Category Books

From Cedar Mountain to Antietam

Scott Hartwig updated and revised this second edition of the classic by Edward Stackpole for its 1993 reissue, correcting many errors and tweaking the interpretation. As a result, even though the original was published in 1959, the book matches up pretty well with current scholarship. This is a pure military history of these campaigns. Those […]

Civil War Talk Radio The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border

Here’s Gerald Prokopowicz interviewing Christopher Phillips regarding his book, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border. This is a pretty good interview.

Banner Lecture: Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons

This is Beverly Louise Brown giving a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society on her sister, Elizabeth Brown Pryor’s, book, Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons. Dr. Brown is an art historian, not a Lincoln expert, but Ms. Pryor, who was tragically killed by a reckless driver in Richmond, was […]

Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

This is a terrific book by T. J. Stiles. He’s done prodigious research for the book and did a great job placing Jesse James into historical context and bringing out his motivations. Along the way he dispels myths and gives us the background and structure of the guerrilla war in Missouri during the Civil War […]

Abraham Lincoln at City Point and Richmond

Here’s Noah Andre Trudeau giving a presentation at the 2016 Pamplin Park Civil War Symposium based on his book, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey. He talks about things he found during his research, some of his methods, and a bit about Lincoln’s trip to City Point and then on to Richmond in 1865. The video’s description reads, “Noah […]

After Words with Paul Escott “What Shall We Do with the Negro?”

This is an erudite discussion from 2009 with Professor Paul Escott of Wake Forest University on Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and African-Americans during the Civil War. It’s based on his book, “What Shall We Do with the Negro?”: Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America. Professor Escott has some very astute observations, but it seems to me, […]

Sickles at Gettysburg

This book by Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler tells the story of Major General Daniel E. Sickles’ actions during the Gettysburg Campaign and afterward. Lawyer, politician, cad, liar, and probably embezzler. Daniel Edgar Sickles was infamous before the Civil War for murdering his wife’s lover, Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, in broad […]