Up Next, May 2, 2022: Book Review Panel


Several members of the Steering Committee will review Civil War Era books.  This promises to be a lively discussion about four men who played important roles in the late rebellion on the Union side.  The members on the panel are Brian Schoen, Carl J. Denbow, John Murray, and Scott Moody. The books that they will be reviewing are: Brian Schoen, Embattled Freedom, by Amy Murrell Taylor, which details the little-known story of African Americans who lived in slave refuge camps setup by the Army during the war; Carl Denbow, Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival, by Walter Stahr, which provides new insights into the life of an Ohioan who was crucial to the success of the Union cause; John Murray, Meagher of the Sword: A dramatization of the life of Thomas Francis Meagher, by Christian D Stevens, a biography of the flamboyant Irish immigrant who led the 69th New York Infantry; and Scott Moody, To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876, by Bret Baier, a biography that chronicles Grant’s role in preserving the Union both during the war and afterwards, as well as demolishing the erroneous rumors of his alcoholism.