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Janet Elizabeth Croon
The War Outside My Window

The War Outside My Window

The War Outside My Window, edited by Janet Elizabeth Croon, is our next featured book on A House Divided. Bjorn Skaptason hosts.

Croon brings us the journal of LeRoy Wiley Gresham. His unique manuscript of the demise of the Old South—lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings—is published here for the first time.

The War Outside My Window

The War Outside My Window
Janet Elizabeth Croon, ed.
$34.95
Air Date/Time October 25, 3pm (Central)
1st ed., 480p., hardcover, Savas Beatie

LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. After a horrific leg injury left him an invalid, the educated, inquisitive, perceptive, and exceptionally witty 12-year-old began keeping a diary in 1860–just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country and his world apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended in 1865. His unique manuscript of the demise of the Old South—lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings—is published here for the first time in The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865.

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John William Huelskamp
Friends of the Wigwam

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author John William Huelskamp about his latest Civil War novel Friends of the Wigwam that introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

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Friends of the Wigwam
by John William Huelskamp
$16.95
Air Date/Time September 20, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 pages, paperback, Barrington Group

FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM is a historical novel and love story about six young friends whose innocence is stripped from them seemingly overnight in the brutal setting of the American Civil War.

Meticulously researched and based on real-life people and true events, FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM spans 1857-1865 and introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

From the true story of a young woman who successfully masqueraded as a man during the Civil War and was buried with full military honors to the...

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James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps…

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author James S. Pula about the second volume in his series about the XI Corps Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865 following the misunderstood unit through battle until the war’s end.

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Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865
by James S. Pula
$34.95
Air Date/Time August 16, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 432 pages, hardcover, Savas Beatie

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed tWith the publication of Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume. 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865, James S. Pula completes his magisterial work on this important Union command.

The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help...

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Paul Taylor
The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known

Daniel Weinberg  interviews author Paul Taylor about his new book, The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known . Across the North, ardent pro-Lincoln men realized their country needed a patriotic stimulus, as well as an organized means of countering what they viewed as their Copperhead adversaries treasonous pronouncements and subversion. These men formed what became known as Union Leagues.

The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known: The North’s Union Leagues in the American Civil War (Civil War in the North)
by Paul Taylor
$45.00
Air Date/Time August 2, 5:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 328 pages, hardcover, Kent State University Press

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed the North when the American Civil War commenced in April 1861 vanished by the following summer. Repeated military defeats, economic worries, and staggering casualties prompted many civilians to question the war s viability. Frustration exploded into anger when Republican president Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September.

The disgruntled voices grew louder. These anti-Lincoln Democrats, nicknamed Copperheads, viewed blacks with disdain and considered many of Lincoln s legal decisions to be unconstitutional. Civilian disenchantment led to significant Republican defeats in the November Congressional elections. As 1862 ended, Northern morale...

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Kristopher A. Teters
Practical Liberators

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Kristopher A. Teters about his new book, Practical Liberators, a look at the attitudes and convictions of Union Army officers about Emancipation as the Civil War progressed.

Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War
by Kristopher A. Teters
$32.95
Air Date/Time June 7, 5 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862, army policy became mostly consistent in its support of liberating the slaves in general, in spite of Union army officers’ differences of opinion. By 1863 and the final Emancipation Proclamation, the army had transformed into the key force for instituting emancipation in the West. However, Kristopher Teters argues that the guiding principles behind this development in attitudes and policy were a result of military necessity and...

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Richard E. Quest
I Held Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Richard E. Quest about his new book, I Held Lincoln, a true account of a Civil War Naval officer who survived and escaped Confederate prison – twice – and was on hand to carry a dying Abraham Lincoln from Ford’s Theater.

I Held Lincoln
by Richard E.Quest
$24.95
Air Date/Time May 17, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 224 pages, hardcover

Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824–1902) lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.

Covering almost a year of Loring’s service, I Held Lincoln describes the lieutenant’s command of the gunboat USS Wave, the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, the surrender of his ship, and his capture by the Confederates. He was incarcerated in Camp Groce, a deadly Confederate prison where he endured horrific conditions and abuse. Loring attempted to escape, evading capture for ten days behind enemy lines, only to be recaptured just a few miles from freedom. After an...

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Jan Jacobi
Young Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author and educator Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln.
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Young Lincoln
by Jan Jacobi
$16.95
Air Date/Time March 10, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 208p., paperback

Abe Lincoln is growing up on the American frontier in Indiana. It s cold, there isn t usually enough to eat, there s nothing at all to read, and the one job that awaits him is farmer, like his overbearing father.

But a chance to travel down the Mississippi river offers Abe the opportunity to see and meet people he has never dreamed of. Abe s eyes are opened and he can t go back to being the boy he was before. With the help of his friends, Abe will strike out to find his own path. Obstacles wait around every river bend, and the shadow of death is never far, but nothing will stop him from becoming the...

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Timothy Mason Roberts
This Infernal War

Bjorn Skaptason interviews editor Timothy Mason Roberts  about his new book, This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard.
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This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard
edited by Timothy Mason Roberts
$38.95
Air Date/Time February 2, 3 PM (Central)
1st ed., 376., hardcover

The anti-war love letters of a Copperhead soldier and his wife…

Among collections of letters written between American soldiers and their spouses, the Civil War correspondence of William and Jane Standard stands out for conveying the complexity of the motives and experiences of Union soldiers and their families. The Standards – of Lewiston in Fulton County, Illinois – were antiwar Copperheads. Their attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln, “Black Republicans,” and especially African Americans are, frankly, troubling to modern readers. Scholars who argue that the bulk of Union soldiers left their families and went to war to champion republican government or to wipe out slavery will have to account for...

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James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps

Bjorn Skaptason spoke with James S. Pula about Under the Crescent Moon with the Xi Corps in the Civil War Vol 1: From the Defense of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-63.

Re-examining the legendarily unlucky XIth, who marched under the badge of a crescent moon, to separate fact from myth.

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Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Col 1: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-63
by James S. Pula
$34.95
Air Date/Time December 1, noon CST
1st ed., 312, hardcover

The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help rescue a second Northern army under siege in Knoxville, Tennessee. Despite its sacrifices in the Eastern campaigns and successes in Tennessee, the reputation of the XI Corps is one of cowardice and failure. James S. Pula sets the record straight in his two-volume...

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Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.

Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.

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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
$32.95
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320  pages, hardcover

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia,...

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Louis Contey & Lawrence Grimm
The Heavens Are Hung in Black

The Heavens Are Hung in Black

Daniel Weinberg spoke with actor Lawrence Grimm (Abraham Lincoln) and director Louis Contey about The Heavens Are Hung in Black, staged by Shattered Globe Theatre.  They discuss their research; and the play’s relevance to today.

The Heavens Are Jung in BlackThe play explores the months between Willie Lincoln’s death and when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders
$165.00 Signed First Edition
Air Date/Time March 2, 3:00pm (Central)
Re-air date: September 19th, 1 pm (Central)
cloth, 368p, cloth, dj.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December, this moving and original father-son story features none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. 

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in...

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Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation
Proclamation and the Law of War
By Burrus M. Carnahan
$50
Air Date/Time September 19, 2016 1pm (Central)
216  pages, hardcover

In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln declared that as president he would “have no lawful right” to interfere with the institution of slavery. Yet less than two years later, he issued a proclamation intended to free all slaves throughout the Confederate states.
When critics challenged the constitutional soundness of the act, Lincoln pointed to the international laws and usages of war as the legal basis for his Proclamation, asserting that the Constitution invested the president “with the law of war in time of war.” As the Civil War intensified, the Lincoln administration slowly and reluctantly accorded full belligerent rights to the Confederacy under the law of war. This...

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Walter Stahr
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary

Daniel Weinberg speaks with Walter Stahr about Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary. 

Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

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Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
By Walter Stahr
$35.00
Air Date/Time August 23, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 768, hardcover

A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government.

Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton.

Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come” (Kirkus, starred review).

 

About the Author
Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times...

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George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo

Bjorn Skaptason talked with George Saunders about Lincoln in the Bardo. This interview aired 7 months before Saunders, and Bardo, won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
Congratulations to George Saunders! – who spoke with us for over an hour and accepted questions from the audience and was incomparably generous throughout his visit. A lovely man and a beautiful story – check it out below.

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Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders
$165.00 Signed First Edition
Air Date/Time March 2, 3:00pm (Central)
Re-air date: September 19th, 1 pm (Central)
cloth, 368p, cloth, dj.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December, this moving and original father-son story features none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. 

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in...

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Noah Andre Trudeau

Noah Andre Trudeau talks about Lincoln’s Greatest Journey, an examination of Lincoln’s trip to City Point, VA in the spring of 1865.

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Lincoln’s Greatest Journey:
Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency
March 24-April 8, 1865
By Noah Andre Trudeau
$32.95
Air Date/Time December 3 12 noon (Central)
1st edition, With Signed Bookplate

Lincoln’s Greatest Journey represents an important addition to the Lincoln saga. The conventional wisdom that there’s nothing new to be learned about Lincoln is due for a major reset.

A vast and terrible civil war was winding down, leaving momentous questions for a war-weary president to address. A timely invitation from General U. S. Grant provided the impetus for an escape to City Point, Virginia, a journey from which Abraham Lincoln drew much more than he ever expected. Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865, offers the first comprehensive account of a momentous time.

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David Powell

Chickamauga Campaign

Dave Powell talks about his latest book, The Chickamauga Campaign: A Barren Victory.

Barren Victory is the third and concluding volume of Powell’s Chickamauga Campaign Trilogy.

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Chickamauga Campaign

The Chickamauga Campaign: A Barren Victory The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of the Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863
By Dave Powell
$34.95
Air Date/Time: November 12 @ 12:00 pm CST
1st edition, Signed

Barren Victory is the third and concluding volume of the magisterial Chickamauga Campaign Trilogy, a comprehensive examination more than a decade in the making of one of the most important and complex military operations of the Civil War.

Barren Victory, David Powell’s final installment, examines the immediate aftermath of this great battle with unprecedented clarity and detail. The narrative opens at dawn on Monday, September 21, 1863, with Union commander William S. Rosecrans in Chattanooga and most of the rest of his Federal army in Rossville, Georgia. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg has...

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Thomas Army, Jr.

Engineering Victory Tom Army, Jr.

Thomas  Army, Jr. talks about his latest book,  Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War.

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Engineering Victory Tom Army, Jr.

Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War
By Thomas Army, Jr.
$49.95
Air Date/Time October 29 12 noon (Central)
1st edition, Signed

Engineering Victory brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War. Historian Thomas F. Army, Jr., identifies strength in engineering—not superior military strategy or industrial advantage—as the critical determining factor in the war’s outcome.

Army finds that Union soldiers were able to apply scientific ingenuity and innovation to complex problems in a way that Confederate soldiers simply could not match. Skilled Free State engineers who were trained during the antebellum period benefited from basic educational reforms, the spread of informal educational practices, and a culture that encouraged learning and innovation. During the war, their rapid construction and repair of roads, railways, and bridges allowed Northern troops...

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Ronald C. White

Ronald White talks about his latest book, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. Order Your Signed on Bookplate Copy at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. 

American Ulysses
A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
By Ronald C. White
$35.00
Air Date/Time October 15 12 noon (Central)
Later edition,  Signed on Bookplate

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents.

In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.

Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally...

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James Lee McDonough

William Tecumseh Sherman

James Lee McDonough talks about his latest book, William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service of My Country: A Life. This is major new biography of one of America’s most storied military figures. Order Your Signed, 1st ed Copy at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. 

 

William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman In the Service of My Country: A Life
By James Lee McDonough
$39.95
Air Date/Time October 1 12 noon (Central)
1st edition, Signed

A major new biography of one of America’s most storied military figures.

General Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal.

James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War’s most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail.

Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war’s swift end by...

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