Blogs

Published 1/19/2018

Close Calls at Beaver Dam Creek

By: Oliver Willcox Norton Category: In the First Person

Little over a week after he participated in the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek—the first of the Seven Days Battles fought outside Richmond during General George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign—Private Oliver Willcox Norton of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry wrote home about his experiences ... and marvelled at how he was able to escape without serious injury.

Published 1/17/2018

HESS: Civil War Logistics (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Hess' latest foray plunges the reader into the critical but woefully under appreciated world of Civil War logistics....

Published 1/12/2018

Extra Voices: Dog Days of Summer

By: The Civi War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Summer 2015 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes from Union and Confederate soldiers about the intense heat and discomfort that accomapied summer campaigning. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut. 

Published 1/10/2018

HUNT: Meade and Lee After Gettysburg (2017)

By: Jennifer M. Murray Category: Book Reviews

Hunt...offers an important, welcomed addition to the Gettysburg scholarship.

Published 1/3/2018

PECK: Making An Antislavery Nation (2017)

By: Daniel W. Crofts Category: Book Reviews

Graham Peck's first book tackles big issues and delves into contested terrain....

Published 12/27/2017

BERRY & ELDER (eds.): Practical Strangers (2017)

By: Jean H. Baker Category: Book Reviews

The letters between Elodie and Nathaniel tell us much about courtship in the South.

Published 12/20/2017

ECELBARGER: Slaughter at the Chapel (2016)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

...an excellent tactical study of one of the Atlanta Campaign's most significant engagements.

Published 12/15/2017

Winter is Coming

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

With the winter season nearly upon us, we thought it the perfect time to compile Civil War scenes—in photos and sketches—that invoke the chilly temperatures and inclement weather to come. Bundle up ... and enjoy.

Published 12/15/2017

Civil War Cabbage Stew

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

Looking for a hearty meal to help fend off winter's cold? Try this Civil War-era recipe for cabbage stew.

Published 12/13/2017

FREY: Failure to Pursue (2016)

By: Michael Burns Category: Book Reviews

...why did the war last for four years, in the process costing more than 700,000 American lives?

Published 12/6/2017

TUCKER: Pickett's Charge (2016)

By: Adam Pratt Category: Book Reviews

It is often said that the victors write history, but in the case of the Civil War, that assumption is often called into question.

Published 12/1/2017

The History Seeker

By: Jenny Johnston Category: Articles

In 2010, Renee Savits faced a dilemma. A career archivist, Savits had been with the Library of Virginia for 11 years, rising to manager of its vast private papers section. The Pennsylvania native was just where she wanted to be: spending every day with her hands on history, organizing and preserving documents and photographs that had long outlived their creators. But budget cuts at the library...

Published 11/29/2017

LEPA: The Union Sixth Corps in the Shenandoah Valley (2016)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

...a succinct synthesis of the Sixth Corps' important role in Sheridan's 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

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 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 constraints...

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.