Blogs

Published 11/22/2017

CODDINGTON: Faces of the Civil War Navies (2016)

By: Briana Weaver Category: Book Reviews

Coddington brings to life these men aboard the battleships, be they closer to home, anchored along a river bank, or farther away in the seas, prowling for enemy ships.

Published 11/17/2017

Extra Voices: Hunger Pangs

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Winter 2017 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about their regular bouts of hunger. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut. 

Published 11/15/2017

DIRCK: Lincoln in Indiana (2017)

By: John C. Kennedy Category: Book Reviews

...a clearly and succinctly argued study of the early years of Abraham Lincoln with rich descriptions of Indiana.

Published 11/10/2017

The Best Civil War Books of All Time

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Analysis

For our latest newsstand-only special issue, The Civil War Almanac, we asked a panel of Civil War historians--J. Matthew Gallman, Matthew C. Hulbert, James Marten, and Amy Murrell Taylor—for their opinions on a  a variety of popular topics, including the war's most overrated and underratred commanders, top turning points, most influential women, and best depictions on film. Space contraints...

Published 11/8/2017

HURLEY: California and the Civil War (2017)

By: Aaron Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Hurley's strongest contributions lie within his treatment of the Civil War's impact upon Indigenous peoples throughout California and the West....

Published 11/3/2017

Then and Now: How Civil War-Era Doctors Responded to Their Own Opiate Epidemic

By: Jonathan S. Jones Category: Analysis

Hidden among the many headlines about the United States' ongoing opioid crisis was an important press release issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this summer. On Thursday, June 8, the FDA requested that drug manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals pull the opioid Opana ER from the market. Opana is notorious for its extraordinary power and addictiveness—even compared to other...

Published 11/1/2017

FITZGERALD: Reconstruction in Alabama (2017)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

The product of many decades of archival spadework...[this is] the definitive account of Reconstruction in Alabama.

Published 10/25/2017

QUIGLEY: Pure Heart (2016)

By: Andrew Davis Category: Book Reviews

An invaluable addition to scholarship examining the Civil War...highlights the ways in which religion played a central role in both uniting and dividing the American people.

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.