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Published 11/24/2011

Voice from the Past - Thankfully Keeping Thanksgiving Day

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Our Thanksgiving tribute continues. Today's "Voice from the Past" is Wilder Dwight of the Second Massachusettes Infantry Volunteers...

Published 11/23/2011

Voice from the Past - "Fleshing our teeth in a secesh gobbler..."

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Good Morning! We continue our week long Civil War Thanksgiving celebration with an excerpt from William Wheeler's November 11, 1861 letter to his mother...

Published 11/23/2011

HARROLD: Border War (2010)

By: Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz Category: Book Reviews

In this well-researched and convincing work, distinguished historian Stanley Harrold departs from a traditional North-versus-South tale of sectional breakdown in the decades leading to the Civil War. Instead, he presents a narrative focused on violence and ideological clash in the borderlands...

Published 11/22/2011

Voice from the Past - A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

While Americans had celebrated Thanksgiving since 1621, it was not until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the following Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. Only then, did the holiday became a national annual event, occurring on the last Thursday of November. The first observance of the Thanksgiving holiday occurred one week after the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg....

Published 11/22/2011

Voice from the Past - Thanksgiving Sensations

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Happy Thanksgiving! The following account of an 1861 Thanksgiving dinner amongst the Union army comes from a letter written by Wilder Dwight of the 2nd Massachusettes Infantry.

Published 11/21/2011

Voice from the Past - The Customs of Our Puritan Fathers

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

Good morning! To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, The Front Line will be posting different "Voices from the Past" about Civil War soldiers' Thanksgiving experiences. Our first quote comes from the 1861 diary of David L. Day, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Published 11/17/2011

Voice from the Past - "Am afloat, adrift"

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

"Am afloat, adrift, abroad, motion uneasy, “Inner man” “stomach” becoming so. I think I’ll try full-length. A cotton-bale & the open air on the for’ard deck. “Very grand.” The sea—if one could only see it and not sea-sickness. Very charming, too a sailor’s life, and so they say is hanging when one gets used to it. “Aye there’s the rub.” I wish I could lay my hands on a...

Published 11/16/2011

MORSMAN: The Big House After Slavery (2010)

By: Felicity Turner Category: Book Reviews

Amy Feely Morsman’s The Big House After Slavery examines changing gender relations amongst married elites in postemancipation Virginia. Drawing from family papers, diaries, newspapers, and periodicals, Morsman argues that the dire economic straits of former slaveholding elites during Reconstruction prompted an important transition in the gender dynamics of planter households...

Published 11/15/2011

"Soldiers of Fortune, Make Us Your Game!"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

William Howard Russell was a “special correspondent” for the London Times, who travelled the North and South during the early years of the war. The exerpted quote describes a luncheon hosted by Confederate First Lady Varina Davis. While indicative of Russell's pro-Confederate views, it does call into question the scope of secession.

Published 11/15/2011

A Civil War Cattle Drive

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Beef for the Union Army Cross the Long Bridge at Washington.

Published 11/14/2011

Voices from the Past - The Integrity of the Union

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

"You will please constantly to bear in mind the precise issue for which we are fighting; that issue is the preservation of the Union and the restoration of the full authority of the general government over all portions of our territory..."

Published 11/11/2011

Honoring our Veterans...Then & Now

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

The Civil War Monitor editors would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of the veterans and active duty personnel of our armed services. We salute you! To remember the Civil War veterans of yesteryear...

Published 11/10/2011

Happy Birthday Marines!

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

To celebrate the 236th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, we found this image of Civil War marines. 

Published 11/10/2011

Who Will Be Worthy of Memorialization?

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

The following cartoon is from the 9 November 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly...

Published 11/9/2011

COFFMAN: Going Back the Way They Came (2011) & MARTIN: I Will Give Them One More Shot (2011)

By: James I. Robertson, Jr. Category: The Bookshelf

It was in the 1950s when historian Bruce Catton first called attention to the value of Civil War regimental studies. These personal collections of experiences and quotations by the men in the ranks became a fascinating base for Catton’s award-winning, three-volume chronicle of the Union’s Army of the Potomac. That research breakthrough led to a veritable renaissance in the publication of unit...

Published 11/8/2011

A Regiment of Inventors

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Analysis

Ingenuity was wielded as a weapon during the American Civil War, with inventors plying their trade in the “arts of death,” as Shaw put it. One newspaper, noting that the “inventive faculty of the country is in the Northern States,” put out a colorful call:

Published 11/7/2011

Voices from the Past: "Sagacious Military Conjecture"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Wilder Dwight was a Lieutenant Colonel inthe 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Prior to dying September 19, 1862 from wounds at the Battle of Antietam, Dwight wrote some conjectures about the events at the Battle of Port Royal.

Published 11/7/2011

The Confederate Perspective: "Port Royal...has been taken by the enemy's fleet"

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

— From the 9 November 1861 entry of John Beauchamp Jones Diary—

Published 11/7/2011

Voices from the Past: "The Glorious News from Port Royal"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

After the Union victory at Port Royal, Major General George Brinton McClellan wrote the following letter to his wife, Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan.

Published 11/7/2011

Voices from the Past: "A Slow Affair"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

William Thompson Lusk (May 23, 1838 – June 12, 1897) was an American obstetrician, who left medical school to join the Union Army. Lusk participated in the Battle of Port Royal and wrote about his experiences. Unusually, Lusk did not vilify the Southern soldiers he encountered; he seemed to regard the Southerners highly, often criticizing the "Yankee hordes" who invaded the Southerners' ...