Blogs

Published 7/17/2019

WHITE: Let Us Die Like Men (2019)

By: Thomas Mack Category: Book Reviews

Unable to compel Sherman to attack, Hood trundled west into Alabama and changed his objective.

Published 7/10/2019

TSOURAS: Major General George H. Sharpe and the Creation of American Military Intelligence in the Civil War (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

The author shows how a superior general staff...helped wrest the initiative away from Lee's army as the war in the Eastern Theater dragged on.

Published 7/3/2019

BROOMALL: Private Confederacies (2019)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

[S]tands at the edge of a field of historical inquiry that is sure to gain greater currency among historians...

Published 6/29/2019

The Seven Days Battles

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Between July 25 and July 1, 1862, George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia battled on the outskirts of Richmond. The fate of the capital of the Confederacy lay in the balance. A decisive Union victory could have resulted in the capture of Richmond—and likely the end of the rebellion. But Lee's outnumbered Rebels outperformed their opponents during...

Published 6/26/2019

SEIPLE: Louisa on the Front Lines (2019)

By: Paige Gibbons Backus Category: Book Reviews

Much like Alcott's work, Seiple's narrative leaps off the page.

Published 6/19/2019

SAINLAUDE: France and the American Civil War (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...a marvelous book that contains fascinating analysis about French diplomacy...demonstrates how historians have too long made France into a junior partner of Great Britain.

Published 6/14/2019

Extra Dossier: J.E.B. Stuart

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

We recently asked a panel of Civil War historians a series of questions about Major General James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart—a way of assessing the flamboyant cavalier's record and legacy today. And while the results were published in our Summer 2019 issue (“Dossier: J.E.B. Stuart,” Vol. 9, No. 2), space prevented us from providing all of our panelists’ answers in full detail. Below are...

Published 6/12/2019

SCHLOTTERBECK (et al., eds.): James Riley Weaver's Civil War (2019)

By: Carolyn Levy Category: Book Reviews

Weaver's writings provide rare insight into the complexities of the prisoner of war experience.

Published 6/5/2019

HORWITZ: Spying on the South (2019)

By: Christopher Gwinn Category: Book Reviews

We have lost a singular voice in the field of popular history.

Published 6/4/2019

The Best Civil War Movies of All Time

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

For our recent newsstand-only special issue The Civil War Almanac, we asked a number of Civil War historians for their opinions on a variety of popular topics, including the war’s most overrated and underrated commanders, top turning points, and most influential women. Space constraints prevented us from including the full answers to one of the questions: What are the 10 best Civil War movies? ...

Published 5/29/2019

MILLER: North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession (2019)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

Reveals a new perspective on pro-Union southerners....draws sensible conclusions from the evidence it uses.

Published 5/23/2019

The American Civil War Museum: A Photo Tour

By: Zethyn McKinley Category: Photo Essays

Take a mini tour of the newly opened American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

Published 5/22/2019

HOOD: The Army of Tennessee in Retreat (2018)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

On December 16, 1864, Union General George Thomas accomplished a goal that Civil War field commanders found to be unobtainable: the climactic destruction of an enemy army.

Published 5/17/2019

A Bright Future

By: Ronald S. Coddington Category: Faces of War

This Union officer sporting stylish spectacles with tinted glass and a second pair of lenses is Captain Thomas Bartlett Griffith, a prosperous furnace manufacturer from Carver, Massachusetts. Griffith’s striking supplementary lenses could have been used for extra sun protection, as bifocals, or simply for decoration. Because a postwar portrait shows him wearing traditional glasses, this set was...

Published 5/15/2019

LONGACRE: Custer (2018)

By: Daniel Davis Category: Book Reviews

Longacre has breathed new life into Custer's career...

Published 5/8/2019

HESS: Fighting for Atlanta (2018)

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Book Reviews

Hess' insightful and fascinating study will remain the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future.

Published 5/1/2019

MARTIN: A Fierce Glory (2018)

By: Kevin Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

...a fast-flowing narrative that will keep the attention of seasoned Civil War readers and the general public alike.

Published 4/29/2019

Emerging Scholars Speakers

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

The American Civil War Museum's Emerging Scholars speakers describe their topic and why it is relevant to contemporary Civil War studies.

Published 4/24/2019

ROBERTSON: River of Death (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

An authoritative analysis of how the rigors of campaigning affected command decisions and the experiences of common soldiers alike.

Published 4/17/2019

SELBY: Meade: The Price of Command, 1863-1865 (2018)

By: Jennifer M. Murray Category: Book Reviews

An important account of Meade's tenure as commander of the Army of the Potomac.