Category Books

Washington Brotherhood

This excellent book by Rachel Sheldon discusses how Washington’s social life influenced politics in the antebellum years. Students who simply read the Congressional Globe to try to determine how policies were made are missing the most important parts. “While in the capital city, politicians from different sections of the country could hardly avoid interacting in […]

Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies

This book by Professor John Marszalek is a full-length, scholarly treatment of the life of Major General Henry W. Halleck. Halleck was the ultimate bureaucrat, and he began to show tendencies toward this role early. In 1845, as a young engineer, Halleck found a number of things objectionable and raised his objections in letters to […]

Chandra Manning on Troubled Refuge

Here’s Professor Chandra Manning giving a talk based on her book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, which discusses Union refugee camps and the struggles refugees faced. The video’s description reads, ” Chandra Manning talked about her book Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, in which she recalls the Union […]

Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

This outstanding book by Earl J. Hess is perhaps the first objective look at Braxton Bragg in the Civil War. The popular view of Bragg is that of a bumbler. In his memoirs, U.S. Grant passed on a story he had heard about Bragg before the war where Bragg was supposedly a quartermaster and the […]

Civil War Talk Radio: Damn Yankees!: Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South

Here’s an interview with historian George Rable on his book, Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South on Civil War Talk Radio with Gerry Prokopowicz. He discusses several results of his research and provides insight into the views of confederates toward Northerners and tells us how those views affected not only the war but […]

Civil War Talk Radio: The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition

Here’s Professor Manisha Sinha appearing with Professor Gerry Prokopowicz on Civil War Talk Radio speaking about her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. Professor Sinha gives an overview of the abolition movement and discusses some of the personalities involved. This is another excellent interview.

Civil War Talk Radio: The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863

Here’s Dan Welch, coauthor of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, appearing on “Civil War Talk Radio” with Gerry Prokopowicz speaking on the book he coauthored with Robert Orrison. The book is an overview of the campaign and gives us driving tours of the marches to Gettysburg and the retreat from […]