Blogs

Published 10/19/2018

Currier and Ives on Lincoln

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

During the Civil War, the prominent lithography firm Currier and Ives produced inexpensive prints of the conflict and its participants based on original drawings by some of the country’s leading artists.

Published 10/17/2018

BLIGHT: Frederick Douglass (2018)

By: Hilary Green Category: Book Reviews

This biography is an essential text that will shape academic scholarship...and perhaps even inspire a Broadway musical.

Published 10/12/2018

Jackson the Magician

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Understanding the myth surrounding the man known as "Stonewall" ...

Published 10/10/2018

CROON (ed.): The War Outside My Window (2018)

By: Anya Jabour Category: Book Reviews

LeRoy's diary charts both his own painful physical disintegration and death and the Confederacy's equally tortuous path to destruction and defeat.

Published 10/8/2018

Interview: Animatronic Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial Shrine

By: Zethyn McKinley Category: Interviews

“Reflections of the Face of Lincoln,” a new exhibit that features an impressive animatronic bust of the 16th president, recently opened at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands, California.

Published 10/3/2018

EMERSON (ed.): "Don't tell father I have been shot at" (2018)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

The publication of the letters and diaries of Civil War officers and men appears to continue unabated.

Published 9/26/2018

THOMAS: Wade Hampton's Iron Scouts (2018)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

...a look at Confederate unit that has commanded precious little attention from historians and scholars.

Published 9/24/2018

Varina

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Stereoscope

A young woman in an unhappy marriage whose rise to first lady makes her both exhilarated and uncomfortable. Her much older husband, loyal only to himself and the power that the presidency will bring him. A past so riddled with lies they tell themselves that nothing is certain.           Charles Frazier’s new Civil War novel, Varina, feels strangely relevant in 2018.           The novel...

Published 9/19/2018

GURA: Man's Better Angels (2017)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Americans could be convinced to address their national sin through systematic action: the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens on the battlefield.

Published 9/12/2018

HARDY: Kirk's Civil War Raids Along the Blue Ridge (2018)

By: Aaron Astor Category: Book Reviews

Hardy lays out the complex politics of loyalty along the East Tennessee-Western North Carolina state line...

Published 9/5/2018

NASH: Reconstruction's Ragged Edge (2016)

By: Adam H. Domby Category: Book Reviews

Appalachia...is central to understanding North Carolina's Reconstruction.

Published 8/29/2018

HARDY: General Lee's Immortals (2018)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Combining rigorous research an an innovative organization...demonstrates what an exceptional unit history can teach us about the Civil War.

Published 8/22/2018

PFANZ: Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (2018)

By: Rebecca Capobianco Category: Book Reviews

Graves crest Marye's Heights, and Union soldiers now occupy the land they could not reach in December 1862.

Published 8/15/2018

LLOYD: Harbor of Spies (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Lloyd weaves a story of the political intricacies of Spanish Cuba, which served as a base for shipping munitions...through the federal blockade of southern ports during the Civil War.

Published 8/8/2018

LOPERFIDO (ed.): Death, Disease, and Life at War (2018)

By: Kevin R. Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

Loperfido has done the study of Civil War medicine a valuable service....

Published 8/1/2018

COLLINS: A Crooked River (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Collins pays particular attention to the U.S. Civil War, the French Intervention in Mexico, Reconstruction, and cattle rustling.

Published 7/30/2018

“Martyrs” to Their Cause: John Brown, Edmund Ruffin, and Harpers Ferry

By: John Grady Category: Articles

Long before the tumult and rage in Charlottesville last year over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park, and a fear that white supremacists and antifa militants would turn any future confrontation into a bloodier event there, Virginia was braced for an even deadlier showdown in the fall of 1859. Thousands of troops had poured into Jefferson County, on orders to repel with force...

Published 7/25/2018

TAGG: The Generals of Shiloh (2017)

By: Gregory A. Mertz Category: Book Reviews

Tagg has not written a stand-alone book on the Battle of Shiloh, but rather a superb supplement that also reads well from cover to cover.

Published 7/18/2018

MALAVASIC: The F Street Mess (2017)

By: Michael Woods Category: Book Reviews

Since Congress began debating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, it has inspired torrents of words, from polemics and conspiracy theories to insider exposés and scholarly studies.

Published 7/11/2018

HESS: The Battle of Peach Tree Creek (2017)

By: Ryan Quint Category: Book Reviews

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek by Earl Hess is a solid work that fits neatly into the growing historiography of the Atlanta Campaign.