Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan's Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam

The importance of Robert E Lee s first movement north of the Potomac River in September 1862 is difficult to overstate After his string of successes in Virginia, a decisive Confederate victory in Maryland or Pennsylvania may well have spun the war in an entirely different direction Why he and his

Mustard Seed

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home Oberlin, Ohio, 1868 Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth s beloved nurse

Varina

In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

The true story of Abraham Lincoln s last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement and which was played out in the nation s newspapers as he began his presidential campaign.At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty two year old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for m

Mercer Girls

It s 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts The Civil War has taken its toll on the town leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand he seeks high minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattl

Spying on the South: Travels with Frederick Law Olmsted in a Fractured Land

Beloved best selling author Tony Horwitz retraces Frederick Law Olmsted s epic journey across the American South in the 1850s, as he too searches for common ground in a dangerously riven nation On the eve of the Civil War, an up and coming newspaper, the New York Times, sent a young travel writer t