Blogs

Published 10/20/2017

A Ball's Bluff Letter

By: Caspar Crowninshield Category: In the First Person

On October 21, 1861, Union forces crossed the Potomac River to attack what they thought was a Confederate camp near Leesburg, Virginia. Even after they discovered there was no camp—Union scouts had mistaken a line of trees for an enemy camp in the darkness of the previous night—Colonel Edward Baker decided to reinforce the raiding party. A lack of boats delayed the movement; by the time the...

Published 10/18/2017

DAVIS: All the Fighting They Want (2017)

By: Alexandre Caillot Category: Book Reviews

...this book is a strong choice for those wishing to learn more about the Atlanta campaign.

Published 10/11/2017

GREEN: McClellan and the Union High Command (2017)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

Green...examines the development and creation of the Union high command.

Published 10/4/2017

HETTLE: The Confederate Homefront (2017)

By: Madeleine Forrest Category: Book Reviews

Hettle's book is a wonderful resource for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Civil War era and those who lived it.

Published 9/27/2017

CRAIG & ULLRICH: Unconditional Unionist (2016)

By: Patrick Lewis Category: Book Reviews

Kentucky is the sphinx on the landscape of the American Civil War...

Published 9/23/2017

Extra Voices: Sounds of War

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices department of our summer 2014 issue (Vol. 4, No. 2) we featured soldiers' quotes that highlight some of the many different sounds of war. Below are some additional examples that we could not run in the magazine, do to space limitations.

Published 9/20/2017

FOUGHT: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (2017)

By: Jonathan Lande Category: Book Reviews

...essential reading for those seeking to better know Douglass.

Published 9/15/2017

The Search for Orville Wheelock

By: Julia Wheelock Category: In the First Person

One hundred fifty years ago this month, 28-year-old Michigan resident Julia Wheelcock learned that her brother, Orville, a soldier in the 8th Michigan Infantry, had been wounded at the September 1, 1862, Battle of Chantilly. She and Orville’s wife, Anna, along with Anna’s sister, Mrs. Peck, determined to travel to Virginia to look for him in the hospitals of Alexandria. The following is an...

Published 9/13/2017

WALDSTREICHER & MASON: John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas H. Cox Category: Book Reviews

...this collection of primary sources provides important insight into John Quincy Adams's views on the most divisive issue of his generation.

Published 9/8/2017

Robert E. Lee, Confederate Memorials, and the Burden of the Past

By: Glenn W. LaFantasie Category: Commentary

On August 13, a statue of Robert E. Lee took center stage in the struggle over the meaning and legacy of the Civil War. That day a "Unite the Right" rally of self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, anti-Semites, and neo-Confederates protested the city’s decision to remove an equestrian statue of Lee from a public park. The rally erupted in violence, killing one...

Published 9/6/2017

PITTMAN: Rebels in the Rockies (2014)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...illustrates irregular activity in a region that has long been understudied in the scholarly literature.

Published 8/30/2017

MEZUREK: For Their Own Cause (2016)

By: Jacob Glover Category: Book Reviews

...a well-written, engaging treatment of the 27th USCT that does far more than most regimental histories.

Published 8/30/2017

EGERTON: Thunder at the Gates (2016)

By: Kelly D. Mezurek Category: Book Reviews

....a valuable contribution to the study of black Civil War regiments.

Published 8/25/2017

Stereoscope: The Civil War as a Home Invasion

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Articles

The Beguiled may not seem, at first, to be a Civil War film. The movie, which is a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood feature (which was itself based on the novel A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan, published in 1966), begins with a panning shot of treetops and the sound of birdsong and buzzing insects. As the camera comes to the ground, it follows a young girl named Amy (Oona Laurence), humming to...

Published 8/23/2017

EMBERTON & BAKER (eds.): Remembering Reconstruction (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

Reconstruction was much, much more than the political restoration of the ex-Confederacy to the Union; rather, it involved fundamental issues of race, citizenship, colonialism, and American identity.

Published 8/16/2017

FRAZIER: Blood on the Bayou (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

By placing the Vicksburg and Port Hudson campaigns into a broader context, Frazier offers something for both military and social historians.

Published 8/16/2017

BETIT: War's Cost (2016)

By: Reagan Lyons Category: Book Reviews

A slender but useful study of a Shenandoah Valley family at war...

Published 8/11/2017

A Bad Day on the March

By: Alfred Lewis Castleman Category: In the First Person

After it was thwarted in its attempt to capture Richmond during the Peninsula Campaign in the summer of 1862, the Army of the Potomac retreated southeast. Along the way, Alfred Lewis Castleman, a surgeon in the 5th Wisconsin Infantry, kept a detailed diary—a chronicle of happenings in a defeated and demoralized army. Below is but one such event, which occurred in August after the army reached ...

Published 8/9/2017

EPPS: Slavery on the Periphery (2016)

By: James M. Shinn, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

Slavery's roots in the Kansas-Missouri borderland ran deep.

Published 8/4/2017

Gettysburg: The Army's Living Classroom

By: Clay Mountcastle Category: Articles

During any visit to Gettysburg National Battlefield Park it is not uncommon to encounter a group of military officers, noncommissioned officers, soldiers, or cadets huddled together, staring intently at the ground. They pore over maps ...