Looks like Vanderbilt University has put together a first rate speakers series [see here, here, and here] on the Civil War. It is safe to say that the most important book to be published on the Army of Northern Virginia in recent years is Joseph Glatthaar’s, General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse. I read through the book when it was first published and have since gone through large sections of it again. While the book offers an incredibly rich narrative it is Glatthaar’s statistical sample that constitutes the real value of this study. Glatthaar’s statistical portrait of the ANV is slated to be published by the University of North Carolina Press: Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee. You get a taste of this aspect of the book in this presentation.
Joe Glatthaar on “Why the Confederacy Lost”
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History