social media as well as my forthcoming book on the myth of the black Confederate Read more

John B. Boles, Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (Basic Books, 2017). Joan Cashin, War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Earl J. Hess, Fighting for Atlanta: Tactics, Terrain, and Trenches in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Jason Phillips, Looming Civil Read more

William W. Freehling, Becoming Lincoln (University Press of Virginia, 2018). Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018). [Note: I read Freeman’s book over the summer and can’t recommend it highly enough.] Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States Read more

David B. Allison, Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Millington W. Bergeson-Lockwood, Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Louis P. Nelson and Claudrena N. Harold eds., Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity (University Press of Read more

John Fea, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (Eerdmans, 2018). Judith Giesberg and Randall M. Miller eds., Women and the American Civil War: North-South Counterpoints (Kent State University Press, 2018). Martha Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Leah Wright Rigueur, The Loneliness of Read more