Spring Issue of Civil War Book Review Now Available

05/31/2013 03:33 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Civil War Book Review, a quarterly journal published by the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections Division, has released its spring 2013 issue at www.cwbr.com.

Gretchen Long’s new work, “Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation,” is the subject of this issue’s Author Interview, and is a perfect example of how new subjects on the war are constantly being explored. Long’s work delves into an area that has not been well studied, the importance of medical care as an expression of freedom and independence for slaves and freedmen before, during, and after the war.

The featured reviews this issue cover a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional aspects of the period, blazing new trails to future study. Caleb Smith’s, “The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War,” explores how trials and legal writings effected other forms of literature and popular culture, giving a unique look at the time leading up to the Civil War. “The Best Station of Them All: The Savannah Squadron, 1861-1865,” by Maurice Mellon, looks at a neglected part of Naval history, individual squadron histories of the Confederate Navy.

Harry Laver takes a new look at Ulysses S. Grant to show how he grew as a leader from his earliest days in the Army to Appomattox in “The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant: A General Who Will Fight.” Finally is a volume that explores the impact of T. Harry Williams, the eminent historian of the war who not only was a great scholar, but a great teacher, in, “Lee and His Generals: Essays in Honor of T. Harry Williams,” edited by Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott.

Beyond the reviews featured this issue, Michael Taylor continues his excellent column of “Civil War Treasures,” focusing on how Southerners filled the gaps in education without access to Northern book publishers. While the “Sesquicentennial Column” features a review of the current standing of the military history of the Civil War by Earl Hess, an expert in the field.

“As I take over the Review I would be remiss if I did not thank all of the authors, publishers and reviewers that make a publication like this possible and highly enjoyable to work at,” said Editor Michael Frawley. “Thank you for all of your time and effort which continues to drive forward our understanding of this complex period in American history.”

Civil War Book Review 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 Civil War Book Review fund, or for information on editorial matters, contact Frawley by phone at 225-578-3553 or by email at mfrawl1@tigers.lsu.edu.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013