The Front Line

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

Published 9/21/2020

The Five Best Books on the African-American Civil War Experience

By: Holly A. Pinheiro Jr. Category: Articles

A roundup of books that do the best job in capturing the African-American Civil War experience.

Published 9/18/2020

Interview: Historical Tours in the Time of COVID-19

By: Richard Blackmon Category: Interviews

We asked Richard Blackmon, director of Historic America Tours, a few questions about the challenges of conducting historical tours in the time of Covid-19...

Published 9/7/2020

Agenda: September 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in September? Here are some good options... 

Published 9/4/2020

A Man of Sorrows

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Understanding the origin and significance of Abraham Lincoln's melancholy.

Published 8/25/2020

Extra Voices: Thirst

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Fall 2020 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the extreme thirst they suffered with while on campaign. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 8/6/2020

Agenda: August 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: News & Events

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in August? Here is a list of some very good options...

Published 7/30/2020

The Best Books About Robert E. Lee

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

We recently asked a number of top Civil War historians to let us know their favorite books about Robert E. Lee. Here are the results...

Published 7/30/2020

Eyewitness to the Crater

By: William J. Pegram Category: In the First Person

A first-hand account of the Battle of the Crater by Confederate officer William Pegram ...

Published 7/10/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 2

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

Part 2 of Mark Grimsley's examination of the Civil War's "Greatest Bards" concludes with a look at Bruce Catton.

Published 7/2/2020

Agenda: July 2020 Events

By: Zethyn McKinley, The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in July? Here is a list of some very good options...