New Perspectives on the Union War

I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new edited volume of essays on the North’s war effort titled, New Perspectives on the Union War. The book will be released in June 2019 as part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” Series.

From the publisher:

“Edited by Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon, two of the most prominent nineteenth-century American historians in the nation, New Perspectives on the Union War provides a more nuanced understanding of what Union meant in the Civil War North by exploring how various groups of northerners conceived of the term. The essays in this volume demonstrate that while there was a broad consensus that the war was fought, or should be fought, for the cause of Union, there was bitter disagreement over how to define that cause―debate not only between political camps but also within them. The chapters touch on economics, politics, culture, military affairs, ethnicity, and questions relating to just war.”

Contributors to the volume, UVA History doctoral students both past and present, include myself, Michael T. Caires, Frank Cirillo, D. H. Dilbeck, Jack Furniss, Jesse George-Nichol, Peter C. Luebke, and Tamika Nunley.

My own contribution is about how Archbishop John Hughes of New York and Boston Pilot editor Patrick Donahoe together helped shape how most northern Catholics viewed the conflict.

The book will be debut on June 4, 2019, and you can pre-order it now on