Category Generals

Union General William Rosecrans

Here’s Professor William Kurtz of the University of Virginia giving a fine presentation on Major General William S. Rosecrans at the 2019 Nau Center for Civil War History Signature Conference. The video’s description reads, “William Kurtz of the University of Virginia talked about General William Rosecrans’ career, reputation, and clashes with superiors such as General Ulysses S. […]

Lincoln, Meade, and Gettysburg Letters

I came across these interesting letters. First, this letter from Lincoln to Meade, never sent, which is very well known. The genesis of it was a message from Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck to Meade on July 14: “The enemy should be pursued and cut up, wherever he may have gone. This pursuit may or […]

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 […]