Blogs

Published 1/1/2020

SCHAFF: Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy (2019)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

As Jon D. Schaff's "Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy" shows, there is no discernible slowdown in the publication of books on the sixteenth president.

Published 12/30/2019

The Best Civil War Books of 2019

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

With the help of a handful of Civil War historians and enthusiasts, here is our list of the best Civil War books of 2019.

Published 12/25/2019

THIBODEAU: Bicycling Gettysburg (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Sue Thibodeau's "Bicycling Gettysburg" encourages sightseers to temporarily ditch modern means of viewing the field in favor of traversing the south-central Pennsylvania countryside on a bike.

Published 12/20/2019

Extra Dossier: William T. Sherman

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

A panel of historians weighs in on the best qualities of William T. Sherman.

Published 12/20/2019

The March to the Sea

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

A look at Sherman's March to the Sea through images...

Published 12/19/2019

The Drummer Boy of Our Regiment

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Image of the Day

An illustrated look at the life of a Civil War drummer boy.

Published 12/18/2019

STOTELMYER: Too Useful to Sacrifice (2019)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

In Steven R. Stotelmyer's "Too Useful to Sacrifice," George B. McClellan has now received his day in court.

Published 12/14/2019

Eyewitness to the Battle of Fredericksburg

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

A first-person account of the bloody Union defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg...

Published 12/11/2019

BEILEIN: William Gregg's Civil War (2019)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

"William Gregg’s Civil War" is brisk and lively as the guerrilla moves through his many experiences serving under William Quantrill.

Published 12/4/2019

McILWAIN: The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President (2018)

By: Todd Arrington Category: Book Reviews

Christopher Lyle McIlwain Sr.'s "The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President" does an admirable job ...

Published 12/3/2019

Extra Voices: Gambling

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

Some first-person quotes about the pervasiveness of gambling in camp by Union and Confederate troops.

Published 11/27/2019

PETERS: Darkness at Chancellorsville (2019)

By: Chris Mackowski Category: Book Reviews

"The narrative comes to life" in Ralph Peters' "Darkness at Chancellorsville," one "of the best-written battle sequences I've ever read."

Published 11/22/2019

The Dogs of Andersonville

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Image of the Day

A look at one of the dogs charged with recapturing escaped prisoners from Andersonville

Published 11/20/2019

GWYNNE: Hymns of the Republic (2019)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

S.C. Gwynne's "Hymns of the Republic" is "a readable narrative that carries readers from Ulysses S. Grant’s arrival in the Eastern Theater to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House."

Published 11/16/2019

Word-clouding the Gettysburg Address

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A different look at the words Abraham Lincoln used in his iconic Gettysburg Address.

Published 11/15/2019

The March to the Sea Begins

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: In the First Person

A look at William T. Sherman's Special Field Orders 120, which set the tone for the March to the Sea ...

Published 11/13/2019

DANIEL: Conquered (2019)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Larry J. Daniel's "Conquered: Why the Confederacy Failed" is a convincing original argument, a comprehensive historiographical essay, and a compelling narrative.

Published 11/6/2019

WALLER: Lincoln's Spies (2019)

By: Lawrence Kreiser, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Lincoln's Spies," Douglas Waller provides colorful detail on the lives and careers of Civil War spies...there is much material with which to work.

Published 10/30/2019

DIRCK: The Black Heavens (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Brian R. Dirck's "The Black Heavens" is the first book-length treatment of the sixteenth president's long relationship with death.

Published 10/23/2019

BLEVINS: The Conflicted Ozarks (2019)

By: Roy Wisecarver Category: Book Reviews

Brooks Blevins' "The Conflicted Ozarks" is superb study of a fascinating region during a tumultuous period of destruction and rebuilding.