Category Books

Reunion Without Compromise

This book by Michael Perman considers Southern views of Presidential Reconstruction and the early years of Congressional Reconstruction. In the Preface, he tells us, “The post-war status and position of the Confederacy’s political leadership was what Northern policy-makers believed reunion and reconstruction were all about. Should the post-bellum South continue to be led by the […]

The Ordeal of the Reunion

This excellent book by Professor Mark W. Summers is a fresh look at Reconstruction, giving us a new perspective different from that we get in the standard works on the subject. Professor Summers writes, “This book’s perspective is, in essence, different from others, and that difference is defined in part by its place in a […]

Act of Justice

This short but excellent book by Burruss Carnahan of the George Washington University Law School is a wonderful exploration of how the Emancipation Proclamation fits into the law of armed conflict as it existed in the middle of the 19th Century. Carnahan also explains why Lincoln relied on the law of war for the proclamation. […]

Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

This is an excellent book by Robert K. Krick, who is the former chief historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park. It’s a product of prodigious research coupled with a stirring narrative that provides us an enjoyable excursion into a microhistory of a battle that’s often disposed of in one or two paragraphs in standard […]

Civil War Talk Radio: Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg

On this podcast, host Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Chuck Raasch, author of the book, Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. This is the story of New York Times correspondent Sam Wilkerson and his son, Bayard Wilkeson, who was the commander of an artillery battery at Barlow’s Knoll […]

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. http://cdn.voiceamerica.com/voice/201034/prokopowicz022217.mp3