Summer Issue of Civil War Book Review Now Available

08/13/2013 09:10 AM

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

“This is a very exciting time for Civil War historians,” said CWBR Editor Michael Frawley. “The sesquicentennial of the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg has just past. A great deal of new and interesting work has been published about the Civil War because of these new events.”

“Living history, new books such as those featured and reviewed here, and other, newer ways of presenting information have all come out very recently,” he added. “One example of this is the Smithsonian’s new look at Gettysburg using interactive GIS maps. Taken altogether, our understanding of the Civil War has never been better.”

The books featured in the summer issue of CWBR look at many new or forgotten parts of the war. Gretchen Long, who graciously granted the review a wonderful interview last issue, is the author of the first featured book, “Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation.” As discussed in the interview, this book examines medical care as a vehicle for African American advancement and citizenship.

“River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom,” Walter Johnson’s new work, explores the role of slavery in the expansion and development of the United States, ultimately leading to war. Bruce Levine delves into the upheaval in the South, and beyond, in the aftermath of the war in his book, “The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South.” Finally, it seems appropriate after the recent remembrance events that took place at Gettysburg, to take a new look at the leader of the Union army who won the battle, which Tom Huntington does so well in his recent work, “Searching for George Gordon Meade.”

Stephen Kantrowitz is the subject of this issues author interview. CWBR talked in detail about this recent work, “More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic,” a must read for anyone interested in the successes and failures of African Americans as they worked to carve out a place for themselves in the American republic. Finally, Frank Williams’ column, “A Look at Lincoln,” returns with a discussion of Benjamin Franklin Cooling III’s new work, “The Day Lincoln was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story.”

“Taken altogether, I hope, that these reviews, interviews, and columns will help readers to expand their understanding of the Civil War, while providing them with new ideas that they can take to the classroom, battlefield parks, and speaking engagements and help us to inspire a new generation of Americans as to the importance of this period in our history,” Frawley said.

Civil War Book Review 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.

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

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013