Blogs

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...

Published 6/26/2019

SEIPLE: Louisa on the Front Lines (2019)

By: Paige Gibbons Backus Category: Book Reviews

Much like Alcott's work, Seiple's narrative leaps off the page.

Published 6/19/2019

SAINLAUDE: France and the American Civil War (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...a marvelous book that contains fascinating analysis about French diplomacy...demonstrates how historians have too long made France into a junior partner of Great Britain.

Published 6/14/2019

Extra Dossier: J.E.B. Stuart

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

We recently asked a panel of Civil War historians a series of questions about Major General James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart—a way of assessing the flamboyant cavalier's record and legacy today. And while the results were published in our Summer 2019 issue (“Dossier: J.E.B. Stuart,” Vol. 9, No. 2), space prevented us from providing all of our panelists’ answers in full detail. Below are...

Published 6/12/2019

SCHLOTTERBECK (et al., eds.): James Riley Weaver's Civil War (2019)

By: Carolyn Levy Category: Book Reviews

Weaver's writings provide rare insight into the complexities of the prisoner of war experience.

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...