UnCivil Wars

UnCivil Wars is a series dedicated to new ways of seeing and telling the American Civil War. Building on the Press’s strengths in the fields of gender, environment, and culture, authors in the series are encouraged to focus on unconventional social types and to think deeply about narrative strategy, telling their stories through memory, reverse chronology, snapshots and glimpses, multiple perspectives, or microhistory. The series editors, Stephen Berry and Amy Murrell Taylor, will work closely with authors to produce a select number of shorter books whose big hooks, high concepts, strong narrative, and lively prose make them assignable in upper division undergraduate courses on the war. The series takes its spirit from Walt Whitman’s insistence that the war was not singular but plural—a “many-threaded drama”—and from Thomas Mann’s conclusion that “out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.”

Stephen Berry is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War and All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South and the editor of Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848–1860 (Georgia).

Amy Murrell Taylor is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. She is coeditor of Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction and author of The Divided Family in Civil War America.

Books in this series

America’s Corporal
James Tanner in War and Peace
James Marten

The Blue, the Gray, and the Green
Toward an Environmental History of the Civil War
Edited by Brian Allen Drake

Ruin Nation
Destruction and the American Civil War
Megan Kate Nelson

Weirding the War
Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges
Edited by Stephen Berry






Series editors

Stephen Berry
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Amy Murrell Taylor
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Series Advisory Board

Edward L. Ayers
University of Richmond

Catherine Clinton
Queen’s University Belfast

J. Matthew Gallman
University of Florida

Elizabeth Leonard
Colby College

James Marten
Marquette University

Scott Nelson
College of William & Mary

Dan Sutherland
University of Arkansas

Elizabeth Varon
University of Virginia