Civil War Historians

In the introduction to his biography, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, historian Bernard Bailyn briefly examines how distance from the historical event under analysis shapes the interpretation. According to Bailyn, early histories "that follow a great and controversial event are still a significant part of the event itself." For the historian, "the outcome [of the [...]

No doubt there are a few of you out there who are making your way through Drew G. Faust's new book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Knopf, 2008).  I picked up a copy yesterday and am about half-way through the first chapter, which doesn't say much more than what was [...]