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Civil War History: Archive

September 2023, Volume 69, No. 3

Jul 7th, 2023

Civil War History Vol. 69, No. 1


Fighting for State Citizenship in the US Colored Troops
By Cooper Wingert

The Right to Childhood and the Process of Emancipation in the American Civil War
By Ben Davidson


CATHERINE V. BATESON is associate lecturer of American History at the University of Kent, where she researches and teaches the American Civil War, 1700s to early 1900s US social and cultural topics, slavery, civil rights and indigenous history, and American studies. She published Irish-Americans Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood (2022). She is associate editor of the Irish in the American Civil War project and cofounder of the Stuff of War Society.

NOAH F. CRAWFORD is a PhD student at Texas A&M. His research interests include US military and social history through 1900, with an emphasis on Civil War–era refugees.

BEN DAVIDSON is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and is also the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to teach at the University of Salzburg in Spring 2024. Davidson previously served as the Henry Fairbanks Visiting Scholar at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. His current book manuscript, “Freedom’s Generation: Coming of Age in the Era of Emancipation,” traces the lives of Black and white children from across the nation who grew up during the Civil War era.

LISA TENDRICH FRANK is the author of The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman’s March (2015) and the coeditor with LeeAnn Whites of Household War: How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War (2020).

CAROLINE GREGO is assistant professor of history at Queens University, Charlotte. Her article, “Black Autonomy, Red Cross Recovery, and White Backlash after the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893,” appeared in the Journal of Southern History in 2019. Her book Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 was published in 2022. She is coeditor of the forthcoming multivolume series Black Americans in the Age of Emancipation.

GIULIANA PERRONE is assistant professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of “What to the Law Is the Former Slave?” which appeared in Slavery and Abolition (2019) and of “‘Back into the Days of Slavery’: Slavery, Citizenship, and the Black Family in the Reconstruction Era Courtroom,” Law and History Review (2019). Most recently, she published Nothing More Than Freedom: The Failure of Abolition in American Law (2023).

EVAN C. ROTHERA is assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith. With Brian Matthew Jordan, he is coeditor of The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans (2020). He is the author of Civil Wars and Reconstructions in the Americas: The United States, Mexico, and Argentina, 1860–1880 (2022).

SILVANA R. SIDDALI teaches courses in nineteenth-century American history at Saint Louis University. Her published works include From Property to Person: Slavery and the Confiscation Acts, 1861–1862 (2005), Missouri’s War: The Civil War in Documents (2009), and Frontier Democracy: Constitutional Conventions in the Old Northwest (2016).

COOPER WINGERT is a PhD candidate in history at Georgetown University. His work centers on federalism, governance, and slavery in the Civil War era and across the nineteenth-century United States. Wingert is the author of several books, including Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania (2016). He also serves as assistant director of the National Park Service project Slave Stampedes on the Southern Borderlands.


Book Reviews

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction,by Kate Masur
Reviewed by Silvana R. Siddali

Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South, by David Silkenat
Reviewed by Caroline Grego

A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era, by Andrew F. Lang
Reviewed by Catherine V. Bateson

William Gregg’s Civil War: The Battle to Shape the History of Guerilla Warfare, by Joseph M. Beilein Jr.
Reviewed by Noah F. Crawford

Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life, by Elizabeth D. Leonard
Reviewed by Lisa Tendrich Frank

The Union League and Biracial Politics in Reconstruction Texas, by Carl H. Moneyhon
Reviewed by Evan C. Rothera

The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White, by Brook Thomas
Reviewed by Giuliana Perrone