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

Book Review: Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment

Hope & Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Edited by Martin Blatt, Thomas J. Brown, and Donald Yacovone, foreword by Gen. Colin Powell (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001) They were not the first, but they were arguably the most famous black regiment in United States military history. The 54th Massachusetts Infantry … Read more

Book Review: Travels to Hallowed Ground by Emory M. Thomas

Travels to Hallowed Ground: A Historian’s Journey to the American Civil War By Emory M. Thomas (University of South Carolina Press, 1987) Emory Thomas is one of the most revered of academic Civil War historians, and so it is with regret that I rate his musings so low. In fairness, as with all such books … Read more

Book Review: Rebel Victory at Vicksburg by Ed Bearss

Rebel Victory at Vicksburg By Edwin Bearss (Pioneer Press, 1963) The legend outlives the man and our memories of Ed Bearss long overshadowed our objectivity, and so picking up a book written before Ed became a legend is both daunting and filled with land mines. What if he was all bluster, a showman who was … Read more

Book Review: Dee Brown’s Civil War Anthology

Dee Brown’s Civil War Anthology By Dee Brown, edited by Stan Banah (Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, 1998) Like many of you, the name Dee Brown is somewhat familiar to me. If you collect books, you have seen many of his books in a reprint edition by Konecky Press or some other secondary publisher, oftentimes … Read more