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    As common as Civil War photographs are today, the stories behind them are too often lost to history.

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Latest Posts

  • An Interview with Stephen Cushman

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/21/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Stephen Cushman, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia and recent author of "Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War," published by UNC Press. In this interview Dr. Cushman discusses the five writers (Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William T. Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua ...

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  • SCAFIDI: To the Bramble and the Briar (2014)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/19/2014 Author: Jean Huets | 

    Scafidi's poetry voices those elusive truths that we reach for when standing alone on a monument-strewn battlefield, wandering a sleepy National Cemetery, coming face to face with the photograph of an unnamed soldier...

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  • KREISER & ALLRED (eds.): The Civil War in Popular Culture (2013)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/19/2014 Author: Caroline E. Janney  | 

    This incredibly diverse volume is composed of essays from academic historians, literary scholars, and public offers an array of insights into how the war continues to pervade modern American culture, both shaping our understanding of this pivotal moment in history and informing how we perceive ourselves in relation to the past.

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  • An Interview with Glenn LaFantasie

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/14/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Glenn LaFantasie, the Robert Frockt Family Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. In this interview, we discuss Dr. LaFantasie's most recent article entitled "Broken Promise" that appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Dr. LaFantasie discusses the comparisons that were frequently drawn between Robert E. Lee and George Washington and how Lee...

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The Bookshelf

Check out The Bookshelf for in-depth reviews of the latest Civil War books. Our most recently reviewed titles include:

To the Bramble and the Briar (2014)

Author: Steve Scafidi

Reviewed by: Jean Huets

The Civil War in Popular Culture (2013)

Author: Lawrence A. Kreiser Jr. & Randal Allred

Reviewed by: Caroline E. Janney

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham (2014)

Author: Gary Zola

Reviewed by: Howard B. Rock


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