Category Generals

Decisions at Gettysburg

This book by Matt Spruill details nineteen decisions he identifies as crucial to the outcome of the Gettysburg campaign. The first decision he analyzes is Lee’s decision to begin the campaign and go north. “Essentially, he had four options. He could remain on the defense in Virginia, conduct tactical offensive operations against the Army of […]

Challenges of Command in the Civil War Volume 1: Generals and Generalship

This is the first volume of a two-volume collection of essays and lectures the late Dr. Richard J. Sommers delivered over his illustrious sixty-year career of scholarship. Here we have ten chapters distilling what Dr. Sommers learned over a lifetime of Civil War studies. He explains the setup in his Preface: “Some of these analyses […]

Petersburg to Appomattox

Dr. Caroline Janney edited this latest addition to the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series from the University of North Carolina Press. This excellent book maintains the fine reputation of the series in true form. It consists of an introductory essay by Dr. Janney and nine essays produced that look at various aspects of […]

The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood

This excellent book is a companion to author Stephen M. Hood’s earlier book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. This provides the primary sources that led to the earlier book. It gives us transcriptions of most of the newly found Hood Papers so we can see those sources for ourselves. […]

Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs

This is a conversation between Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Craig Symonds regarding the new Annotated Edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs Dr. Marszalek edited. As always, it’s pretty good. They had this discussion in Gettysburg, PA as part of the 2018 Lincoln Forum Symposium. According to the video’s description, “John Marszalek, editor of an […]

Slave Payrolls

Part of the neoconfederate-driven “black confederate” myth is the claim the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest had black confederate soldiers. The claim is often made he had black bodyguards and had black soldiers among his men. As with almost everything a confederate heritage supporter tries to claim, it’s a lie. He took 47 of his slaves […]

Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives

This is author Candice Shy Hooper discussing her book about the wives of four Union generals during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Candice Hooper talked about her book Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse, in which she profiles the wives of Lincoln’s generals, Ellen Sherman, Julia […]