Blogs

Published 4/4/2022

Braxton Bragg at McLemore’s Cove

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Articles

A case study in the negative impact of dysfunctional command relationships ...

Published 3/30/2022

KORNBLITH & LASSER: Elusive Utopia (2018)

By: Cassandra Jane Werking Category: Book Reviews

Gary J. Kornblith and Carol Lasser's "Elusive Utopia" merges social, gender, political, and economic history while foregrounding the voices of Black and white Oberlinians.

Published 3/29/2022

Voices From the Army of Northern Virginia, Part 3

By: Gary W. Gallagher Category: Articles

Several European journalists and military officers wrote about their experiences with the Army of Northern Virginia. Almost all of them, it is important to acknowledge, adopted a very favorable stance toward Robert E. Lee and his soldiers. The most quoted by far is Arthur James Lyon Fremantle,

Published 3/23/2022

GALLGHER & CUSHMAN (eds.): Civil War Witnesses and Their Books (2021)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Civil War Witnesses" collects eight, carefully crafted and extensively researched essays.

Published 3/21/2022

Extra Voices: Mother Bickerdyke

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Spring 2022 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by and about famous Civil War nurse Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that just missed the cut.

Published 3/16/2022

JANNEY: Ends of War (2021)

By: Shae Smith Cox Category: Book Reviews

In "Ends of War," Caroline Janney examines the uncertainties surrounding Confederate surrender.

Published 3/9/2022

BAGLEY: The Horse at Gettysburg (2021)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

Chris Bagley's "The Horse at Gettysburg" is a solid study by a licensed battlefield guide.

Published 3/2/2022

NOE: Contesting Commemoration (2021)

By: Meredith Barber Category: Book Reviews

Jack Noe's "Contesting Commemoration" explores the complex realities of post-war reunion.

Published 2/28/2022

The Five Best Books on Civil War Memory

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Articles

In his 1948 novel Intruder in the Dust, William Faulkner famously describes a Mississippi boy playing soldier—pretending to be the entire Rebel army, as it were—in the minutes preceding the disastrous Pickett-Pettigrew assault at the Battle of Gettysburg. For a fleeting moment, before James Longstreet has given the word and “it’s all still in the balance,” the boy reimagines the battle...

Published 2/23/2022

ROSSINO: Their Maryland (2021)

By: James J. Broomall Category: Book Reviews

Alexander B. Rossino's "Their Maryland" is a lively account that challenges prevailing orthodoxy.

Published 2/15/2022

FAIRCLOUGH: Bulldozed and Betrayed (2021)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Bulldozed and Betrayed," Adam Fairclough skillfully guides readers through numerous twists and turns, outsized personalities, and charges and counter-charges of fraud, conspiracy and skullduggery.

Published 2/9/2022

WHITE & DAVIS (eds.): My Work Among the Freedmen (2021)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"My Work Among the Freedmen" is simply worth reading to meet Harriet Buss and her students.

Published 2/2/2022

LIULEVICIUS: Rebel Salvation (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Kathleen Liuleviciu's "Rebel Salvation" is an important contribution to our understanding of the contested notions of peace that developed across the South in the wake of the Civil War.

Published 1/26/2022

WHITE & GLENN (eds.): Untouched by the Conflict (2019)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Untouched By the Conflict" supplies a welcome peak into a still mostly hidden world.

Published 1/19/2022

GRASSO: Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy (2021)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Christopher Grasso's "Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy" is a dazzling piece of historical detective work.

Published 1/18/2022

Essential Reading on the Peninsula Campaign

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Articles

In the spring and early summer of 1862, Union general George B. McClellan’s attempt to capture the Confederate capital by advancing up the Virginia Peninsula involved the largest amphibious operation of the war, saw perhaps Robert E. Lee’s best chance to destroy the Army of the Potomac, and included frontal assaults that dwarfed the size of Pickett’s Charge. Its results led to President ...

Published 1/14/2022

The Emancipation Proclamation

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation—which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free"—went into effect. Drafted the previous summer, and announced shortly after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, the proclamation—an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln—changed the legal status of enslaved people...

Published 1/13/2022

Word-clouding the Emancipation Proclamation

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation—which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free"—went into effect. Below are the words Lincoln used in his declaration. The more frequently he used a word, the larger it appears.

Published 1/12/2022

GALLMAN: The Cacophony of Politics (2021)

By: Daniel W. Crofts Category: American Iliad

J. Matthew Gallman's "The Cacophony of Politics" reports that most Northern Democrats were not traitorous Copperheads.

Published 1/5/2022

FOOTE: Rites of Retaliation (2021)

By: Burrus M. Carnahan Category: Book Reviews

"Rites of Retaliation" by Lorien Foote is an excellent study, written in a clear and graceful style.