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Fateful Lightning

This is a one-volume history of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by Professor Allen C. Guelzo. It was published in 2012. With James McPherson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom now almost 30 years old, it needs a successor. This volume is a worthy candidate. Professor Guelzo is an excellent writer, and the book makes for […]

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

This is another book of essays by Professor Gary Gallagher. He writes about Lee, about his principal subordinates, and how they’ve been remembered. “All of the essays in this book explore in some fashion the effect of Lost Cause arguments on popular perceptions of Lee and several of his most famous lieutenants.” [p. xi] Eleven […]

CWTR Interview: A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War

Here’s an interview on Civil War Talk Radio between historian D. H. Dilbeck and historian/host Gerald Prokopowicz regarding Dr. Dilbeck’s book, A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War. It’s a decent interview, but unfortunately Dr. Prokopowicz spent so much time on ancillary comments he didn’t have enough time to more fully explore […]

States’ Rights and the Union

This book by Forrest McDonald traces the history of the ideology of states’ rights from the Founding of the United States through Reconstruction. He starts by telling us, “Of all the problems that beset the United States of America during the century from the Declaration of Independence to the end of Reconstruction, the most pervasive […]

Robert E. Lee On Leadership

This is H. W. Crocker appearing on the old C-SPAN show, “Booknotes” talking about his book, Robert E. Lee on Leadership. The history he portrays is horrible. He has a huge amount of historical errors in this discussion. I considered not using this, but it does give me an opportunity to talk about the various “X […]

Shelby Foote and the Romantic View of the Civil War

I’ve written before about Shelby Foote [see particularly here and here], and I haven’t changed my view. His three-volume narrative history of the war is a work of art, but we shouldn’t depend on it as a source. It’s useful to a beginner as an overview of the war, and it’s a pleasure to read. […]

The Lost Gettysburg Address

This book by David Dixon tells a fascinating story of Charles Anderson, a Kentuckian who later moved to Ohio. The son of Revolutionary War soldier Richard Clough Anderson, Charles Anderson had connections ranging from George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette to Abraham Lincoln. What prompted this book was the fact that Charles Anderson gave […]