Blogs

Published 7/16/2020

U.S. Army Surgical Kit

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

A look at the contents of a typical U.S. Army Surgical Kit...

Published 7/15/2020

WOODS: Arguing Until Doomsday (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Michael E. Woods' "Arguing Until Doomsday" is one of the most engaging and accessible histories of the pre-Civil War Democratic Party to date.

Published 7/10/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 2

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Part 2 of Mark Grimsley's examination of the Civil War's "Greatest Bards" concludes with a look at Bruce Catton.

Published 7/8/2020

WOODWORTH & GREAR (eds.): Vicksburg Besieged (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

The contributors to "Vicksburg Besieged" supply welcome new perspectives on a pivotal moment in Civil War history.

Published 7/2/2020

Agenda: July 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

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

Published 7/1/2020

NELSON: The Three-Cornered War (2020)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

In "The Three-Cornered War," Megan Kate Nelson accomplishes the rare feat of providing a new perspective on the Civil War...

Published 6/24/2020

WOLZ: Grand Army Women (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Robert J. Wolz recalls the work of postwar northern women’s organizations in "Grand Army Women."

Published 6/17/2020

MINGUS & WINGERT: Targeted Tracks (2019)

By: Jason Tercha Category: Book Reviews

"Targeted Tracks" tells the Civil War story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad....

Published 6/15/2020

Extra Voices: Camp Sports

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A collection of quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the various sports they played in camp.

Published 6/12/2020

History’s "Grant" Considered

By: Brooks D. Simpson Category: Analysis

Ulysses S. Grant scholar Brooks D. Simpson reviews History Channel's recent series, "Grant."

Published 6/10/2020

RICHARDSON: How the South Won the Civil War (2020)

By: Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders Category: Book Reviews

Heather Cox Richardson's "How the South Won the War" advances the field of Civil War studies and Civil War memory beyond the history of commemoration....

Published 6/3/2020

BARNEY: Rebels in the Making (2020)

By: Melissa DeVelvis Category: Book Reviews

"Rebels in the Making" by William A. Barney is a recommended, in-depth primer to secession for academics and classrooms alike.

Published 5/29/2020

The Best Books About Ulysses S. Grant

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 Ulysses S. Grant. Here are the results...

Published 5/27/2020

HANNA: Abraham Among the Yankees (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

In September 1848, a virtually unknown, thirty-nine-year-old Illinois congressman named Abraham Lincoln lurched north on an urgent political errand.

Published 5/22/2020

The Rable Method—Time and Again

By: Glenn David Brasher and G. Ward Hubbs Category: Articles

Few scholars have produced as many groundbreaking works as Civil War historian George C. Rable. Since his retirement from teaching in 2016, a group of his former doctoral students have worked on a festschrift to honor

Published 5/20/2020

STEWART: Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies (2019)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

John Stewart did a yeoman job of searching the archives for "Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies."

Published 5/18/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 1

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

An appreciation of Shelby Foote, a master of historical storytelling.

Published 5/15/2020

The Five Best Books on Civil War Combat

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Articles

A roundup of the books that do the best job in capturing the nature of Civil War combat.

Published 5/13/2020

RYAN & SCHAUS: "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" (2019)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

Exhaustive research, keen analysis, and lively narrative marks "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" as a definitive contribution to the field.

Published 5/6/2020

CONNON: Iowa Confederates in the Civil War (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

David Connon's is an intimate and thought-provoking work which challenges notions of Northern hegemony...