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by Keith Harris
1w ago
Greetings friends! How many books are there about Abraham Lincoln? I mean, I am not sure - but it is certainly more than any mortal could ever read. Just for a visual reference - take a look at the pic with the ginormous collection of books looming behind me. This is the Ford’s Theater Museum gift shop in Washington City - which boasts a tower of Lincoln books numbering in the thousands, or so it appears. But - there is always room for more. Case in point: way back in 2009, Michael Burlingame published an epic two-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life. But what’s even better than that, Jo ..read more
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The Rebs' Best Shot
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by Keith Harris
2w ago
In class today we were discussing General Albert Sidney Johnston…and the hopes for victory that Confederates placed on his shoulders. Without question, Johnston was held in high regard by many due to his exceptional leadership skills and talent for strategy. His military experience and command of troops inspired confidence in the Confederate forces, marking him as a linchpin for early victories. Johnston's proficiency in devising tactical plans and his ability to inspire and lead soldiers created a sense of hope and possibility for the Confederates. But then…tragedy struck for the hopeful Reb ..read more
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One More War to Fight by Stephen A. Goldman
Keith Harris History » Civil War
by Keith Harris
4M ago
I was very excited when I received my copy of Stephen Goldman’s One More War to Fight: Union Veterans’ Battle for Equality through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Lost Cause. As you may know, years ago I published a book about Civil War veterans, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans, and I have remained interested in these guys ever since. In fact, I am currently working on a book on how Union veterans envisioned their fight in terms of American exceptionalism. So naturally, I was eager to dive into Goldman’s work. I’ll start by saying that I very m ..read more
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Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac Trilogy from the Library of America
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by Keith Harris
8M ago
Gary W. Gallagher, ed., Catton - The Army of the Potomac Trilogy (The Library of America, 2022). My grandparents gave me my first Civil War history book for Christmas in 1982 - it was Bruce Catton’s The Civil War - the narrative portion of the American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War, which was first published in 1960. We had ancestors who had served in the Confederate Army, and I had expressed an interest in the fight. As I pored over Catton’s words, I became even more enthralled with the story of the war: larger-than-life characters, a nation in peril, epic battles - what kid woul ..read more
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Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War - A Book Review
Keith Harris History » Civil War
by Keith Harris
10M ago
Yes - you should buy this book. Greetings all! Those of you who tend to pay attention know that I teach at a Modern Orthodox Jewish High School. Soooooo, for my year-long class on the Civil War and Reconstruction I thought the kids would enjoy learning about Jews in the Civil War. Years ago, before I did the research that would provide the foundation for this unit, I didn’t know all that much about the Jewish experience in 19th-century America beyond the basics. There were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 Jews in the United States in 1860, most of them were recent immigrants from coun ..read more
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Top Three History Books for 2022!!
Keith Harris History » Civil War
by Keith Harris
1y ago
Hey all, I had the pleasure of appearing with John Heckman - aka The Tattooed Historian - on his YouTube live stream the other day. We each listed our top three history book picks for 2022, then John ran a viewer poll to see which picks the audience most wanted to read - you’ll have to watch to see who won…I’m not going to spoil it :) Fun was had by all…as you can plainly see. So I am looking forward to more of these sorts of shows in the future. And in case you’re really dying to get you hands on one (or all) of these books - here you go: My picks: Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War by Adam D ..read more
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When Hell Came to Sharpsburg
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by Keith Harris
1y ago
Steven Cowie, When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called It Home (Savas Beatie, 2022). Here’s a question that I pose to my Civil War students early in the school year: what first comes to mind when we think of Civil War armies in action? They tend to bring up the vast numbers: men in blue and gray sweeping across fields of battle engaged in combat. Of course the bloodshed takes center stage - wrecked bodies and death on a scale that is difficult for students to imagine…try as they might. Many discuss the carnage beyond the physical to the p ..read more
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Beyond the Beast - A New Book on Benjamin Franklin Butler
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by Keith Harris
1y ago
Elizabeth D. Leonard, Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life (UNC Press, 2022). Union General Benjamin F. Butler gets a fair amount of coverage in my Civil War class. Of course, we discuss his May 1861 Ft. Monroe “contraband of war” policy in relation to the long road to emancipation. We get to his May 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign against Richmond, where his Army of the James stalled out against troops under Confederate Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. But my students tend to respond most to the infamous New Orleans 1862 “Woman Order” aka General Order #28, where Butler decreed th ..read more
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Beyond the Beast - A New Book on Benjamin Franklin Butler
Keith Harris History » Civil War
by Keith Harris
1y ago
Elizabeth D. Leonard, Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life (UNC Press, 2022). Union General Benjamin F. Butler gets a fair amount of coverage in my Civil War class. Of course, we discuss his May 1861 Ft. Monroe “contraband of war” policy in relation to the long road to emancipation. We get to his May 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign against Richmond, where his Army of the James stalled out against troops under Confederate Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. But my students tend to respond most to the infamous New Orleans 1862 “Woman Order” aka General Order #28, where Butler decreed th ..read more
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Grant vs. Lee - New from the Emerging Civil War Series
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by Keith Harris
1y ago
Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch, eds., Grant vs. Lee: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War (Savas Beatie, 2022). In popular culture, it would be tough to argue that the 1864 Overland Campaign, the Siege of Petersburg, and the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in 1865 get the same attention as the big set-piece battles in the East, between 1861 and 1863, winding their way toward Gettysburg. Case in point - remember the sesquicentennial? There was a ton of national whoop-dee-do about the 150-year anniversary of the war until abou ..read more
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