Civil War Naval History Thesis Topic and New Book Acquisition: Union Jacks
Union Jacks

I’m narrowing down my thesis topic. I plan to examine the Civil War experience of those who enlisted in the navy under the rank of “Boy” including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class who were under the age of eighteen. From what I’ve seen to date, this is an area not extensively researched. As is always […]

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Historical Research Methods and Digital History

Historical Research Methods  started Monday. I have my virtual pencils sharpened, Moleskine in hand,  and course books on my shelves. There is a GREAT group of students in the class from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world. We also have an excellent professor (Barbara Kaplan). [Note to self: buy her books…they […]

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Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter?

Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter? This may well be the most unusual book I’ll review on Wig-Wags. The good folks at Grand Central Publishing recently sent me an advance review copy of  New York Times best selling author Seth Grahame-Smith’s new book, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I’ll put it into a genre of historical/fantasy/horror. The […]

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New Acquisition: Conrad Wise Chapman: Artist & Soldier of the Confederacy

Fascinated by all that drove public opinion during the nineteenth century, I recently acquired an excellent book: Conrad Wise Chapman: Artist  Soldier of the Confederacy (The Kent State University Press, 1998) Author Ben L. Bassham’s biography includes many of the works of both Conrad Wise and his father, artist John Gadsby Chapman. This book, while […]

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Partners in Command, American Civil War Book Review

JOSEPH T. GLATTHAAR. Partners In Command: The Relationships Between Leaders in the Civil War New York: The Free Press . 1994. Pp. xi, 286. $16.95. Warriors are at their core human beings who succeed or fail in their endeavors in some part because of the their ability to relate with others, whether peers, subordinates, or […]

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New Acquisition – Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime
Supreme Command

I bought this book to assist with an assignment on the command skills of Abraham Lincoln. Author Eliot A. Cohen also examines the records of Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill and David Ben-Gurion in an effort to synthesize why they stand above others as leaders in time of war.

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Book Review: Jefferson Davis and His Generals – The Failure of Confederate Command in the West
Partners in Command

Much has been written about the political and military genius of Abraham Lincoln and the successful leader he grew to be while Commander in Chief of a fractured union. But as the country divided and civil war became a reality, a new leader was called upon to assume the role of Commander in Chief for the Confederacy, the seasoned Jefferson Davis.

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The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta
Bonfire

The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta Marc Wortman ISBN 978-1-58648-482-8 Pub date: 08/11/09 Price: $28.95/36.50 Canada 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 464 pages . The good folks at PublicAffairs Books sent me a review copy of Marc Wortman’s  The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta viewable on my virtual bookshelves here. I […]

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A Separate Country
A Separate Country

The good folks at Hachette Book Group USA sent me a review copy of Robert Hicks’ A Separate Country. A follow up to the bestseller, The Widow of the South, which  hit the New York Times Best Seller List, this new title will be available in bookstores on September 23rd. Multiple versions will be available […]

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The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History
Battle of the Crater

Title: The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History Author: John F. Schmutz Published on: 2009-01-19, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Binding: Hardcover 428 pages ISBN-10: 0786439823 ISBN-13: 978-078643982 I have happily received a review copy of John F. Schmutz’s The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History. I can be counted among those whose […]

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