The Front Line

Our communal blog featuring the latest in Civil War news, research, analysis, and events from a network of historians

Published 3/13/2020

Extra Voices: Payday

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of our Spring 2020 issue we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the excitement that often accompanied payday in camp. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

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 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 1/21/2020

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 1/11/2020

Badge Quest

By: Jenny Johnston Category: Living History

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

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 12/20/2019

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 12/14/2019

Eyewitness to the Battle of Fredericksburg

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

A first-person account of the bloody Union defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg...

Published 12/3/2019

Extra Voices: Gambling

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

Some first-person quotes about the pervasiveness of gambling in camp by Union and Confederate troops.

Published 11/16/2019

Word-clouding the Gettysburg Address

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A different look at the words Abraham Lincoln used in his iconic Gettysburg Address.