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The Second Annual Tom Watson Brown Book Prize

I am usually pretty good about staying on top of new Civil War titles.  Many of the university presses send me advanced copies for the blog, which helps to save money and keep me on top of the historiography.  Somehow, this title fell through the cracks.  Not only did it escape my attention, but I just learned that Mark W. Geiger’s book, Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri’s Civil War, 1861-1865 (Yale University Press, 2010) has been selected by the Society of Civil War Historians as this year’s Tom Watson Brown book prize winner. The award comes with a check for $50,000.

Above you will find a short video of Professor Geiger discussing his new book.  Geiger will accept his award and give a talk at the SCWH dinner, which takes place as part of the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association.  It’s always a good time.

Congratulations.

 

Acquisitions, 08/19

Adam Arenson, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Karen Cox, Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Anthony J. Gaughan, The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States Versus Lee, 1861-1883 (Louisiana State University Press, 2011).

Mark Neely, Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Cathy Stanton, The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006).

Acquisitions, 05/27

I am reading David Blight’s new book on the Civil War Centennial in which he analyzes the writings of Bruce Catton.  While I’ve read chunks of Catton in the past I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve never actually read one of his books from cover to cover.  Well, I just started A Stillness at Appomattox and I can’t put it down.  He was one hell of a writer.

David W. Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (Harvard University Press, 2011).

E. Renee Ingram, In View of the Great Want of Labor: A Legislative History of African American Conscription in the Confederacy (Willow Bend Books, 2002).

Brian D. McKnight, Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia(Louisiana State University Press, 2011).

James Marten, Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Timothy S. Sedore, An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Confederate Monuments (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011).

Acquisitions, 04/20

I did my best to dump as many books as possible in light of my move to Boston at the end of June, but new titles just continue to pour in.  In addition to recent review copies, I’ve listed some books that I am reading to brush up on my Massachusetts/Boston history.  I can’t wait to explore the incredibly rich history in and around the city.  Thanks to those of you who are purchasing Amazon books through Civil War Memory.  Sales have been steady, which has allowed me to purchase what I need without having to dip into my own pockets.  I truly appreciate it.

Barbara A. Gannon, The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Gary W. Gallagher, The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011).

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Acquisitions, 02/11

As excited as I am about moving to Boston I am dreading having to pack up my library.  I am seriously considering gutting a sizable chunk of it.  It will be painful, but necessary.  Here is a video I did a few years back on my Civil War library.  Anyway, I haven’t bought too many books over the past months.  Just about everything listed below was mailed to me by the publisher directly.

Judkin Browning, Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina(University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Louis Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History(Oxford University Press, 2011).

Sean A. Scott, A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War(Oxford University Press, 2011).

Jane Schultz, ed., This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton(Oxford University Press, 2011).

David Silkenat, Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina(University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Peter H. Wood, Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War (Nathan I Huggins Lectures)(Harvard University Press, 2010).

Susannah J. Ural ed., Civil War Citizens(New York University Press, 2010).

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