Spring Issue of Civil War Book Review Now Available

05/30/2014 08:20 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Civil War Book Review, or CWBR, a quarterly journal published by the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections Division, has released its spring 2014 issue at www.cwbr.com.


“It is amazing to see how vibrant scholarship on the Civil War continues to be,” said CWBR Editor Michael Frawley. “Hundreds of books have passed through this office in the past year adding to and expanding upon our understanding of the Civil War Era. The reviews, columns and interview in this issue exemplify the extent of Civil War scholarship.”


The featured reviews published in the spring issue expand upon a variety of topics about the war. Michael Kreyling’s “A Late Encounter With the Civil War” is a slim volume reviewing how the war has been remembered and explored since the end of the conflict. “Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South,” by Jaime Amanda Martinez explores the relationship between Southerners and the Confederate government over slaves during the war. Margaret Garner’s story and the horrors of slavery are brought to light in “Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner,” edited by Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters. The final featured review is Gen. John Bell Hood’s first battle in command after replacing Joseph E. Johnston in “The Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie,” written by Robert D. Jenkins, Sr. In addition, the issue includes a piece about Abraham Lincoln. “I Am Abraham,” is a fictional account of the life of Lincoln by Jerome Charyn.


There are two featured columns this month. Frank Williams’ column, “A Look At Lincoln,” reviews two recent works on Lincoln’s relationships with important constituencies. “Civil War Treasures,” written by Jennifer Mitchell, explores the political confrontations that led to the Civil War.


Finally, CWBR included an interview in its recent issue. Kathryn Shively Meier discusses her recent work “Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia.”


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 located within the 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, at 225-578-3553 or at mfrawl1@tigers.lsu.edu.



Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014