Blogs

Published 3/20/2019

MACKOWSKI: The Great Battle Never Fought (2018)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

...a valuable companion to a visit along Mine Run.

Published 3/13/2019

WARD: The 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War (2018)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Those seeking a deeper understanding of the common soldier of the Army of the Potomac...will find Ward's regimental history...exceedingly beneficial.

Published 3/6/2019

RUBIN & MURPHY (eds.): The Perfect Scout (2018)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Provide[s] the Civil War community with a better understanding of the complexities and dangers faced by scouts, guides, couriers, and escorts throughout the conflict

Published 3/4/2019

Extra Voices: Avid Readers

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Spring 2019 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted first-person quotes about the quest for reading materials among Union and Confederate troops. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 2/27/2019

POWELL: The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave (2017)

By: Alexandre Caillot Category: Book Reviews

...offers much or those looking to master the narrative of the second costliest Civil War clash.

Published 2/20/2019

ARMISTEAD & ARCONTI: "An Arch Rebel Like Myself" (2018)

By: Evan Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Showalter's "was the name that became most associated in California with treason after the outbreak of the American Civil War."

Published 2/19/2019

Feeding the Troops

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

"An army marches on its stomach." Variations of this statement have been attributed to great historical leaders, including Frederick the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, over the last 150 years. The sentiment certainly held true during the Civil War, during which hundreds of thousands of hungry Union and Confederate soldiers required sustenance on any given day. Below are images that reflect the...

Published 2/18/2019

Announcing Emerging Scholars Program Speakers

By: Zethyn McKinley Category: News & Events

The Civil War Monitor is proud to sponsor The American Civil War Museum’s upcoming Emerging Scholars Program. As part of the museum’s grand opening events on May 4, a series of pop-up talks will highlight the work of the next generation of Civil War-era thinkers. Each talk will be short and informal and include time for questions.

Published 2/15/2019

A Menu of Historic Proportions

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

On March 6, 1865, two days after he delivered his second inaugural address to a massive crowd gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Abraham Lincoln hosted a "Presidential Inaugural Ball" in Washington, D.C. As evidenced by the event's "Bill of Fare," shown below, diners had quite a variety of options to choose from.

Published 2/13/2019

WYNSTRA: At The Forefront of Lee's Invasion (2018)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Destined to become a staple for anyone seeking a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the Gettysburg Campaign's opening weeks.

Published 2/6/2019

BARNARD (ed.): An Aide to Custer (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Singelyn and Barnard have produced a useful volume of letters that detail an officer's perspective about military life and Custer.

Published 1/30/2019

BLOUNT: Wilson's Raid (2018)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

Blount's dynamic prose moves with the celerity of Wilson's mounted columns.

Published 1/23/2019

SCHMIDT & BARKLEY: September Mourn (2018)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

The Dunker Church on the Antietam battlefield is one of the most iconic and distinctive buildings of the American Civil War.

Published 1/16/2019

BURLINGAME (ed.): Sixteenth President-in-Waiting (2018)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Villard's newspaper dispatches are a rich resource for students of the Secession Winter.

Published 1/9/2019

GOTTFRIED: The Maps of Fredericksburg (2018)

By: Zachery A. Fry Category: Book Reviews

A top-notch operational study that benefits from Gottfried's judicious insights and experience as a military historian.

Published 1/2/2019

TETERS: Practical Liberators (2018)

By: Clayton Butler Category: Book Reviews

Teters parses and explains well the complexity of how emancipation played out on the ground, making his book a valuable contribution to the literature.

Published 12/31/2018

New Year's Eve in Camp

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

On New Year's Eve 1862, 24-year-old William Thompson Lusk, a captain in the 79th New York Infantry—a regiment known as the "Highlanders" for its predominently Scottish-American makeup—penned the following letter to his sister Lillie at the family home in Connecticut. In his ambivalence about the year gone by and the one to come, Lusk was not unlike countless thousands of other Civil War...

Published 12/26/2018

SAUERS: The National Tribune Civil War Index (2018)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

...immediately takes its place on the short shelf of indispensable Civl War reference works.

Published 12/19/2018

WILLIAMS & KUTZLER (eds.): Prison Pens (2018)

By: Angela M. Riotto Category: Book Reviews

[R]eveals how two members of the Civil War generation struggled with imprisonment...including that which did not take place behind prison walls.

Published 12/17/2018

Emancipation on Stage

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Stereoscope

One weekend last October, my husband and I drove several hours to Portland, Maine, to see a play about lawyer and Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Butler. The stage was stacked with moving boxes, a rolled-up rug, several pieces of unhung artwork, and a large desk piled with papers. Brickwork archways soared overhead, bolstering the stage roof. Ben Butler, by playwright Richard Strand and staged...