Blogs

Published 11/25/2020

GOTTFRIED: The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign (2020)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign" makes excellent use of primary accounts penned by Union and Confederate cavalrymen....

Published 11/18/2020

FUOSS: Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg (2020)

By: Rory Cornish Category: Book Reviews

Jarrad Fuoss has made a useful contribution to understanding the symbolism of the "Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg" and its place in American memory.

Published 11/17/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 7

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 11/11/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 6

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 11/11/2020

TAYLOR: Fighting for Citizenship (2020)

By: Robert Colby Category: Book Reviews

Brian Taylor's "Fighting for Citizenship" gives nuance to a debate that is all too often limited to an invocation of the famous 'Men of Color! To Arms' poster...

Published 11/4/2020

TAYLOR (ed.): My Dear Nelly (2020)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"My Dear Nelly" reveals Orlando Poe to be a man of both ability and no little ego, but one who struggled for distinction in the field and for control over affairs at home.

Published 11/3/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 5

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/28/2020

BUTLER: Unforgiven (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Unforgiven" presents a unique, tense, and absorbing twist on an unprecedented moment in U.S. Civil War and judicial history.

Published 10/27/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 4

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/23/2020

The Five Best Books on the Confederate Homefront

By: Anne Sarah Rubin Category: Articles

For decades, books about the Confederate homefront were often books about elite white slave-owning women—first Lost Cause-era flowery homages to their patriotism and dedication to the Confederacy, then more critical analyses drawing on the reams of letters and diaries they left behind. The homefront was often constructed as a bounded space, generally far away from the battlefield, virtually...

Published 10/21/2020

DUNBAR: She Came to Slay (2019)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

"She Came to Slay" is a model of how to write an engaging text for a younger, general audience.

Published 10/20/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 3

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/16/2020

John Brown's Raid

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

In October 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in hopes of obtaining the necessary weapons to arm a successful slave insurrection throughout the region. The raid failed, and by year's end Brown was dead, hanged after being convicted of treason and inciting slave insurrection. The impact of his actions would live on, however; Brown remained a...

Published 10/14/2020

DeCREDICO: Confederate Citadel (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Mary A. DeCredico's "Confederate Citadel" reminds us of the importance of place and space to national sovereignty.

Published 10/13/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 2

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/7/2020

MAGUIRE (ed.): My Remembrance of the War (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"My Remembrance of the War" is a well-told and wonderfully curated firsthand recollection...an engrossing coming-of-age narrative.

Published 10/6/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 1

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, "The Good Lord Bird," a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the novel of the same name by James McBride—premeried on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/2/2020

Agenda: October 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in October? Here are some good options...