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Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi: Volume 3 – Essays on America’s Civil War. By Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott. University of Tennessee Press, 2019. The third volume of essays on Confederate generals in the Trans-Mississippi theater and their operations.

James Riley Weaver’s Civil War: The Diary of a Union Cavalry Officer and Prisoner of War, 1863-1865. By John T. Schlotterbeck, Wesley W. Wilson, Midori Kawaue, and Harold A. Klingensmith. Kent State University Press, 2019. Diary of a Union officer held in a POW camp for seventeen months.

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26-December 2, 1863. By Chris Mackowski. Savas Beatie, 2018. A guide and history of the Mine Run Campaign in late Autumn 1863.

General E.A. Paine in Western Kentucky: Assessing the “Reign of Terror” of the Summer of 1864. By Dieter C. Ullrich and Berry Craig. McFarland Publishers, 2018. An analysis of General E.A. Paine’s controversial tenure as commander of the District of Western Kentucky in the summer of 1864.

A Yankee Regiment in Confederate Louisiana: The 31st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Gulf South. By Larry Lowenthal. Louisiana State University Press, 2019. The story of the first federal unit, made up primarily of men from central and western Massachusetts, to enter and occupy New Orleans during the Civil War. 

Texas Brigadier To the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood. By Stephen Davis. Mercer University Press, 2019. The first of a two-volume examination of Hood’s career, the first volume covering his rise from Lieutenant to General in 1861-1864.

Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient. Waterbrook, 2020. The narrative story of a Green Beret Medic’s life in Vietnam and afterward.

Carrying the Colors: The Life and Legacy of Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew Jackson Smith. By W. Robert Beckman and Sharon S. MacDonald with Andrew S. Bowman and Esther L. Bowman. Westholme Publishing, 2020. A look into the life of the soldier who saved the colors of the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during its fight at the battle of Honey Hill and earned the Medal of Honor for his heroics.

The Quaker Sergeant’s War: The Civil War Diary of Sergeant David M. Haworth. Edited by Gene Allen. TCU Press, 2020. The diary of a Civil War soldier, accompanied by commentary and context provided by the editor. 

Vicksburg Besieged. Edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear. Southern Illinois University Press, 2020. An anthology collection of essays examining multiple aspects of the final phase of the Vicksburg campaign.

The US Volunteers in the Southern Philippines: Counterinsurgency, Pacification, and Collaboration, 1899-1901. By John Scott Reed. University Press of Kansas, 2020. This work tells the story of the United States Volunteers, 25 regiments raised to fill the role of occupation troops until the Regular Army relieved them.

Tempest over Texas: The Fall and Winter Campaigns of 1863–1864. By Donald S. Frazier. State House Press, 2020. The fourth installment of Frazier’s series on the Western theater, Frazier examines the confused post-Vicksburg world west of the Mississippi for the Confederacy.  

The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison: America’s First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent. By Elizabeth Atwood. Naval Institute Press, 2020. The story of one of the nation’s first international female intelligence operatives. (Electronic copy)

The Hardest Lot of Men: The Third Minnesota Infantry in the Civil War. By Joseph C. Fitzharris. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019. A look at the history of a Union unit that saw action throughout the Western theater of the Civil War, as well as in actions against the Dakota Indians.  

Behind the Lines: A Critical Survey of Special Operations in World War II. By Michael F. Dilley. Casemate Publishers, 2013. A look at employment of special-purpose forces and mission organizations during World War II.

Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts. Edited by Daniel Krebs and Lorien Foote. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A wide-ranging investigation of the role POWs played in various aspects of American warfare.

D-Day Cover-Up at Pointe Du Hoc: The History of the 2nd and 5th US Army Rangers 1st May – 10th June 1944 Volume 2. By Gary Sterne. Pen & Sword, 2018. A critical examination of the circumstances surrounding the Ranger’s famed attack at Utah beach.

The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January-May 1864. By Hampton Newsome. University Press of Kansas, 2019. A look at the broader context of the fighting in North Carolina and the political and social forces involved.

Decisions at Gettysburg: The Twenty Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle. By Matt Spruill. The University of Tennessee Press, 2019. A step-by-step examination of Gettysburg’s key inflection points.

The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War. By Kenneth W. Noe. Louisiana State University Press, 2020. Noe takes a look at the climatic and other environmental impacts that influenced events in the Civil War.

The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station through Falling Waters, June 9-July 14, 1863. By Bradley M. Gottfried. Savas Beatie, 2020. An illustrated guide with color maps of the routes and various actions fought by Union and Confederate Cavalry.

The Sexual Economy of War: Discipline and Desire in the U.S. Army. By Andrew Byers. Cornell University Press, 2019. A look at how the U.S. Army has regulated matters of sexuality throughout its history.

Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform. By Brandon J. Archuleta. University Press of Kansas, 2020. A history of the Military Pension and the fraught politics surrounding changes to it.

Head Hunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley. By Peter C. Svoboda. Casemate, 2020. A battle history of the 73d Cavalry Regiment beginning with its deployment to Diyala in 2006. 

Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters. Edited by Erik Door and Jared Frederick. Permuted Press, 2020. A collection of Major Winters’ letters and other correspondence from World War II.

My Dear Nelly: The Selected Civil War Letters of General Orlando M. Poe To His Wife Eleanor. Edited by Paul Taylor. Kent State University Press, 2020. A collection of letters between a Civil War icon and his wife in Ohio.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863. By Earl J. Hess. University of North Carolina Press, 2020. A look at the initial assaults on the Vicksburg fortifications before grant settled into a siege.

Obstinate Heroism: The Confederate Surrenders after Appomattox. By Steven J. Ramold. The University of North Texas Press, 2020. The end of the Civil War after the Civil War had ended.

Courage Under Fire: The 101st Airborne’s Hidden Battle at Tam Ky. By Ed Sherwood, LTC, US Army (Ret.). Casemate Publishers, 2021. An examination of the action at Tam KY using declassified records and eyewitness accounts.

The Damnedest Set of Fellows: A History of Georgia’s Cherokee Artillery. By Garry D. Fisher and Zack C. Waters. Mercer University Press, 2020. A look at an artillery battery in the Confederate Army of Tennessee that fought in almost every major battle of the Western Theater.

Atlanta’s Fighting 42nd: Joseph Johnston’s “Old Guard.” By Clifford Roberts, Jr. & Frank E. Clark. Mercer University Press, 2020. A unit history of the 42d Georgia Volunteer Infantry from its inception in 1862 through the end of the war.

Embattled Capital: A Guide to Richmond During the Civil War. By Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw. Savas Beatie, 2021. A look at life Richmond during the Civil War, and the legacy the war wrought in the city’s history.

Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station: The Army of the Potomac’s First Post-Gettysburg Offensive, From Kelly’s Ford to the Rapidan, October 21 to November 20, 1863. By Jeffrey Wm Hunt. Savas Beatie 2021. A follow-up and the third of four volume’s covering Meade’s sole control of the Army of the Potomac, Hunt examines the warfare of maneuver that defined the Meade-Lee standoff in late 1863.

Massacring Indians: From Horseshoe Bend to Wounded Knee. By Robert L. Nichols. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. An examination of ten significant massacres committed by U.S. Army units against Native Americans. 

Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved The Cause of Liberty. By Jack Kelly. St. Martin’s Press, 2021. A look at the action on Lake Champlain that thwarted a British invasion of the Northeast from Canada and the key players involved.

Rangers Led The Way: WWII Army Rangers in Their Own Words. By Chris Ketcherside and George Despotis, MD. A collection of interviews from 20 Rangers in World War II.

To The Last Man: A National Guard Regiment in the Great War, 1917, 1919. By Jonathan D. Bratten. Combat Studies Institute Press, 2020. A unit history of the 103d Infantry Regiment.

A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac. By Zachery A. Fry. The University of North Carolina Press, 2020. A look at the political identity of the Army of the Potomac, the enlisted and officers, and how that identity changed over time.

Till Death Do Us Part: The Letters of Emory and Emily Upton 1868-1870. Edited by Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. A collection of correspondence between a U.S. Army officer and his wife in the mid-19th century.

Major General James A. Ulio: How the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army Enabled Allied Victory. By Alan E. Mesches. Casemate Publishers, 2020. The man faced with the task of building the U.S. Army into a force capable of fighting on two fronts on opposite ends of the globe.

Paying Freedom’s Price: A History of African Americans in the Civil War. By Paul D. Escott. Rowmann & Littlefield, 2017. A chronological and thematic approach to the African American soldier’s experience in the Civil War.

Ambitious Honour: George Armstrong Custer’s Life of Service and Lust for Fame. By James E. Mueller. The University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. Mueller makes the argument that Custer’s artistic creativity is what drove his ambitious and perhaps reckless nature.

First Chaplain of the Confederacy: Father Darius Hubert, S.J. By Katherine Bentley Jeffrey. Louisiana State University Press, 2020. A French-born Jesuit priest who served in the Army of Northern Virginia for the entirety of the war.

Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines. By Gregory A. Daddis. Cambridge University Press, 2021. An evaluation of one of the enduring pieces of popular culture, the adventure magazine, and its impact on the culture and psyche of American soldiers in Vietnam.

Phoenix 13: Americal Division Artillery Air Section Helicopters in Vietnam. By Darryl James. Pen & Sword, 2020. The personal accounts of Darryl James, a pilot who flew small scout helicopters in Vietnam in 1968-1969. 

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command. By Kent Masterson Brown. University of North Carolina Press, 2021. A look at Meade’s leadership during the campaign at Gettysburg in July 1863.

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg. By Edward G. Longacre. Potomac Books, 2021. An examination of a Union Cavalry officer’s contributions to the defense of the Union right flank at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare. Edited by Timothy Heck and B.A. Friedman. Marine Corps University Press, 2020. A collection of twenty-three essays examining amphibious operations and warfare throughout history.

Fighting Means Killing: Civil War Soldiers and the Nature of Combat. By Jonathan M. Steplyk. University Press of Kansas, 2018. A look at the psychology of warfare in the Civil War and how it shaped the American soldier’s experience for the latter half of the 19th century.

Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution. By Steven Elliot. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. An examination of the logistics, politics, and weather elements involved in keeping the young American Army alive and fit when during periods of malaise and bad weather.

The Death of Hitler’s War Machine: The Final Destruction of the Wehrmacht. By Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. Regnery History, 2021. A look at the end of the war on the Western front, from the Battle of the Bulge to the final days in Berlin.

Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General. By David T. Dixon. The University of Tennessee Press, 2020. The story of an immigrant who rose from the rank of private to Brigadier General examined through a global lens.

Securing the MRAP: Lessons Learned in Marketing and Military Procurement. By James M. Hasik. Texas A&M University Press, 2021. A look into the campaign to get the Army to procure Mine Resistant Ambush protected vehicles. 

The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865. By Noah Andre Trudeau. Little, Brown & Company, 1991. A look at the final stages of the Civil War, and its penultimate campaign in the Eastern Theater.

To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee May 13-25, 1864. By Gordon C. Rhea. Lousiana State University Press, 2000. An examination of the initial twelve days of the overland campaign between Grant and Lee. 

Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed. Edited by Christian B. Keller. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A collection of essays examining the South’s strategies and leadership.

The Siege of Vicksburg: The Climax of the Campaign to Open the Mississippi River, May 23-July 4, 1863. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A look at the decisive campaign of the Western Theater.

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Creation of the Soldiers’ Naitonal Cemetery and Lincoln’s Gettysburg. By Bradley M. Gottfried and Linda I. Gottfried. Savas Beatie, 2021. A look at the early attempts to honor the 8,000 dead after the largest battle in the nation’s history.

Passing through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War. By Brian F. Swartz. Savas Beatie 2021. A look at the mythical fiugre of Joshua Chamberlain. 

The Summer of ’63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. Edited by Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch. Emerging Civil War, 2021. A collection of essays examining two pivotal battles in the Western Theater.

Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II. By Jeff Danby. Casemante, 2021. A look at a unit’s service from inception to the occupation of Germany.

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