From the Desk of Lauren K. Thompson: Fraternization on the Rappahannock River

Lauren K. Thompson is an assistant professor of history at McKendree University. Her work has been published in Civil War History and in the edited volume A Forgotten Front: Florida during the Civil War Era. Thompson is the author of Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization … Continue reading From the Desk of Lauren K. Thompson: Fraternization on the Rappahannock River


Books Micah Goodman, Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism Praise from Publishers  Weekly: “suitable for both spiritual seekers and intellectually curious laypeople . . . Goodman’s explanation of Maimonides’s Guide concentrates on the most fundamental question of the Guide: what constitutes a life well-lived? Goodman considers the aim of the Guide in its original context and its impact on Judaism in previous ages, as well as its continued relevance, particularly its value to people living in a post-modernist, skeptical age.” Ross Coen, Fu-Go Recommendation from Military Review: “Coen, a historian of the American West, weaves thorough research into a well-written narrative. His description . … Continue reading NEWS AND REVIEWS

EXCERPT: Spring 1865

An excerpt from Spring 1865: The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War (April 2015) by Perry D. Jamieson. Excerpt is from Chapter Eight, Spring Morning. … Sunrise on Sunday, April 9, 1865, brought a foggy morning that became warm with a blue, cloudless sky.76 Before daybreak Fitz Lee and Gordon began preparing to carry out what would be the last offensive of the Army of Northern Virginia. They would attempt to move Sheridan’s cavalry out of the way and open the Stage Road west from Appomattox Court House.77 Gordon deployed his corps at the western edge of the Court House, … Continue reading EXCERPT: Spring 1865