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Published 12/13/2011

Voice From the Past: "There Was Death Only" The Battle of Fredericksburg

By: Terry Johnston Category: From the Archives

Today marks the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, a disastrous Union defeat that saw over 12,000 Federal soldiers killed or wounded. What follows is an account of the fight in the words of William Thompson Lusk, an officer in the 79th New York Infantry who observed the engagement from a safe distance and wrote about what he saw in a letter to his mother several days later:

Published 12/12/2011

Voice from the Past: A Christmas Bundle

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

Good Morning! Today's Voice from the Past is Julia Ellen LeGrand Waitz of New Orleans, Louisiana. The following excerpt is from a December 1861 diary entry.  

Published 12/8/2011

Voice from the Past: The Hardest Calamities to Bear

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Among the calamities of war, the hardest to bear, perhaps, is the separation of families and friends. Yet all must be endured to accomplish our independence and maintain our self-government. In my absence from you I have thought of you very often, and regretted I could do nothing for your comfort.  

Published 12/7/2011

THOMPSON (ed.): Tejanos in Gray

By: William L. Shea Category: Book Reviews

Historians consistently underestimate the ethnic diversity of the Confederacy. Regimental muster rolls from Texas, Louisiana, and other western states abound in German, Irish, French, and Spanish surnames. Until recently, these individuals and the groups they represent have remained largely under the radar...

Published 12/6/2011

Image of the Day: Hope That Thing Isn't Loaded!

By: Terry Johnston Category: From the Archives

A Union volunteer strikes a (potentially tragic?) pose with a group of comrades. We hope those guys were friends!

Published 12/5/2011

Voices from the Past - Christmasday!

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

Good morning! To celebrate the holidays, all of the quotables this month will reference Christmas 1861. Our first voice from the past is Raphael Semmes, who wrote the following statement in his diary on Christmas Day, 1861:

Published 12/1/2011

Voice from the Past: 1861

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

ARM'D year! year of the struggle! No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!

Published 11/30/2011

MCGINTY: The Body of John Merryman (2011)

By: Michael S. Green Category: Book Reviews

But the Supreme Court played a more significant role in the Civil War than many historians have acknowledged; a state of affairs that Brian McGinty has been trying to rectify. He has followed his study of Lincoln and the Court with this superb book that assesses the many angles of Ex Parte Merryman, perhaps the most important case that reached any member of that tribunal during the war...

Published 11/30/2011

URAL (ed.): Civil War Citizens (2010)

By: James J. Broomall Category: Book Reviews

Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America’s Bloodiest Conflict is the first effort to examine in one book the wartime experiences of Jewish, Irish, African, Native, and German Americans...

Published 11/29/2011

A Second Helping of Civil War Thanksgiving

By: Laura June Davis Category: Front Line Editor's Note

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, ate lots of turkey/tofurkey, and survived the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Since, we did not post our regular week in review last Friday, we thought we would give you a second helping of all the great Civil War Thanksgiving  inspired blog posts from last week. After all, the best part of Thanksgiving is going back for seconds!