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Winter 2014 Issue of Civil War Book Review Now Online

02/24/2014 09:37 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Civil War Book Review, a quarterly journal published by the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections Division, has released its winter 2014 issue at

The author interview this issue is with Elizabeth Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. In the interview, she discusses her recent book “Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War.” Varon delves into the importance of Appomattox in all possible ways, militarily, socially, and politically, and sees why it resonates still today.

This issue’s featured reviews run a gamut of topics about the war. While not directly about the war, Mark Cheathem’s “Andrew Jackson, Southerner” explains the development of politics and society that eventually led to the war. “Marrow of Tragedy,” by Margaret Humphreys, explores a topic that is becoming very important in Civil War studies today – medical care during the war. The collection of essays edited by Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke shows how violent and personal the war was in Kansas and Missouri in “Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.” Finally, Susannah J. Ural’s “Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It” gives a look at what the people who lived during the war thought about the upheaval going on around them.

One new section of the review is a featured fiction review. The first installment is of “Silent We Stood” by Henry Chappell. This book is about the Underground Railroad in Texas. Many people get their first taste of the Civil War from historical fiction, and as a clearing house of all books written about the Civil War era, the Civil War Book Review will now help to highlight what new books are out there. CWBR is looking for qualified fiction reviewers, so if you are interested please contact the review.

There are two wonderful feature columns this month. The Civil War Treasures Column, written by Tara Laver, curator of manuscripts at the LSU Special Collections, deals with the problems of marriage in her column “Love is a Battlefield: Courtship and Marriage in the Civil War.” Frank J. Williams’ column, “Looking at Lincoln,” focuses on a new book by Thomas Boger, “Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre.”

Finally, CWBR is preparing to enter the video age. There are plans to switch the author interviews over to video interviews and post them to the website. A full transcript will still be posted, and there is hope to have more than just the author interviews on the video channel so stay tuned to see what is next.

CWBR is published in the months of February, May, August and November. To receive e-mail reminders of upcoming issues and special features on the website, click on “Sign me up for CWBR Updates!” link at the bottom of any page in the journal. From there, readers can provide contact information to receive these e-mail reminders. Contact information will not be shared with any third party.

CWBR is the journal of record for new or newly reprinted books about the antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction eras, and is a project of the United States Civil War Center, LSU Libraries Special Collections. A reader’s survey can be accessed through the CWBR homepage.

To contribute to the CWBR fund, or for information on editorial matters, contact Michael Frawley, CWBR editor, by phone at 225-578-3553 or by email at

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