Category Archives: Book Reviews

Mike’s book reviews on biographies, battles and other historical events.

Review: The Confederate Heartland, by Bradley R. Clampitt

I recently received a review copy of the new book, “The Confederate Heartland: Military and Civilian Morale in the Western Confederacy.” The author, Bradley R. Clampitt, is an assistant professor of history at East Central University in Oklahoma. Based on … Continue reading

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Touring Guides by Clint Johnson -book reviews

A few weeks ago I received a package from John F. Blair Publisher -a publishing house for a wide range of subjects based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In this package were two recently released second edition tour guides: Touring Virginia’s … Continue reading

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My Top 12 Civil War Books and Five Biographies

Yesterday, Eric Wittenberg published his top 12 Civil War books on his wonderful blog, Rantings of a Civil War Historian. His post was triggered by a similar article by historian and Professor Glenn LaFantasie. I thought this would be interesting … Continue reading

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Everyday in the Civil War, by: Bud Hannings

McFarland & Company, Inc. was kind enough to send me a review copy of Bud Hannings’ new book, “Every Day of the Civil War: A Chronological Encyclopedia.”  This book is wonderfully made, with a rugged cover, and over 600 pages … Continue reading

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A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

Book reviews and author interviews are a regular feature of This Mighty Scourge.  I approach reviews differently than most reviewers – I read books in their entirety before I review them.  Additionally, I take notes throughout the entire read so … Continue reading

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Video Trailer on Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market

Savas Beatie, LLC has released a new video trailer on Charlie Knight’s recently released book, “Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market and the Opening of the Shenandoah Campaign, May 1864.”  To watch the video click on the following link. … Continue reading

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Interview with Ronald C. White, Jr., Author of A. Lincoln: A Biography

In conjunction with Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday many books were published on our sixteenth United States President.  In January 2009, Random House released one of the best books of the busy year, “A. Lincoln: A Biography.”  Written by renowned Lincoln … Continue reading

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Interview With Tom Clemens, Editor of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vol. 1: South Mountain

I recently finished reading “The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vol. 1: South Mountain.”  This is the first of a two part series edited by Tom Clemens.  Clemens is a professor of history at Hagerstown Community College and received a … Continue reading

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Interview with Darrell Collins, author “Major General Robert E. Rodes”

I read a lot of battle narratives –  they are the fuel that drives this blog.  With that said, I am also very fond of biographies.  Every now and then an exceptional biography comes along – one which combines the … Continue reading

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Interview With Kenneth Noe, author of “Reluctant Rebels”

As a student of the American Civil War I am always interested in learning about the private and non-commissioned soldiers and their motivation to enlist in the armies which fought that fratricidal war.  When I recently learned that UNC Press was … Continue reading

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