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Published 10/27/2021

HASEGAWA: Matchless Organization (2021)

By: Sarah Handley-Cousins Category: Book Reviews

Guy R. Hasegawa's "Matchless Organization" offers a clear, detailed, and thorough history of the Confederacy's military medical organization.

Published 10/25/2021

The Best Civil War Novels

By: Craig A. Warren Category: Articles

A historian offers his picks for the best novels about the Civil War ...

Published 10/20/2021

GERHARDT: Lincoln's Mentors (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Michael J. Gerhardt's "Lincoln's Mentors" is an original and satisfying biography for readers who think there is nothing new to say about the sixteenth president.

Published 10/18/2021

Suits of Shoddy

By: Tracy L. Barnett Category: Articles

How a word used to describe subpar cloth saw its meaning expanded during the Civil War

Published 10/15/2021

The Mountain Campaigns in Georgia

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Published in 1890, "The Mountain Campaigns in Georgia"--a slim volume devoted to telling the story of the battles fought along the Western & Atlantic Railroad--boasted a number of detailed illustrations by leading artists of the day, including Alfred R. Waud and Thure de Thulstrup. Waud, boasted the book's author, had "personally visited all of the battlefields depicted," and all of the sketches...

Published 10/13/2021

ASHTON: William Barksdale, CSA (2021)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

William Barksdale's life is often reduced to a single episode...the charge his brigade made at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.

Published 10/6/2021

MARTEN & JANNEY (eds.): Buying & Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Buying & Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America" reveals how the war, in ways big and small, continued to annex ordinary lives at century's end.

Published 9/29/2021

OVIES: The Boy Generals (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

A dual biography of George Custer and Wesley Merritt, Adolfo Ovies' "The Boy Generals" is based on an extensive array of primary sources.

Published 9/27/2021

The Five Best Books on Civil War Guerrillas

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Articles

"This Mr. Wales is a cold-blooded killer. He’s from Missouri where they’re all known to be killers of innocent men, women, and children.” That line from Clint Eastwood’s iconic 1976 film, The Outlaw Josey Wales, reflected—and in some cases still reflects—the three most enduring misconceptions about Civil War guerrillas. First was that irregular combatants were all bloodthirsty psychos....

Published 9/24/2021

Mr. Gridley and His Sack of Flour

By: Harper's Weekly Category: Image of the Day

In the January 21, 1865, issue of Harper's Weekly, the editors published a small story about a man from Nevada who had lost an election for city office—but gained national renown in the wake of his defeat:

Published 9/22/2021

HOLDEN: Surviving Southampton (2021)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

Vanessa M. Holden's "Surviving Southampton" moves our attention from Nat Turner to his community at a time when the appeal for uncovering societies of resistance has never been more apparent.

Published 9/20/2021

Unceasing Fury at Chickamauga

By: W.W. Heartsill Category: In the First Person

The Battle of Chickamauga, fought on September 18–20, 1863, pitted the William Rosecrans Army of the Cumberland against Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee in the war's first major land battle in Georgia. The bloody fighting, a resounding Confederate victory that produced some 34,000 total causalties, was marked by a series of Rebel attacks: on the 18th, James Longstreet's corps exploited a gap...

Published 9/15/2021

STEINER: Lincoln and Citizenship (2021)

By: Paul Quigley Category: Book Reviews

"Lincoln and Citizenship" is a terrific addition to the Concise Lincoln Library series from Southern Illinois University Press.

Published 9/13/2021

Extra Voices: Nicknames

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Fall 2021 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about nicknames. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that just missed the cut.

Published 9/8/2021

REEVES: A Fire in the Wilderness (2021)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

John Reeves' "A Fire in the Wilderness" captures well the horrors of the combat.

Published 9/1/2021

BYRD: A Holy Baptism of Fire & Blood (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

James P. Byrd's "A Holy Baptism of Fire & Blood" raises important questions about the Bible's place in the Civil War era.

Published 8/27/2021

Voices From the Army of Northern Virginia, Part 2

By: Gary W. Gallagher Category: Articles

Artillerists created an invaluable body of evidence relating to the Army of Northern Virginia. Though they made up only about 7.5 percent of the army’s strength, they figured prominently in almost every battle and decisively in a few.

Published 8/25/2021

HUGHES: Unlike Anything That Ever Floated (2021)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

Dwight Hughes' "Unlike Anything That Ever Floated" supplies an engaging narrative that is not short on technical detail.

Published 8/18/2021

GOSSE: The First Reconstruction (2021)

By: Lucien Holness Category: Book Reviews

Van Gosse's "The First Reconstruction" is an important work that provides a new interpretation of the politics of the early republic.

Published 8/11/2021

STANLEY: Grand Army of Labor (2021)

By: David A. Zonderman Category: Book Reviews

Matthew E. Stanley's "Grand Army of Labor" explores how the war's echoes both strengthened and constrained the labor movement.