Blogs

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.

Published 1/15/2020

KUTZLER: Living By Inches (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Evan Kutzler's "Living By Inches" shows that Robert Penn Warren was right; the Civil War is our 'felt' history.

Published 1/11/2020

Badge Quest

By: Jenny Johnston Category: Living History

One man's journey to become a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg.

Published 1/8/2020

HOLLOWAY & WHITE: 'Our Little Monitor' (2018)

By: Dwight Hughes Category: Book Reviews

Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White's "Our Little Monitor" offers cutting-edge maritime archaeology and thorough historical research....

Published 1/1/2020

SCHAFF: Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy (2019)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

As Jon D. Schaff's "Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy" shows, there is no discernible slowdown in the publication of books on the sixteenth president.

Published 12/30/2019

The Best Civil War Books of 2019

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

With the help of a handful of Civil War historians and enthusiasts, here is our list of the best Civil War books of 2019.

Published 12/25/2019

THIBODEAU: Bicycling Gettysburg (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Sue Thibodeau's "Bicycling Gettysburg" encourages sightseers to temporarily ditch modern means of viewing the field in favor of traversing the south-central Pennsylvania countryside on a bike.

Published 12/20/2019

Extra Dossier: William T. Sherman

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

A panel of historians weighs in on the best qualities of William T. Sherman.

Published 12/20/2019

The March to the Sea

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

A look at Sherman's March to the Sea through images...