Book of the Week


Defining Duty in the Civil War:
Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front

by J. Matthew Gallman

"A compelling examination of how struggling northerners defined, debated, and delineated loyal behavior during the four years of the American Civil War. At once entertaining and enlightening, Gallman’s lively survey of an impressive range of print literature yields fresh understanding of the evolving roles that patriotic Union civilians aspired to emulate."
--Joan Waugh, author of U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth

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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. […]