Blogs

Published 5/23/2018

WILLS: Inglorious Passages (2017)

By: Clayton Butler Category: Book Reviews

Wills' study...underscores the sheer ubiquity of death that descended upon the nation between 1861 and 1865.

Published 5/16/2018

COOK: Civil War Memories (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

The massacre at Mother Emanuel simultaneously underscores the endurance of Civil War memory in the contemporary United States and the extent to which Americans still struggle, often violently, to control the fundamental meanings of those memories.

Published 5/9/2018

MACKOWSKI & WHITE (eds.): Turning Points of the American Civil War (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Historic turning points can hinge on the stroke of a pen or a turn in the road.

Published 5/2/2018

Chancellorsville

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

“My plans are perfect, and when I start to carry them out, may God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none.” So said Major General Joseph Hooker in mid-April 1863 to a group of Union officers about his strategy for defeating Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Hooker,

Published 5/2/2018

Battlefield Echoes: MOPs, MOEs, and Chancellorsville

By: Ethan S. Rafuse Category: Articles

In the aftermath of his army’s defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee welcomed a brother of Secretary of War James Seddon to Army of Northern Virginia headquarters. Curious

Published 5/2/2018

JORDAN (ed.): The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book (2018)

By: Jonathan W. White Category: Book Reviews

[Charles Lamar's] correspondence is a particular boon for historians of the slave trade...

Published 4/25/2018

RHEA: On to Petersburg (2017)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Fortunately, this classic campaign has a chronicler worthy of its singular importance to the Union's ultimate victory.

Published 4/20/2018

The Best Civil War Books of 2017

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

The Books & Authors section of our Winter 2017 issue contained our annual roundup of the year's best Civil War titles. As usual, we enlisted the help of a handful of Civil War historians and enthusiasts, avid readers all, and asked them to pick their two favorite books published in 2017. Below are their picks.

Published 4/18/2018

POWELL: Battle Above the Clouds (2017)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

Ulysses Grant famously described the Battle of Lookout Mountain as "all poetry."

Published 4/11/2018

BELCHER: The Cavalries at Stones River (2017)

By: David A. Powell Category: Book Reviews

...an excellent addition to both western theater cavalry studies and the specifics of the battle of Stones River.

Published 4/6/2018

Beyond the White Man's Iliad

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

The Confederate monument controversy that has exploded in recent months raises fundamental questions about the American Iliad. The removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, is only the best known of several examples that place these questions before us.

Published 4/4/2018

FRAKER: Looking for Lincoln in Illinois (2017)

By: Frank J. Williams Category: Book Reviews

This is a delightful journey along the highways and byways of the circuit traveled by lawyer Lincoln...

Published 3/28/2018

CHERNOW: Grant (2017)

By: Todd Arrington Category: Book Reviews

...[I]f [Grant's] presidential ranking continues to rise, there is little question that Ron Chernow's exhaustive research and accessible writing style will be part of the reason.

Published 3/21/2018

KEATING: The Greatest Trials I Ever Had (2017)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

Students of the war looking for insights into the connections between camp and home front will find the Cahills' letters to be quite rewarding.

Published 3/17/2018

St. Patrick's Day in the Army

By: Josiah Marshall Favill Category: In the First Person

On March 17, 1863, Josiah Marshall Favill, a young lieutenant in the 57th New York Infantry, was one of many soldiers in the Army of the Potomac to observe the elaborate St. Patrick's festivities being hosted by General Thomas Francis Meagher and the men of the Irish Brigade. When he returned to his regiment's camp later that day, Favill recorded the following observations in his diary: 

Published 3/16/2018

Extra Voices: Tobacco

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Spring 2018 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes from Union and Confederate troops about the use of tobacco among soldiers and civilians. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.   

Published 3/14/2018

AYERS: The Thin Light of Freedom (2017)

By: Douglas R. Egerton Category: Book Reviews

Hindsight, Ayers understands, is often the enemy of understanding.

Published 3/9/2018

The Eisenhower Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg

By: Dennis Edward Flake Category: Articles

While not commonly looked upon as part of the battlefield, the Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, played a significant role during the second and third days of the fighting at Gettysburg.

Published 3/7/2018

QUINT: Determined to Stand and Fight (2017)

By: Jared Frederick Category: Book Reviews

Early's daring raid is a colorful tale of retribution, diversion, anxiety, and shrewd political calculation.

Published 2/28/2018

SODERGREN: The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns (2017)

By: Briana Weaver Category: Book Reviews

Sodergren finds that the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac welcomed the change of pace afforded by the Petersburg trenches.