Fall 2014 Issue of Civil War Book Review Now Online

11/14/2014 03:13 PM

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


The fall issue is the first for new Editor Zach Isenhower.

“It is a great honor for me to be able to formally introduce myself to our readers,” said Isenhower. “I have been lucky to take over the Civil War Book Review with the support of the staff at LSU Special Collections and with the journal having been handed off to me in such excellent shape by our previous editor, Michael Frawley.”

This issue’s featured reviews cover an array of Civil War scholarship, from religion and antislavery to politics to memory. Margot Minardi reviews “Quakers and Abolition,” edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank, a collection of essays adding valuable nuance to the well-known connection between the Friends, antislavery and abolition. John David Smith examines Brian Wills’ revisit of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow in his review of “The River Was Dyed with Blood.” Work on the memory and interpretation of the war and its battlefields focuses on the role of the National Park Service in J. Christian Spielvogel’s “Interpreting Sacred Ground,” reviewed by Mark Ehlers. Finally, Kevin Adams reviews Jonathan W. White’s critical reexamination of the role Union soldiers played in republican victory in the election of 1864.

The fall issue of CWBR also contains four feature columns, some familiar and some new. Hans Rasmussen offers a look at the plight of unemployed Confederate veterans in this issue’s “Civil War Treasures” column. While the importance of the Civil War to creating some of the first social security programs in American history with veteran’s pensions is well known, resultant focus on Union veterans overshadows the experience of Southern veterans, who could hardly expect the largesse of the government they had rebelled against. Rasmussen’s column reminds readers how different the two groups’ experiences could be. In “A Look at Lincoln,” Frank Williams offers a look at Harold Holzer’s work on Lincoln’s use of the press. The author interview in this issue features William S. King, independent scholar and author of “To Raise Up a Nation.”

It is a time of transition for CWBR, not only as it changes editors but also as the sesquicentennial begins to wind down. In response, this issue debuts a new column opportunity for the Review, space to continue its role as a facilitator for dialogue among the best scholars on the era.

“I hope this space will, when appropriate, continue to offer a forum for fruitful discussion in future issues,” said Isenhower.



Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014