Category Books

Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative Volume 1 Chapter 4

We’re continuing with a look at the accuracy of Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative. Once again, let me stress that I regularly recommend Foote’s trilogy, which I regard as a work of art, as a good overview of the war. However, it shouldn’t be used as a source. Of course, anyone who claims Foote […]

Virginia at War 1865

This is the last in the Virginia at War series from the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. This book edited by Professor James I. Robertson Jr. and William C. Davis, like the others in the series, is a collection of essays from some excellent historians. The editors write, “The war had to end eventually, […]

Ben Franklin’s World Episode 312: The Domestic Slave Trade

In this podcast host Dr. Liz Covart and her guest, Professor Adam Rothman, discuss the domestic slave trade. As the podcast’s website tells us, “During our investigation, Josh reveals the long history of North America’s domestic or internal slave trade; How and why the United States Congress passed a ban on the international or transatlantic […]

CWTR Episode 1812: From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lees Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865

This is an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Charlie Knight, on Charlie’s latest book, From Arlington to Appomattox, which is a book I’m looking forward to acquiring and reading.

CWTR Episode 1806: The Long Civil War: New Explorations of Americas Enduring Conflict

Here’s a conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor John David Smith on the book Professor Smith co-edited, The Long Civil War, which is a book of essays. It would have been much better had they done more discussing of the essays in the book, but what they did discuss is worth […]

CWTR Episode 1805: Campaign for the Confederate Coast: Blockading, Blockade Running and Related Endeavors During the American Civil War

Here’s a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Gil Hahn, on the blockade and blockade running based on Mr. Hahn’s book, Campaign for the Confederate Coast.

The Southern Slaveholders Dreamed of a Slaveholding Empire

I came across this interview with Professor Kevin Waite of Durham University. It’s based on Professor Waite’s new book, West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire. We learn, “In 1851, Jefferson Davis presented to his Senate colleagues a plan facilitating travel throughout the newly colonized southwestern United States. Three years earlier, the […]

Congressman Lincoln

This book by political operative Chris DeRose looks at Abraham Lincoln’s time as the US Representative in Congress from the Seventh Illinois District, an aspect of Lincoln’s life story that’s often given short shrift. DeRose claims, “Lincoln’s service in the House exposed him to the deeply divided country he now presided over, working closely with […]

Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative Volume 1 Chapter 3

We’re continuing with a look at the accuracy of Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative. Once again, let me stress that I regularly recommend Foote’s trilogy, which I regard as a work of art, as a good overview of the war. However, it shouldn’t be used as a source. Of course, anyone who claims […]

Robert E. Lee – A Life

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo discussing his book, Robert E. Lee: A Life. He’s way too easy on Lee when it comes to slavery, but I like what he says about Lee’s generalship. The video’s description reads, “Allen Guelzo talked about Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s life from boyhood through the Civil War. The Atlanta History Center […]