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John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen Hood

John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen “Sam” Hood (2013) Stephen “Sam” Hood has devoted a book to footnotes. Now before you dismiss it out of hand, footnotes in history, as in law, … Continue reading

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Remembering the Battle of The Crater: War as Murder by Kevin Levin

Remembering the Battle of The Crater: War as Murder by Kevin Levin published by University of Kentucky Press (2012). I purchased this volume with some trepidation. Its author, Kevin Levin, is not just a historian and an educator, he is … Continue reading

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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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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) Uncle Tom’s Cabin has long been in the running for the title of Most Famous American Novel That No One Reads Anymore. My mom read it in high school, but by the … Continue reading

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Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson published by Oxford University Press (1988) My favorite history of the Civil War is Allen Nevins’ Ordeal of the Union, an epic masterpiece even if it is a bit dated. Unfortunately, at eight … 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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