This new collection of previously published material celebrates Alan T. Nolan's life-long research and study of the Civil War. Included are essays on the Iron Brigade, Gettysburg, and leaders such as Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, John Gibbon, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Central to all of the essays is Nolan's admiration for the valor of the common soldier and his conviction that the War was neither romantic r glorious, though its results-emancipation and the maintenance of the Union-were surely monumental.
Alan T. Nolan is a lawyer in Indianapolis, an Honorary Trustee of the Indiana Historical Society, a Fellow of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and member of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table. His Civil War books include The Iron Brigade and Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History. With Sharon Vipond, he edited Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade. Several years ago in honor of its fiftieth anniversary, the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table, the second oldest round table in the country, created a new award called the Alan T. Nolan Lifetime Achievement Award. The first recipient, obviously, was Alan T. Nolan.