"Civil War Humor offers a rich and diverse collection of primary materials, many previously unknown to scholars, even of the Civil War. An equal opportunity literary historian, Cameron Nickels presents not only a balanced treatment of the artifacts he features but also provides a reasoned analysis of these materials and always within apt historically contextual perspectives. Useful, entertaining, and reliably researched, Civil War Humor will remain not only the standard resource but also will stimulate further investigation on the subject."
--Ed Piacentino, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"The beauty of Civil War Humor is in Nickels's contextualization. By situating these songs and cartoons among the politics and customs of the time, Nickels ensures that readers 'get' the jokes both for their humor and their significant role as cultural artifacts. . . . Its readability, coupled with its depth of research and ample illustrations, makes Civil War Humor appealing for classroom use, academic audiences, and anyone interested in the armies and experience of the Civil War. Moreover, it is humorous itself, and serves as a timely reminder of the measures societies take to cope with the sobering aspects of warfare."
--Robert C. Poister, Civil War History
"The author provides thorough documentation, crowding his pages with potent graphics, plentiful anecdotes, and examples of doggerel verse--all uncovered in his research. Avoiding critical analysis and abstract theorizing, always a problem in discussions of humor, Nickels has amassed a trove of material focused on concrete objects. Readers who want to draw their own conclusions by immersion in primary materials will love this accessible presentation, which is valuable to audiences ranging from academic to casual (including Civil War buffs). Highly recommended."
--D. E. Sloane, CHOICE