Blogs

Published 8/7/2020

Road Trip: Petersburg to Appomattox

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Few regions offer a denser concentration of Civil War history than Central Virginia. The historical significance of the region is reason enough to visit, but the fact that you can retrace the conflict’s final major campaigns within the span of 24 hours makes it too good to miss.

Published 8/6/2020

Agenda: August 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 August? Here is a list of some very good options...

Published 8/5/2020

TUCKER: Newest Born of Nations (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Newest Born of Nations" by Ann L. Tucker makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of how white southerners conceptualized themselves before and during the Civil War.

Published 7/30/2020

The Best Books About Robert E. Lee

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

We recently asked a number of top Civil War historians to let us know their favorite books about Robert E. Lee. Here are the results...

Published 7/30/2020

Eyewitness to the Crater

By: William J. Pegram Category: In the First Person

A first-hand account of the Battle of the Crater by Confederate officer William Pegram ...

Published 7/29/2020

LUNDBERG: Horace Greeley (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Most students of nineteenth century America regard Horace Greeley as a political chameleon.

Published 7/25/2020

An Infernal Machine

By: Harper's Weekly Category: Image of the Day

In the July 27, 1861, issue of Harper's Weekly, the editors published a small story about an "infernal machine" recently removed from the Potomac River near

Published 7/22/2020

LANCE: In The Waves (2020)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

Rachel Lances's "In The Waves" is wholly convincing ... a compelling narrative that is easily accessible to a general audience.

Published 7/16/2020

U.S. Army Surgical Kit

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

A look at the contents of a typical U.S. Army Surgical Kit...

Published 7/15/2020

WOODS: Arguing Until Doomsday (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Michael E. Woods' "Arguing Until Doomsday" is one of the most engaging and accessible histories of the pre-Civil War Democratic Party to date.

Published 7/10/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 2

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Part 2 of Mark Grimsley's examination of the Civil War's "Greatest Bards" concludes with a look at Bruce Catton.

Published 7/8/2020

WOODWORTH & GREAR (eds.): Vicksburg Besieged (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

The contributors to "Vicksburg Besieged" supply welcome new perspectives on a pivotal moment in Civil War history.

Published 7/2/2020

Agenda: July 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in July? Here is a list of some very good options...

Published 7/1/2020

NELSON: The Three-Cornered War (2020)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

In "The Three-Cornered War," Megan Kate Nelson accomplishes the rare feat of providing a new perspective on the Civil War...

Published 6/24/2020

WOLZ: Grand Army Women (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Robert J. Wolz recalls the work of postwar northern women’s organizations in "Grand Army Women."

Published 6/17/2020

MINGUS & WINGERT: Targeted Tracks (2019)

By: Jason Tercha Category: Book Reviews

"Targeted Tracks" tells the Civil War story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad....

Published 6/15/2020

Extra Voices: Camp Sports

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A collection of quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the various sports they played in camp.

Published 6/12/2020

History’s "Grant" Considered

By: Brooks D. Simpson Category: Analysis

Ulysses S. Grant scholar Brooks D. Simpson reviews History Channel's recent series, "Grant."

Published 6/10/2020

RICHARDSON: How the South Won the Civil War (2020)

By: Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders Category: Book Reviews

Heather Cox Richardson's "How the South Won the War" advances the field of Civil War studies and Civil War memory beyond the history of commemoration....

Published 6/3/2020

BARNEY: Rebels in the Making (2020)

By: Melissa DeVelvis Category: Book Reviews

"Rebels in the Making" by William A. Barney is a recommended, in-depth primer to secession for academics and classrooms alike.