Author Meg Groeling “takes a minor but well-known story, amplifies it with new evidence, and enhances its meaning by connecting it to larger social and political trends”—history done right. In the end, reviewer Gerald Prokopowicz praises the book as an example of historical scholarship written from outside the ivory tower that both educates and entertains.
Prokopowicz, Gerald J.
"First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
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