Louisiana State University Press
The tumultuous years of the 1860s continues to fascinate Americans long after the truce between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Historians and scholars have not slowed in their production of works about the apocalyptic event. Alabamians in Blue by Christopher M. Rein is a recent offering that enriches the literature on the Civil War. It should be noted that this volume is endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. This beautifully crafted book is a detailed analysis of the anti-Confederate movement in Alabama during the war. By the time the conflict was over, nearly 8,000 black and white men had joined the Union army in order to help liberate their state from Confederate domination. Masculinity is on full display in this military study. In a real sense, this work is about the men who were officers, soldiers, politicians, and planters. The occasional appearance of women does not fully illuminate their contributions to the war effort.
Hudson, Leonne M.
"Alabamians in Blue: Freedmen, Unionists, and the Civil War in the Cotton State,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 22
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol22/iss1/14