Christian G. Samito earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his doctorate in American history from Boston College. He teaches legal history at Boston University School of Law and practices law in Boston. His most recent books are Becoming American under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era (Cornell University Press, 2009) and Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009). His forthcoming book concerns Lincoln and constitutional amendment, and he is also editing a collection of essays about the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
"Editor's work makes book of Barlow's letters worth reading." -Civil War Interactive "A significant contribution to the collection of correspondence attributed to officers in the Army of the Potomac." -Blue & Gray Magazine "...Informative and make[s] for interesting reading ..." -Army History