Blogs

Published 4/8/2020

BARREYRE: Gold and Freedom (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Gold and Freedom," Nicolas Barreyre seeks to broaden the scope, geographic as well as temporal, of Reconstruction.

Published 4/3/2020

The "Hero" of Castle Thunder

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

On June 3, 1865—only a few weeks after the end of the Civil War—Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper ran the following article about the former Confederate-run prison in Richmond called Castle Thunder ... with a focus on one of its most infamous guards, which it profiled in the sketch below: 

Published 4/1/2020

STARRETT: Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder (2019)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

In "Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder and the Civil War," Ryan Starrett has produced an excellent, if limited local history...

Published 3/25/2020

CROWE: Caught in the Maelstrom (2019)

By: Carrie Fudickar Category: Book Reviews

Clint Crowe's "Caught in the Maelstrom" shows that the Indian Territory is a fertile field for future research....

Published 3/18/2020

INSKEEP: Imperfect Union (2020)

By: Shae Smith Cox Category: Book Reviews

In "Imperfect Union," Steve Inskeep focuses his attention on telling an enticing story...

Published 3/16/2020

History in the Digital Age

By: Kevin M. Levin Category: Public History

A look at how historians are engaging scholars, enthusiasts, and the public on social media platforms.

Published 3/13/2020

Extra Voices: Payday

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of our Spring 2020 issue we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the excitement that often accompanied payday in camp. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 3/11/2020

GERARD: The Last Battleground (2019)

By: Steven E. Nash Category: Book Reviews

In "The Last Battleground," Philip Gerard tries to bring the reader along on his journey...to learn about some of the lives touched by the Civil War in North Carolina.

Published 3/6/2020

The Fashion Trends of 1864

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

As the war raged on, civilians in New York city still made time to think of the latest fashions...

Published 3/4/2020

MILLER: Vicksburg (2019)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Donald L. Miller's "Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy" is marked by impeccable prose anchored by a staggering amount of archival research and an impressive grasp of relevant historiography line every page.

Published 2/26/2020

BORDEWICH: Congress at War (2020)

By: Nicole Etcheson Category: Book Reviews

Fergus M. Bordewich's "Congress at War" is engagingly written and will be welcomed by a popular audience as well as scholars.

Published 2/21/2020

Jefferson Davis, Rebel President

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

A look, through images, at Confederate president Jefferson Davis ...

Published 2/20/2020

A Goodbye Gift

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

Before he fled Richmond at war's end, Jefferson Davis left an interesting gift for the son of a family friend.

Published 2/19/2020

WILLIAMS: Rebel Guerrillas (2018)

By: Scott Thompson Category: Book Reviews

In "Rebel Guerrillas," Paul Williams studies three of the Confederate Army's most prominent irregular warriors.

Published 2/12/2020

VARON: Armies of Deliverance (2019)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

A review of Elizabeth R. Varon's "Armies of Deliverance," the Lincoln Prize–winning work that largely presents the war from the viewpoint of contemporaries experiencing the conflict as it unfolded before them.

Published 2/5/2020

McKENNA: British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War (2019)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

As Joseph McKenna shows in "British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War, the Union attempt to blockade over 3,500 miles of Confederate coastline was an immense undertaking that spread the U.S. Navy thinly.

Published 1/29/2020

KEITH: When It Was Grand (2020)

By: Allen C. Guelzo Category: Book Reviews

Radical Republicans have always been the most colorful of the party’s factions to chronicle, as evidenced in LeeAnna Keith's "When It Was Grand" ...

Published 1/26/2020

"What will not the human body endure?"

By: James K. Hosmer Category: In the First Person

A look at life in a Union field hospital during the Siege of Port Hudson in mid-1863.

Published 1/22/2020

BROWN: Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America (2019)

By: Thomas R. Flagel Category: Book Reviews

"Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America" by Thomas J. Brown is one of the most comprehensive explorations on Civil War monuments to date.

Published 1/21/2020

Grant and Lee at Appomattox

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Understanding the mythic event at Appomattox that represents the end of the Confederacy.