Monday, December 17, 2012

"Civil War Memory" Picks "The Best of 2012"

Kevin Levin on the best Civil War writing of 2012:

Best Civil War Blog: Brooks Simpson’s Crossroads came swinging right out of the gate when if first appeared in December 2010.  It quickly established itself as one of the leaders in the Civil War blogosphere.  Brooks holds nothing back and does not suffer fools lightly.  Crossroads is incredibly entertaining, but that would mean little if it didn’t deliver solid content.  And that it does.  Brooks’s sharp wit and thoughtfulness is a lethal combination that has entangled a host of characters over the past two years.  What keeps me coming back, however, is the chance to read and interact with one of the brightest historians currently working in the field of Civil War history.

Best General History: Stephen Kantrowitz, More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889, (The Penguin Press).

Best Overall Civil War History: Allen Guelzo, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction,(Oxford University Press).

Best Campaign/Battle Study: Mark K. Dunkelman, Marching With Sherman: Through Georgia and the Carolinas With the 154th New York, (Louisiana State University Press).

Read the rest here.