"Several writers whose works are reviewed" herein "tell previously untold stories, while others provide new analyses and narratives about widely studied people in the Civil War Era . . . The reviews, by junior and established scholars alike, note these enlightening works’ revelations about the dynamism and diversity of well-studied populations: Antebellum white northerners, 'politicized' white Confederate women, Freedpeople, and Confederate leaders and generals. Other reviewed books introduce previously undervalued and understudied characters from the Civil War Era: A John Brown co-conspirator, a pro-Confederate British politician, Lincoln’s foot-doctor cum spy, and the very environment in and around which the Civil War was fought."