Blogs

Published 9/11/2019

MERTZ: Attack at Daylight and Whip Them (2019)

By: John Daley Category: Book Reviews

Mertz and the Emerging Civil War Series have given us excellent history in guidebook format.

Published 9/4/2019

POWELL: Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah (2019)

By: Jonathan M. Berkey Category: Book Reviews

Powell adds nuance and depth to a well-studied campaign.

Published 8/28/2019

GALLAGHER & GALLMAN (eds.): Civil War Places (2019)

By: Rebecca Howard Category: Book Reviews

The broad selection of scholars here...challenges readers to expand their own perspective on the conflict.

Published 8/25/2019

Extra Voices: The Angel of the Battlefield

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Fall 2019 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by and about nurse Clara Barton. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 8/21/2019

TACKACH: Lincoln and the Natural Environment (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

When Lincoln spoke about 'binding up the nation's wounds,' he almost certainly counted the landscape among them.

Published 8/19/2019

Winslow Homer's Civil War

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

After the outbreak of the Civil War, 25-year-old artist Winslow Homer traveled to the front to sketch scenes of the conflict's participants and engagements for Harper's Weekly, the country's premier illustrated newspaper. Though young, Homer, who had sketched for Harper's for years before the start of hostilities, had already established himself as a skilled illustrator with a keen eye for...

Published 8/14/2019

Mutiny in the Army

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

On August 14, 1861, the sense of anger and disgruntlement that had been building among the men of the largely Scottish-American 79th New York Infantry "Highlanders" boiled over. The rank and file of the regiment, which had suffered one of the highest number of casualties among Union units engaged in the recent Battle of Bull Run (including the death of their colonel, James Cameron, brother to the...

Published 8/14/2019

SILKENAT: Raising the White Flag (2019)

By: Eric Michael Burke Category: Book Reviews

If surrender never quite 'defined' the war, this book makes clear that it unquestionably suffused it.

Published 8/12/2019

The B&A Q&A: Kevin M. Levin

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: The Bookshelf

In his latest book, "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth" (to be published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press), Boston-based historian and educator Kevin M. Levin tackles the enduring

Published 8/7/2019

BIERLE: Call Out the Cadets (2019)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Bierle never loses sight of the fact that the battle did not occur in some remote hinterland, but rather in a larger community.

Published 7/31/2019

ELDER: That Bloody Hill (2017)

By: William Lee White Category: Book Reviews

Chickamauga was a grim first outing for the Alabamians.

Published 7/26/2019

History as Imagination

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Stereoscope

Anyone who has spent considerable time in research libraries or logging onto digital archives knows what it feels like to come to the end of an evidentiary road. A promising file of letters reveals huge gaps in the writers’ correspondence. A tantalizing detail in a census record leads nowhere. A diary entry ends with a page torn out. Historians must make what they can of such incomplete evidence...

Published 7/26/2019

"My Little 'Rebel' Heart Was on Fire"

By: Belle Boyd Category: In the First Person

In July 1861, only months after the outbreak of the Civil War, Belle Boyd—the 17-year-old daughter of a prosperous family in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia)—experienced a traumatic event that helped spur her to become a spy for the Confederacy. Boyd told the story of the incident—excerpted below—in her 1865 autobiography, Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison, a book considered by...

Published 7/24/2019

REIDY: Illusions of Emancipation (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Reidy does not see a single point, a single event, or a single historical figure as responsible for emancipation.

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...