Sunday, February 11, 2024

Recent Acquisitions to My Library

Dear Uncles: The Civil War Letters of Arthur McKinstry, a Soldier in the Excelsior Brigade, edited by Rick Barram

Colors and Blood: Flag Passions of the Confederate South by Robert Bonner

Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965 by Robert J. Cook

First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery by Ken Ellingwood

To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner by Carole Emberton

The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century, edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson

The Boys of Diamond Hill: The Lives and Civil War Letters of the Boyd Family of Abbeville County, South Carolina, edited by J. Keith Jones

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Recent Acquisitions to My Library

Letters to Belle: Civil War Letters and Life of Chicago Lawyer and Volunteer Colonel John A. Bross, 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, edited by Justine Bross Yildiz

A Grand Terrible Dramma: From Gettysburg to Petersburg - The Civil War Letters of Charles Wellington Reed, edited by Eric A. Campbell

The Abolitionist Civil War: Immediatists and the Struggle to Transform the Union by Frank J. Cirillo

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad by Matthew F. Delmont

Emilie Davis's Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865, edited by Judith Giesberg

On Freedom Road: Bicycle Exploration and the Reckonings on the Underground Railroad by David Goodrich

I Dred the Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam and the End of the Maryland Campaign by D. Scott Hartwig

Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory by Robert F. May

The Vice President's Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers

A Good Cause: Letters from the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, edited by Jonathan Noyalas

Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era by Christian G. Samito

Race and Recruitment, edited by John David Smith

Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia by Nichole Myers Turner

Contrasts in Command: The Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 - June 1, 1862 by Victor Vignola


Saying It Loud: 1966-The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement by Mark Whitaker

Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism by Joel Richard Paul


Thursday, January 4, 2024

Books I Read in 2023

For the past few year's I've shared my reading list from that year. I thought I would do the same this year. As I think I've mentioned before, my reasoning for doing this is to hopefully bring a previously unknown or overlooked book to someone’s attention, or just maybe, a listed title will strike enough curiosity in someone to encourage them to seek it out and read it.

This year I bested last year’s total by thirteen books to make a total of 72.

 Like last year, I’ve bolded the titles of the books that I found particularly interesting or enlightening, offered a fascinating argument, or challenged me to think about new ideas.

 Here’s hoping you see something you will want to read.


1. Awaiting the Heavenly County: The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death by Mark S. Schantz

 2. I Can’t Wait to Call You My Wife: African American Letters of Love and Family in the Civil War Era by Rita Roberts

 3. Pursuing John Brown: On the Trail of a Radical Abolitionist by Joyce Dyer

 4. The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Struggle for American Freedom by H. W. Brands

 5. Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America, edited by James Marten and Caroline Janney

 6. Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia by Thomas Healy

 7. Edward A. Wild and the African Brigade in the Civil War by Frances H. Casstevens

 8. Faces of Civil War Nurses by Ronald S. Coddington

 9. Plowshares into Swords: Race, Rebellion, and Identity in Gabriel’s Virginia, 1730-1810 by James Sidbury

 10. William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia by William C. Kashatus

 11. Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual by Tyler D. Parry

 12. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

 13. Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, edited by W. Fitzhugh Bundage

 14. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent (Harriet Jacobs)

 15. How Race is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the Senses by Mark M. Smith

 16. Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath, edited by Gary W. Gallagher

 17. Delivered Under Fire: Absalom Markland and Freedom’s Mail by Candice Shy Hooper

 18. Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South by David Silkenat

 19. The Blue, the Gray, and Green: Toward an Environmental History of the Civil War, edited by Brian Allen Drake

 20. Untouched by the Conflict: The Civil War Letters of Singleton Ashenfelter, Dickinson College, edited by Jonathan W. White and Daniel Glenn

 21. Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee’s Gallant General by Gary W. Gallagher

 22. The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War by Aaron Sheehan-Dean

 23. All Quiet on the Rappahannock: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Peter Hunt, 1861-1864, 1st Rhode Island Artillery, edited by Sandra A. Turgeon

 24. A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House by Jonathan W. White

 25. James Montgomery: Abolitionist Warrior by Robert C. Conner

 26. Of Age: Boy Soldiers and Military Power in the Civil War Era by Frances Clark and Rebecca Jo Plant

 27. Civil War Field Artillery: Promise and Performance on the Battlefield by Earl J. Hess

 28. At War with King Alcohol: Debating Drinking and Masculinity in the Civil War by Megan Bever

 29. Through Blood and Fire: The Civil War Letters of Maj. Charles J. Mills, 1862-1865, edited by J. Gregory Acken

 30. When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home by Stephen Cowie

 31. Without Concealment, Without Compromise: The Courageous Lives of Black Civil War Surgeons by Jill L. Newmark

 32. Battle: The Nature and Consequences of Civil War Combat, edited by Kent Gramm

 33. Letters to Lizzie: The Story of Sixteen Men in the Civil War and the One Woman Who Connected Them All, edited by James M. Scythes

 34. When This Cruel War is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster, edited by David W. Blight

 35. Private No More: The Civil War Letters of John Lovejoy Murray, 102 USCI, edited by Sharon A. Roger

 36. I Never Again Want to Witness Such Sights: The Civil War Letters of Lt. James A. Thomas, Adj. 107th Pennsylvania, edited by Mary Warner Thomas and Richard Sauers

 37. Symbols of Freedom: Slavery and Resistance before the Civil War by Matthew J. Clavin

 38. John Brown’s Raid: Harpers Ferry and the Coming of the Civil War by Jon-Erik Gilot and Kevin Pawlak

 39. The Civil War Soldier and the Press, edited by Katrina J. Quinn and David B. Sachsman

 40. Mr. Lincoln’s Army by Bruce Catton

 41. Count the Dead: Coroners, Quants, and the Birth of Death as We Know It by Stephen Berry

 44. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

 43. African Americans, Death, and the New Birth of Freedom: Dying during the Civil War and Reconstruction by Ashley Towle

 44. Glory Road by Bruce Catton

 45. Blue and Gray in Black and White by Brayton Harris

 46. New Perspectives on Civil War Era Kentucky, edited by John David Smith

 47. No Place for a Woman: Harriet Dame’s Civil War by Mike Pride

 48. A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

 49. From Western Virginia with Jackson to Spotsylvania with Lee: The Civil War Diaries and Letters of St. Joseph Tucker Randolph by Peter C. Luebke

 50. The Bone Ring: Civil War Journals of Colonel William James Leonard, edited by Gari Carter

 51. Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia by Karida L. Brown

 52. Georgia Boys with “Stonewall” Jackson: James Thomas Thompson and the Walton Infantry, edited by Aurelia Austin

 53. A Civil War Road Trip of a Lifetime: Antietam, Gettysburg, and Beyond by John Banks

 54.  Final Resting Places: Reflections on the Meaning of Civil War Graves, edited by Brian Matthew Jordan and Jonathan W. White

 55. From Binghampton to the Battlefield: The Civil War Letters of Rollin B. Truesdell, edited by Amy J. Truesdell

 56. Faces of Union Soldiers at Culp’s Hill: Gettysburg’s Critical Defense by Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders

 57. The Last Fire-Eater: Roger A. Pryor and Search for a Southern Identity by William A. Link

 58. Dear Sarah: Letters to Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade, edited by Coralou Peel Lassen

 59. Like Grass Before the Scythe: The Life and Death of Sgt. William Remmel, 121st New York Infantry, edited by Robert Patrick Bender

60. Fugitive Slave on Trial: The Anthony Burns Case and Abolitionist Outrage by Earl M. Maltz

 61. Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss by Angela Esco Elder

 62. Letters Home: Henry Matrau of the Iron Brigade, edited by Marcia Reid-Green

 63. Letters of a Civil War Surgeon, edited by Paul Fatout

 64. Georgia Sharpshooter: The Civil War Diary and Letters of William Rhadamanthus Montgomery, edited by George Montgomery, Jr.

 65. The 14th U.S. Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War: John Young Letters, edited by C. Russell Hunley

 66. Charlie’s Civil War: A Private’s Trial by Fire in the 5th New York and 146th New York, edited by Charles Brandagee Livingstone

 67. Ted Barclay, Liberty Hall Volunteers: Letters from the Stonewall Brigade, edited by Charles W. Turner

 68. “This War is an Awful Thing. . . “: Civil War Letters of the National Guard – The 19th and 90th Pennsylvania Volunteers, edited by James Durkin

69. To Address You As My Friend: African Americans’ Letters to Abraham Lincoln, edited by Jonathan W. White

70. The Civil War Letters of George Washington Beidelman, edited by Catherine H. Vanderslice

71. The Abolitionist Civil War: Immediatists and the Struggle to Transform the Union by Frank J. Cirillo

72. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt