New Review: The Journal of Southern History reviews PURE HEART

"Above all, Pure Heart is a story rightfully restored to history about character, integrity, faith, forgiveness, atonement, and the passions of the human heart in a world turned upside down."

Read the full review here.


Upcoming Events

Nov. 14, 2018 - Speaking & Signing, Civil War Round Table of the Merrimack in Salisbury, MA

May 9, 2019 - Speaking & Signing, Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table in Brunswick, Me

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PURE HEART is the true story of a father and son overlooked in history but lauded in their day as heroes of America's Civil War. Their patriotism and principled civility amid zealous partisanship, racial bigotry, and fiery crusading are lessons for our own time. In the faithful hearts of that father and his soldier son, we too—like Philadelphians scourged by civil war—might rediscover the "better angels of our nature" that Lincoln sought to summon in the mid-19th-century crisis of American democracy.   


Recent Press Coverage

   Click here   to read Bill's op-ed in the  Philadelphia Inquirer  (Sept. 8, 2017) on our national debate about Civil War memorials.

Click here to read Bill's op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Sept. 8, 2017) on our national debate about Civil War memorials.

  Read:   PURE HEART  featured on the cover of the Saturday, November 12, 2016 edition of the  Philadelphia Inquirer . Read the full story   online  .

Read: PURE HEART featured on the cover of the Saturday, November 12, 2016 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read the full story online.

 Listen: Broadcast on Friday, November 11, 2016, William F. Quigley, Jr. discusses  PURE HEART  on Philadelphia's   WHYY-FM  NewsWorks Tonight with Host David Heller  .

Listen: Broadcast on Friday, November 11, 2016, William F. Quigley, Jr. discusses PURE HEART on Philadelphia's WHYY-FM  NewsWorks Tonight with Host David Heller.

 Read:  PURE HEART  reviewed in the March 2017 edition of the  Civil War News .   Click   to read the full review.

Read: PURE HEART reviewed in the March 2017 edition of the Civil War News. Click to read the full review.


Praise for PURE HEART

 “an unknown and riveting story of the Civil War” 

- John Stauffer, author of The Black Hearts of MenGIANTS, and Picturing Frederick Douglass

“a ground-level history told by a master biographer” 

- Ronald C. White Jr., author of AMERICAN ULYSSES: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography

“The book is a treasure.”

- Mark A. Noll, author of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

Read full reviews here.