Category Books

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In preparation for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, I reread the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. The edition I used this time was the Library of America edition edited by Stephen Sears and including selected Grant letters as well as notes Grant wrote to his doctor and a chronology of Grant’s life. […]

Civil War Talk Radio: The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee

This is a great conversation between host Gerald Prokopowicz and author John Reeves about Mr. Reeves’ new book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon. There is much in here with which I agree, especially that the dog-and-pony show in the 1970s where Lee was supposedly given back his […]

Reconstruction: Voices From America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality

This book from the “Library of America” is a must-have for serious students of Reconstruction history. Professor Simpson has selected an outstanding collection of primary sources to illuminate what was happening during this tumultuous period. In addition, he provides clear, concise, and cogent commentary. As an example, in the Introduction he tells us, “Framed and […]

Civil War Talk Radio: They Knew Lincoln

Here’s an interview on Civil War Talk Radio with Professor Kate Masur and Professor Gerald Prokopowicz on Professor Masur’s new book, They Knew Lincoln, which is actually John Washington’s book about African Americans in Abraham Lincoln’s life which Professor Masur edited.

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

This book by James M. McPherson is a decent account of the Maryland Campaign from the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series. He tells us in the Preface, “The meaning of freedom was central tot he meaning of the American Civil War. Freedom, or liberty, has been a contested issue through all of American history. […]

Civil War Talk Radio Maine Roads to Gettysburg

This episode of Civil War Talk Radio features host Gerald Prokopowicz interviewing author Tom Huntington, who is a fellow member of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table, on his new book, Maine Roads to Gettysburg: How Joshua Chamberlain, Oliver Howard, and 4,000 Men from the Pine Tree State Helped Win the Civil War’s Bloodiest Battle. This […]

The Antietam Campaign

This is another book of essays from editor Gary Gallagher covering the Maryland Campaign of 1862. This one contains ten essays–eleven if we count the bibliographic essay at the end. The first essay, by Gary Gallagher, was “The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor,” and covers the confederate reaction to the campaign. […]