Blogs

Published 9/30/2020

MOREL: Lincoln and the American Founding (2020)

By: Anne E. Moseley Category: Book Reviews

Lucas E. Morel's "Lincoln and the American Founding" shows how the sixteenth president used his knowledge of the nation’s founders to oppose slavery.

Published 9/28/2020

Quote for the Day: Autumn is Coming

By: Zenas T. Haines Category: Quotables

“We were forced to breathe dust freely, but through the clouds which rose wherever the regiment moved we caught refreshing views of stately homesteads, blushing orchards, and autumn-tinted landscapes.

Published 9/23/2020

FRAZIER: Tempest Over Texas (2020)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Donald Frazier's "Tempest Over Texas" offers a fine-grained account of a six-month period in a theater that most people do not know very much about.

Published 9/21/2020

The Five Best Books on the African-American Civil War Experience

By: Holly A. Pinheiro Jr. Category: Articles

A roundup of books that do the best job in capturing the African-American Civil War experience.

Published 9/18/2020

Interview: Historical Tours in the Time of COVID-19

By: Richard Blackmon Category: Interviews

We asked Richard Blackmon, director of Historic America Tours, a few questions about the challenges of conducting historical tours in the time of Covid-19...

Published 9/16/2020

CRIBB: Old Abe (2020)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

John Cribb's "Old Abe" presents a fictionalized account of Lincoln’s final, momentous years that history buffs and general readers alike can enjoy.

Published 9/9/2020

BRETTLE: Colossal Ambitions (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Adrian Brettle's "Colossal Ambitions" is the most unique work on the Confederacy to appear in many years.

Published 9/7/2020

Agenda: September 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in September? Here are some good options... 

Published 9/4/2020

A Man of Sorrows

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Understanding the origin and significance of Abraham Lincoln's melancholy.

Published 9/2/2020

GLYMPH: The Women's Fight (2020)

By: Misti Harper Category: Book Reviews

In "The Women's Fight," Thavolia Glymph recounts the stories of women who were compelled by men to make sacrifices during wartime, but who have rarely been "acknowledged as political."

Published 8/26/2020

WITTENBERG, SARGUS, AND BARRICK: Seceding from Secession (2020)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"Seceding from Secession" is an exemplary study, prodigiously researched, profusely illustrated, and masterfully crafted...

Published 8/25/2020

Extra Voices: Thirst

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Fall 2020 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the extreme thirst they suffered with while on campaign. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 8/19/2020

MAXFIELD: Hellmira (2020)

By: Angela Riotto Category: Book Reviews

Through a combination of official prison records, prisoners’ writings, and photographs, Derek Maxfield's "Hellmira" resurrects Elmira Prison in history and memory.

Published 8/12/2020

WEST: Christopher H. Tebault, Surgeon to the Confederacy (2020)

By: Guy Hasegawa Category: Book Reviews

In "Surgeon to the Confederacy," Confederate surgeon Christopher H. Tebault led a life worth examining.

Published 8/7/2020

Road Trip: Petersburg to Appomattox

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Few regions offer a denser concentration of Civil War history than Central Virginia. The historical significance of the region is reason enough to visit, but the fact that you can retrace the conflict’s final major campaigns within the span of 24 hours makes it too good to miss.

Published 8/6/2020

Agenda: August 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in August? Here is a list of some very good options...

Published 8/5/2020

TUCKER: Newest Born of Nations (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Newest Born of Nations" by Ann L. Tucker makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of how white southerners conceptualized themselves before and during the Civil War.

Published 7/30/2020

The Best Books About Robert E. Lee

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

We recently asked a number of top Civil War historians to let us know their favorite books about Robert E. Lee. Here are the results...

Published 7/30/2020

Eyewitness to the Crater

By: William J. Pegram Category: In the First Person

A first-hand account of the Battle of the Crater by Confederate officer William Pegram ...

Published 7/29/2020

LUNDBERG: Horace Greeley (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Most students of nineteenth century America regard Horace Greeley as a political chameleon.