Len’s Book Review: Anti-Slavery Addresses of 1844 and 1845

No star rating Anti-Slavery Addresses of 1844 and 1845 By Salmon Portland Chase and Charles Dexter Cleveland  (Sampson, Low, Son and Marston, 1867; reprinted by Negro Universities Press, 1969) By Len Riedel A few weeks ago, I finished a book from my African American shelf intending to roll it into July. But then, having also … Read more

Len’s Book Review: Reflections on the Civil War

Reflections on the Civil War  By Bruce Catton, edited by John Leekley (Doubleday and Company, 1981, 240 pages plus index) In 1973, as a cadet at Virginia Military Institute, I took the legendary professor John Barrett’s course on the Civil War and Reconstruction. As part of the class, we were required to read 1,000 pages … Read more

Len’s Book Review: Hymns of the Republic

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War By Samuel C. Gwynne (Scribner Press, 2019, 325 pages) A couple of years ago I was given Rebel Yell, a new biography on Stonewall Jackson that was very highly regarded. I set it aside, having read Bud Robertson’s definitive biography on Jackson. … Read more

Len’s Book Review: Articles of War: Winners, Losers, and Some Who Were Both in the Civil War

  Articles of War: Winners, Losers, and Some Who Were Both in the Civil War By Albert Castel (Stackpole Books, 2001, 244 pages) With a personal library of more than 5,000 books, I have more books than I will ever read in my life. And so, in selecting “unread” books, I went to my various … Read more

Len’s Book Review: The Road to Appomattox

The Road to Appomattox By Bell Irvin Wiley (Memphis State College Press, 1956) A legend in the Civil War historical community, Bell Wiley was noted for his two seminal studies of the common soldiers of the Confederacy and Union: The Life of Johnny Reb was published in 1943 in the midst of World War 2, and The … Read more

Len’s Book Review: Storm Over the Land, A Profile of the Civil War

Storm Over the Land: A Profile of the Civil War By Carl Sandburg (Mariner Books, 2000; originally published 1939) In our current assault on American history, it is often useful to reflect back on how war was treated in our past. Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and historian Carl Sandburg presents us with one such prism with … Read more

Book Review: Meade at Gettysburg, A Study in Command

Meade at Gettysburg, A Study in Command By Kent Masterson Brown (UNC Press, 2021) Check out this interview with Brown on BGES’s YouTube channel: A Conversation with Kent Masterson Brown on his book, Meade at Gettysburg.“ This came close to being my first 5-star review, but It fell short as I will explain in a … Read more

Book Review: Stephen A. Swails, Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction

Stephen A. Swails, Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction By Gordon C. Rhea (LSU Press, forthcoming November 2021) Gordon Rhea will be leading the BGES tour “The 1864 Overland Campaign Part 1: Grant versus Lee,” on October 18-23, 2021. There are two related videos on BGES YouTube channels that are worth a … Read more

Book Review: Tullahoma: The Forgotten Campaign that Changed the Course of the Civil War

Tullahoma: The Forgotten Campaign that Changed the Course of the Civil War, June 23–July 4, 1863 David A. Powell and Erc J. Wittenburg (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001) David Powell continues a relentless publication schedule that has established him as the “go-to” guy for all things Middle Tennessee and Northern Georgia—not to mention, his recent … Read more