February Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

What an incredible month we have had at LSU Press! The Cemeteries of New Orleans by Peter B. Dedek was given an honorable mention in the Louisiana Literary Awards. Hood’s Texas Brigade by Susannah Ural, Civil War Logistics by Earl Hess, In the Wake of War by Andrew Lang, and The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns by Steven Sodergren were all selected as finalists for the 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards. Karen Celestan and Cindy Ermus wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. And we published new books by Leonard M. Moore, Eric Waters and Karen Celestan, Matthew Baker, Katy Simpson Smith, Claudia Emerson, Chanda Feldman, Joelle Biele, Gary Fincke, and Amy Meng.

Below you’ll find a list of our March titles, upcoming events with our authors, and some recent publicity and reviews of our books. If you want to keep up with the press in real time, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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Selected Publicity and Praise

The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts During the Civil War edited by Brian D. McKnight and Barton A. Meyers:

“Brian D. McKnight and Barton A. Myers, in partnership with the Louisiana State University Press, have assembled a valuable set of essays on irregular warfare during the Civil War.” —John H. Matsui, The Civil War Monitor

A Horse With Holes In It by Greg A. Brownderville:

“The tone is conversational, the craft meticulous, and the subject matter eclectic, touching on everything from the Parthenon frieze to the Beebe blackbird deaths, Sweet Willie Wine to Walter Pater.” —Hope Coulter, The Arkansas Review

Maintaining Segregation: Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955 by LeeAnn G. Reynolds:

“LeeAnn Reynolds expands our understanding of the complexity and insidious nature of segregation and, moreover, adds nuance and historiographical insight to the growing body of scholarship on children and youth during segregation through this comprehensive analysis.” —Jon N. Hale, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth


The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns is a comprehensively researched, persuasively argued, and engagingly written study that advances significantly our understanding of this pivotal period in the Civil War.”  —The Civil War Book Review

New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison edited by Jeff Forret and Christine E. Sears:

“Taken together, the pieces in New Directions in Slavery Studies. . . enrich the scholarship on American slavery by using case studies not only to provide links between various times and places but also to draw connections among themes that inform slavery studies. The threads weave together to reveal a pulsing, dynamic history of slaveries that will benefit educators, challenge scholars, and force all of us to question the present.”—Kelly Houston Jones, Journal of Southern History

Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama by Sarah L. Hyde:

“Hyde has written a book that is sure to challenge conventional thinking about public schools in the South.” —Allison Fredette, Journal of Southern History

Confederate Political Economy: Creating and Managing a Southern Corporatist Nation by Michael Bonner:

Confederate Political Economy is a well-researched and cogently argued book. . . .[it] has much to teach students of the Civil War era about the political culture and economic policies of a proslavery republic.” —Max Mishler, Journal of Southern History

Lt. Spalding in Civil War Louisiana: A Union Officer’s Humor, Privilege, and Ambition by Michael D. Pierson:

“Pierson’s discussion based on a relatively unknown soldier’s candid letter certainly broadens our understand of Civil War soldiers’ lives.” —Curtis D. Johnson,Journal of Southern History

In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America by Andrew Lang:

“In its examination of military occupation during the Civil War and Reconstruction, In the Wake of War powerfully underscores differences in contemporary white and black attitudes toward what the army’s role should be (and could be) in changing society.” —Civil War Books and Authors


“Carl Paulus’ richly rewarding book reminds that warfare, and those who engage in it, have always been in the eyes of beholders.” —The Civil War Book Review