Book of the Week


Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War
by Stephen Cushman
foreword by Gary W. Gallagher

"From the lilt of Lincoln’s language to the barbs of Bierce and the pageantry of Chamberlain, Belligerent Muse takes readers into the complicated literary history of how the war was spun and how a national bloodletting transformed the writing of history and the history of writing in the United States."
--Stephen Berry, University of Georgia
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Video: Elizabeth Leonard on The Civil War Monitor’s “Behind the Lines”

In this video, Elizabeth Leonard talks to the Civil War Monitor about Joseph Holt. She says Joseph Holt is “a very much forgotten personage from our historical past, and he’s someone who I think is probably the most important people from Lincoln’s administration who has been forgotten about.” [...]

Elizabeth D. Leonard co-winner of 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

Elizabeth D. Leonard is co-winner of the prestigious 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for her book Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky. Receiving honorable mention is Barbara A. Gannon for her book The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic. [...]

Elizabeth D. Leonard: Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally – An Excerpt

An excerpt from the new release Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky, by Elizabeth D. Leonard. [...]

July Roundup: UNC Press Authors in the Media

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Recent blog & radio appearances [...]

Elizabeth D. Leonard: A Historian’s Review of ‘The Conspirator’

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Movie review from the biographer of Joseph Holt. [...]