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The Maps of Fredericksburg

The Maps of Fredericksburg. Bradley M. Gottfried. Savas Beatie (2018). 331 pages, 124 full-page color maps. Reviewed by John Scales.   The Maps of Fredericksburg is a very complete exposition of the campaign leading from Antietam (September 1862) to the... Continue Reading →

September Mourn

September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield, by Alann Schmidt and Terry Barkley, El Dorado Hills:  Savas Beatie LLC, 2018, a Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table Review by Emil L. Posey The Dunker Church is no stranger to... Continue Reading →

Alabama and the Civil War: A History and Guide

Alabama and the Civil War: A History & Guide, by Robert C. Jones, The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 192 pages, $14.26, 2017. Review by Arley McCormick The book should have another subtitle; South of the Tennessee River. But, even... Continue Reading →

General Grant and the Rewriting of History

General Grant and the Rewriting of History, Frank P. Varney, Savas Beatie, El Dorado Hills, California, 2018, $19.95. Review by Edward Kennedy While revisionist history generally has pejorative connotations, General Grant and the Rewriting of History by Dr. Varney is... Continue Reading →

Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness

Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness.  Mark J. Crawford, Savas Beatie, LLC, El Dorado Hills, California. 2017, 177 pages, $18.95. Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table Review by Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr  ... Continue Reading →

Grant

Ron Chernow is a renowned biographer in the fields of business and finance, and American politics.  He won the National Book Award in 1990 for his first book, The House of Morgan, and his second book, The Warburgs, won the... Continue Reading →

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

Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Volume One, Generals and Generalship, By Richard J. Sommers, Savas Beatie Publishers, 2018, Reviewed by David Lady, President; Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. Richard Sommers’ fame as a historian rests on forty... Continue Reading →

A Vast Sea of Misery and A Strange and Blighted Land

A Vast Sea of Misery, A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1 – November 20, 1863, by Gregory A. Coco, El Dorado Hills:  Savas Beatie LLC, 2017, a Tennessee Valley Civil War... Continue Reading →

The War Outside My Window

The War Outside My Window. Edited by Janet Elizabeth Croom. Savas Beatie, 2018.418 pages. Review by former President, John Scales    The War Outside My Window is a very interesting and entertaining find, a diary written by a teenage boy who... Continue Reading →

Silent Sentinels

Silent Sentinels, A Reference Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg, by George W. Newton, El Dorado Hills:  Savas Beatie LLC, 2017, A Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table review by Emil L. Posey, In the US Army, Field Artillery is... Continue Reading →

Death, Disease, and Life at War

Death, Disease, and Life at War, The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, IIIth and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862 – 1865, by Christopher E. Loperfido, 139 pages, Savas Beatie, 2018, a Tennessee Valley Civil War Round... Continue Reading →

“The Bloody Fifth”

“The Bloody Fifth”, The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, Volume 2: Gettysburg to Appomattox, by John F. Schmutz, 367 pages, Savas Biety, 2017, a Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table review by Arley McCormick.... Continue Reading →

The Generals of Shiloh, Character in Leadership, April 6 – 7, 1862

Author Larry Tagg introduces the General Officer leadership in the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of Ohio, and the Army of the Mississippi in the context of the Battle at Shiloh. General Ulysses Grant, General Don Carlos Buell, General Albert Sidney Johnston, General P.G.T. Beauregard, General Braxton Bragg, General Leonidas Polk were mostly inexperienced commanders of large formations in battle. But, what of the other Generals that fought?

Under the Crescent Moon: With the XI Corps in the Civil War, Volume I.

Under the Crescent Moon is the first volume of a history of the famous, or infamous, Union army corps that somewhat unfairly received the blame for the collapse of Union lines at Chancellorsville and during Gettysburg’s first day. The purpose of the author is clear: remove the stain associated with the corps by blaming its commander O. O. Howard and anti-German (“Dutch”) prejudice for its sullied reputation.

The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave (vol. 2) and Barren Victory (vol. 3)

Author David Powell has completed the second and third volumes in what is considered the best in-depth study of the Chickamauga Campaign. These are The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave, and The Chickamauga Campaign: Barren Victory. Powell’s magnificent study fully explores the battle from all perspectives and is based upon over fifteen years of intensive study and research that has uncovered nearly 2,000 primary sources from generals to private, all stitched together to relate the remarkable story that was Chickamauga. Using a plethora of first-hand accounts and regimental studies, many of which have never been heard of or read about, Powell takes the reader on a journey into the soldier’s lives and actions during their time in Tennessee and Georgia in 1863.

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