University Press of Kentucky
Elizabeth Leonard’s latest work in a long line of impressive scholarship is a love letter of sorts. In 2012, she won the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). In that book, Leonard offered a compelling portrayal and analysis of the life of Joseph Holt, who was initially a Kentucky Democrat and slaveowner until he became Lincoln’s trusted advisor and supporter of abolition. In this new work, Leonard returns to the Holt’s story, this time to enlarge our understanding of Kentucky, enlistment for black men, and the arduous process of emancipation itself. Along the way, Leonard deftly handles the economy, military strategy, interpersonal relationships, enslaved people as commodities, Presidential, state, and federal power, soldier’s wives and families, abolitionism, and the Pension and Freedman’s Bureau, among many other crucial wartime topics.
"Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss4/9