Category Archives: Civil War Historians

Soldiering the Army of Northern Virginia

Here is a fairly recent interview with Joe Glatthaar about his latest book, Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee, which is the companion book to his massive study of the Army of Northern Virginia. Glatthaar touches on a number of things, including the number of deaths in the Civil War, desertion, and the army’s connection to slavery.

[Uploaded to YouTube on June 17, 2014]

The Dark Side of the Civil War Needs To Lighten Up

Spotsylvania DeadI welcome the fact that the recent and ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have made it easier for Americans to explore some of the more unpleasant aspects of the American Civil War. Studies focusing on battlefield medicine are a welcome development as is the increase in studies of the experiences and challenges that veterans faced long after the war. It is with this in mind that I eagerly started to read Michael C.C. Adams’s new book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting through it. Continue reading

Recently Published Civil War Books in 2002

Al Mackey has been posting old CSPAN videos of various Civil War events some of which are quite interesting. I perused the CSPAN archives and came across this session from one of Gary Gallagher’s UVA conferences on the Fredericksburg Campaign from 2002. The session features Gary along with Bob Krick, George Rable, R.E.L. Krick, Bill Bergen and Peter Carmichael.

The panelists discuss books that had then had just recently been published, including David Blight’s Race and Reunion, which was about a year old at the time. There is a wonderful exchange between Bob Krick and Peter about Paul Anderson’s study of Turner Ashby, which is a wonderful book. Anyway, it’s kind of interesting to see how the field has evolved in the past ten years.

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 05/17

Claiming the UnionWilliam Blair, With Malice toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

James Marten, America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (University of Georgia Press, 2014).

Susanna Michele Lee, Claiming the Union: Citizenship in the Post-Civil War South (Cambridge University Press, 2014).1

Theodore Rosengarten, All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw (University of Chicago Press, 1974).

Jonathan White, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (Louisiana State University Press, 2014).

1 Congratulations to Susanna on the publication of her first book. I read sections of her UVA dissertation years ago and like a lot of other people have been looking forward to finally seeing it in print. You don’t see too many Civil War titles with Cambridge Press, but it does come with a hefty price tag. Hopefully, the book will eventually be released in paperback.