University of North Carolina Press
Joseph Beilein Jr. reviewed Lorien Foote’s Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War, and came away from reading it convinced it is a “well-executed contribution to Civil War history.” Foote shows that both U.S. and Confederate leaders tried to wage a war based on commonly held concepts of civilization and honor. Still, both sides often diverted from their civilized, honor-bound scheme, and behaved in decidedly uncivilized and dishonorable ways. Beilein writes that “This is a great book” that will appeal to a diverse audience.
Beilein, Joseph Jr.
"Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War.,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol24/iss2/13