Blogs

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.

Published 4/10/2019

SOMMERVILLE: Aberration of Mind (2018)

By: Elias J. Baker Category: Book Reviews

Sommerville argues that a complete understanding of the New South depends on a deeper investigation of the emotional and psychological damage wrought by the war...

Published 4/3/2019

WITTENBERG: Holding the Line on the River of Death (2018)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

Wittenberg spares little detail for one day of action...a compelling case that Chickamauga was a three day battle.

Published 3/27/2019

SILBER: This War Ain't Over (2018)

By: Amy Fluker Category: Book Reviews

Civil War memory is complex, defying neat regional, racial, and political categorization.

Published 3/22/2019

Map Quest

By: Jenny Johnston Category: Living History

It was a sight that stopped traffic: a 10,000-pound chunk of plaster-on-steel, 27 feet long and seven feet wide, dangling in the air as a crane operator wormed it through the second-story window of a historic building in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania. Over the course of 12 hours, three more equally sized blocks would follow. On the street below, a scrum of news crews and locals surveyed the...

Published 3/20/2019

MACKOWSKI: The Great Battle Never Fought (2018)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

...a valuable companion to a visit along Mine Run.

Published 3/13/2019

WARD: The 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War (2018)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Those seeking a deeper understanding of the common soldier of the Army of the Potomac...will find Ward's regimental history...exceedingly beneficial.

Published 3/6/2019

RUBIN & MURPHY (eds.): The Perfect Scout (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Provide[s] the Civil War community with a better understanding of the complexities and dangers faced by scouts, guides, couriers, and escorts throughout the conflict

Published 3/4/2019

Extra Voices: Avid Readers

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Spring 2019 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes about the quest for reading materials among Union and Confederate troops. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.