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Confederate Generals in the Western Theater, vol. 3: Essays on America's Civil War. Edited by Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011. Pp. xxi, 314. $59.95 cloth)

This latest in this series which has illuminated the lives and military careers of major and minor figures in the command structure of the western Confederacy has a particularly Kentucky feel. An essay on Leonidas Polk and Kentucky neutrality leads off and is followed by four chapter-length studies of Kentuckians. Albert Sidney Johnston, Daniel Weisiger Adams, and William Preston are among the subjects, along with KHS staff member Stuart Sanders's chapter on Simon Bolivar Buckner in the Kentucky campaign of 1862. [End Page 278]

Deliver Us From Evil: A Southern Belle in Europe at the Outbreak of World War I. By Mary W. Schaller. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011. Pp. xvi, 170. $29.95 cloth)

Nancy Johnson, a Bardstown native and daughter of prominent Kentucky politician Ben Johnson, found her grand European tour cut unexpectedly short in 1914 as war engulfed the continent. Schaller has recounted not only Johnson's fascinating journey to escape the warring powers but also her own transformation from sheltered Kentucky belle to a determined and self-possessed person.

Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers. By Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011. Pp. xxi, 373. $35.00 cloth)

Peace Corps veterans themselves, the authors compile an enlightening archive of stories from Kentuckians who have been abroad with the organization. The entries are organized thematically, mixing in the experiences of persons stationed across the globe—a particularly fascinating editorial choice which emphasizes the many common experiences that Kentuckians have had while reaching out to the world.

The Dogs of War: 1861. By Emory M. Thomas. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. xi, 113. $14.95 cloth)

This short book from the legendary Civil War scholar was timed to coincide with the beginning of the Civil War sesquicentennial. While it may appear to be a short, witty account of the first year of the war, the text also has the quality of a historian's memoir and musings on the meaning of the past for the present. It may prove to be these latter purposes for which the book is most valuable. [End Page 279]

Brothers to the Buffalo Soldiers: Perspectives on the African American Militia and Volunteers, 1865-1917. Edited by Bruce A. Glasrud. (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Pp. viii, 246. $39.95 cloth)

In this collection, Glasrud collects eleven previously-published articles and knits them together with his own synthetic introduction. Though the topics vary in time and location, that diversity suggests the most important theme of the volume: even during what was considered the low-point in American race relations, black men eagerly served in military units to defend their nation and to advance their claims for equality within it.

Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. By Charles D. Thompson Jr. (Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Pp. xxxix, 269. $75.00 cloth; $23.95 paper)

Beginning with a family connection to the Franklin County, Virginia, moonshine economy of the early twentieth century, and leading to a sensational series of moonshining trials that garnered national attention, this volume seeks implicitly to join with recent decades of Appalachian scholarship to refute generations of stereotypes by showing how the local liquor economy was in fact inseparable from national and international economies and politics.

Unjustly Dishonored: An African American Division in World War I. By Robert H. Ferrell. (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Pp. xvii, 123. $29.95 cloth)

In this study, Ferrell reconsiders the poor reputation of the Ninety-second Division in World War I through new insights from the National Archives. Long criticized as a military failure, the unit, in fact, performed admirably in combat, meeting or exceeding the performance of white troops nearby. Unsurprisingly, Ferrell shows [End Page 280] that most of the criticism of the performance of the Ninety...