Category Archives: American History

Irish Green and Union Blue: The Civil War Letters of Peter Welsh edited by Lawrence Kohl

Irish Green and Union Blue: The Civil War Letters of Peter Welsh edited by Lawrence Kohl, Fordham University Press (1986) When Peter Welsh joined the Irish Brigade in 1862, he forgot to tell his wife. Poor Peter had wanted to … Continue reading

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For Cause and Comrades by James McPherson

For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James McPherson pub. by Oxford University Press (1997) James McPherson’s exploration of the Civil War soldiers’ minds is based on the close reading of letters and diaries of … Continue reading

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Three Months in the Southern States by Lt. Col. Arthur Freemantle

Three Months in the Southern States by Lt. Col. Arthur Freemantle (1863) We think that visiting a place will give us a true idea of what is really going on there. All too often, we just see what our hosts, … Continue reading

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Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It

Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It by William Garrett Piston and Richard W. Hatcher III published by University of North Carolina Press (2000) After German immigrants essentially overthrew the pro-Confederate government … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis

The Rise of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis spent years in New Orleans after the Civil War writing his two volume memoir of the “Rise and Fall” of the Confederacy. He would have done better learning Creole … Continue reading

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Report on the Condition of the South by Carl Schurz

Report on the Condition of the South by Carl Schurz (1865) Never has the introduction to a book so misconstrued a work as President Andrew Johnson’s preface to Carl Schurz‘s Report on the Condition of the South. Writing months after … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson by Annette Gordon-Reed

Andrew Johnson by Annette Gordon-Reed published by Henry Holt (2011) Annette Gordon-Reed got a lot of attention the last time she wrote about a president long-rumored to have fathered a child with an enslaved woman. The Hemingses of Monticello: An … Continue reading

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