Book of the Week


Lincoln's Forgotten Ally:
Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky

by Elizabeth D. Leonard

Now available in paperback

“[With] Leonard’s skillful research and careful assessment. . . . Joseph Holt will no longer remain an obscure figure.”
--Journal of American History

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William Marvel: Now He Belongs to the Ages?

One of the more touching moments in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination came when a surgeon announced that the president was dead, whereupon the secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, broke the silence. “Now he belongs to the ages,” Stanton ostensibly observed, with a poetic spontaneity for which he was not known. Numerous people recount some form of the quote, but none of them recorded their memory of the phrase until a generation later, after it appeared in the multi-volume Lincoln biography by his former secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay. Nicolay was not in Washington that night; Hay is often depicted at the bedside, although the room was not big enough to accommodate all who have subsequently been placed around it at the moment of the president’s death. […]

Graham T. Dozier: The Battle of Cedar Creek: The Best of Days, the Worst of Days

Two days later, when Tom took the time to send Susan a letter, he was still stunned. “In the morning [the Confederates] were lions, in the evening lambs. Such facts are incredible to one who has not witnessed them but they are unfortunately too true.” In the same letter, dated October 21, Carter offered a simple opinion as to why the battle had been lost. “The Yankee discipline,” he asserted, “is immeasurably superior to ours.” In a rare moment of frustration, he lashed out at the behavior of his army’s leaders. […]

Graham T. Dozier: A Civil War Tourist in 1861

Much like a modern visitor to a Civil War battlefield, Tom Carter desired not only to know what happened there but also to try and understand the battle’s importance. […]

Rod Andrew Jr.: When South Carolina Had Two Governors

Hampton sought to overthrow the corrupt Republican regime in Columbia and promised to protect black civil rights; Chamberlain had tried to bring reform and publicly dismissed Hampton’s promises to black voters. […]

Rod Andrew Jr.: Wade Hampton, One of the Last Confederate Generals to Surrender

[This article is crossposted at UNCPressBlog.com.]

We welcome a guest post today from Rod Andrew Jr., author of Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer, which is now available in a new paperback edition. One of the South’s most illustrious military leaders, Wade Hampton III was for a time the commander of all Lee’s cavalry […]