New To the Civil War Memory Library, 05/17

Gallman Defining DutyUpdate: As of today I have 8 copies of my Crater book available at the heavily discounted price of $25 (includes shipping). Click here for more information.

Richard Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai eds., So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North (Fordham University Press, 2015).

J. Matthew Gallman, Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Earl Hess, The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta (Unviersity of North Carolina Press, 2015).

David Larson, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Crown, 2015).

David McCullough, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/21

forthcoming, September 2015
forthcoming, September 2015

Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Lisa T. Frank, The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers During Sherman’s March (Louisiana State University Press, 2015).

Gary Gallagher and J. Matthew Gallman eds., Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2015).

Earl J. Hess, Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness (Louisiana State University Press, 2015).

Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015).

Kevin Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015).

Note: Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign, which contains an essay of mine on the Crater now has a cover.

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/06

After AppomattoxNote: You can now pre-order, Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney eds., Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign [(University of North Carolina Press, 2015) Includes an essay of mine on the Crater.]

Greg Downs, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Ted Maris-Wolf, Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Louis P. Masur, Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion (Oxford University Press, 2015).

William Marvel, Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Justin S. Solonick, Engineering Victory: The Union Siege of Vicksburg (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015).

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/14

61f03J7UMJLJeanette T. Greenwood, First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

William Hassler ed., One of Lee’s Best Men: The Civil War Letters of General William Dorsey Pender (University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

Joseph M. Beilein and Matthew C. Hulbert eds., The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (University Press of Kentucky, 2015).

James McPherson, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Brian Craig Miller, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South (University of Georgia Press, 2015).

Adam Rothman, Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams eds., Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President (Fordham University Press, 2015).

Following the 20th Massachusetts From Antietam to Gettysburg

It’s that time of year again. In three weeks students at my school will spend time outside the classroom setting engaged in a broad range of activities. Last year I helped lead a group of 40 students on a civil rights trip from Atlanta to Memphis. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved.

This year I will lead my own group of 12 students on a Civil War battlefield tour that will explore the war in 1862 and 1863. We will visit the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg as well as the town of Harpers Ferry.  The time frame of the battles will give us the opportunity to explore a number of issues, including the relationship between the battlefield and home front and the gradual shift in Union policy toward emancipation. Continue reading “Following the 20th Massachusetts From Antietam to Gettysburg”