Category Books

Partners in Command

This book by Professor Joseph T. Glatthaar starts out as a fairly conventional study with the standard interpretations of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, but as we get into it we see it has some additional nuggets that make it worthwhile. In describing the book, Dr. Glatthaar writes, “As American military […]

Abraham Lincoln Reborn As A Vampire Slayer

Here’s an interview with author Seth Grahame-Smith about his novel, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. I know purists turn their noses at the mere mention of the title, but I found the book to be a lot of fun, cleverly weaving the vampire mythology into the real story of Lincoln’s life. The interview was from 2010. You […]

Gordon Rhea on A House Divided. S. 2 ep. 17

Here’s Gordon Rhea appearing on the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop’s “Author’s Voice” talking about his book, On to Petersburg, which ends his series on the Overland Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Here is part of the interview with Gordon Rhea by Bjorn Skaptason, originally live streamed on November 1, 2017. Unfortunately, the first half of the […]

Civil War Infantry Tactics

This is another excellent work by Professor Earl Hess. He begins by discussing the system of linear tactics Civil War armies used. “The system involved shoulder-to-shoulder lines, columns, and a range of complicated maneuvers to take a unit from one formation to another. The idea was to wed tactics to the capabilities of the single-shot, […]

Searching for Black Confederates Massachusetts Historical Society

Here’s Kevin Levin giving a great presentation to the Massachusetts Historical Society on the black confederate myth. The video’s description reads, “Historian Kevin Levin talked about his book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, in which he provided research that refutes claims that some African Americans served freely in the Confederate Army.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?464270-1/searching-black-confederates

The Radical and the Republican

This is an excellent book from Professor James Oakes. It very justly won the Lincoln Prize. “The Radical” was Frederick Douglass, and “The Republican” was Abraham Lincoln, though as time went on both labels could be applied to both men. It’s not quite a biography of the two men, but instead shows how the two […]

One War at a Time

This book from Dean Mahin considers, as its subtitle says, “The International Dimensions of the American Civil War.” In addressing the claims Abraham Lincoln was hands-off when it came to foreign policy, Mr. Mahin writes, “The evidence shows that Lincoln set the major foreign policy goals of the Union government, determined U.S. responses to a […]