Category Books

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1630: Living By Inches

Here’s a nice discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and guest Dr. Evan Kutzler on the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Civil War prisons.

Imperfect Union

This is NPR’s Steve Inskeep giving a presentation on John C. Fremont and his wife, Jessie Benton Fremont, based on his book about the two people. The video’s description reads, “NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounted the lives of Jessie and John Fremont, a 19th century political power couple, who promoted western settlement, women’s rights, and abolition. John Fremont was one of […]

The Fight for the Old North State

This book by Hampton Newsome was a lot of fun to read. It’s deeply researched, well written with a compelling narrative, and delves deeply into a part of the war most accounts simply gloss over. Focused on the first five months of 1864 in North Carolina, the book gives us a detailed view of the […]

Megan Kate Nelson The Three-Cornered War

Here’s Dr. Megan Kate Nelson discussing how the Civil War affected the West. The video’s description reads, “Historian Megan Kate Nelson looked at how the Civil War impacted the American West as the Union and Confederate armies fought for control of the territory.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?469345-1/the-cornered-war

The Better Angels

This is Robert Plumb talking about his book, The Better Angels, which looks at Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Hale, and Julia Ward Howe. There’s not a lot of deep historical understanding here, but some information is good. The video’s description reads, “Author Robert Plumb looked at how Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Harriet […]

The Field of Blood

This book by Professor Joanne Freeman of Yale University was a pleasure to read. She lets us see the Antebellum U.S. Congress through the eyes of one of its chief clerks, Benjamin Brown French, through the use of his detail-filled diary, from the tobacco-stained rug of the House of Representatives to the bullying actions of […]

Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative Volume 1, Chapter 2

Almost three years ago I started looking at errors in Shelby Foote’s 3-volume opus, The Civil War: A Narrative. I do this because there are a number of superfans of Mr. Foote’s who swear by every word he says or writes, and when told we can’t rely on Mr. Foote’s assertions ask what he got wrong. […]