1. General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind "Juneteenth" by Robert C. Connor (Casemate, 2013).
Connor, a recent site interpreter at Grant Cottage, pens the first military biography of a man who was definitely not a Grant favorite. A glance through the introduction raises hope for a judicious assessment of the general's career.
2. Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon (Oxford UP, 2013).
3. The Vicksburg Campaign, March 29-May 18, 1863 edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear (SIUP, 2013).
With so many books, essays, and articles covering this phase of the Vicksburg Campaign, it will be interesting to see if any fresh ideas emerge in this volume. Follow the link for the table of contents. I like the series so far, though the presentation was a bit spare in the early entries.
4. The Little Rock Arsenal Crisis: On the Precipice of the American Civil War by David Sesser (The Hist Pr, 2013).
This is the first book length history of the Little Rock Arsenal stand off, a volatile situation that could have sparked bloodshed between secessionist militia and the U.S. army weeks before the firing on Fort Sumter.