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  • Extra Dossier: Robert E. LeeRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 1/18/2017 Author: The Civil War Monitor | 

    For the Dossier section of the Summer 2015 issue of The Civil War Monitor, we asked a panel of Civil War historians a series of questions about Confederate general Robert E. Lee, from what they considered to be his best and least impressive battlefield performances to their favorite book about him. Due to space constraints, we weren't able to publish all of our

  • Extra Voices: CursesRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 12/1/2016 Author: The Civil War Monitor | 

    In the Voices section of the Winter 2016 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes about some of the colorful oaths uttered by soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

  • How 'bout them applesRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 9/15/2016 Author:  | 

    Autumn is almost here and so are apples. Below is an apple pie recipe from the Civil War era to help you enjoy the season.

  • Extra Dossier: Stonewall JacksonRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 9/15/2016 Author:  | 

    For the Dossier section of the fall 2016 issue of The Civil War Monitor, we asked a panel of 20 Civil War historians a series of questions about Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, from what they most admired about the famed commander to their favorite book about him. Due to space constraints, we weren't able to include any of the answers to our final question for the panel, "If ...

  • Extra Voices: SouvenirsRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 6/9/2016 Author:  | 

    In the Voices section of our spring 2016 issue, we highlighted first-person quotes about the quest for battlefield souvenirs. Here are some that didn't make the cut.

  • Embattled Banner: A Conversation with Tony HorwitzRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 10/8/2015 Author: The Civil War Monitor | 

    To help make sense of the recent developments regarding the Confederate battle flag, we sat down with Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic. His insightful 1998 book details his yearlong travels through...

  • Trial of a Confederate TerroristRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/1/2015 Author: John Grady | 

    The trial of John Yates Beall, accused of attempting to derail a passenger train in Buffalo, NY, stands in a class alongside the trials of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, with ramifications that echo today in the cases of those men held at Guantanamo.

  • Yankee RunawaysRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 11/3/2014 Author: Dan Crofts | 

    On November 3, 1864 Major Charles P. Mattocks and two comrades slipped away from a Confederate prison camp outside Columbia, South Carolina, hoping to cross three hundred miles of mountains and hostile terrain to reach Union lines in East Tennessee.

  • The Death of Roger B. TaneyRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 10/13/2014 Author: Jonathan W. White | 

    The death of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a name almost as indelibly tied to the Dred Scott decision as Scott's own, was met with various reactions both North and South when it happened 150 years ago on October 12, 1864.

  • Terry's Texas RangersRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/21/2014 Author: Kate Dawson | 

    Terry's Texas Rangers went into the Civil War with a reputation they had not earned, but left it with one that lingers to this day.

The Bookshelf

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

Author: Stephen Davis

Reviewed by: Nick Sacco

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The Bookshelf

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

Author: Stephen Davis

Reviewed by: Nick Sacco

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