The Front Line

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

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.

Published 11/15/2019

The March to the Sea Begins

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: In the First Person

A look at William T. Sherman's Special Field Orders 120, which set the tone for the March to the Sea ...

Published 10/21/2019

Grant's War Horse: Cincinnati

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A look at Cincinnati, Ulysses S. Grant's favorite war horse

Published 10/14/2019

Lee's War Horse: Traveller

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A look at Traveller, Robert E. Lee's famed war horse

Published 9/23/2019

A Triple Bereavement at Cairo

By: Mary Livermore Category: In the First Person

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Mary Livermore, a 40-year-old native of Boston, volunteered to work for the United States Sanitary Commission in hopes of being of assistance to the Union war effort. She soon became an agent at the organization's Chicago branch (where she would eventually be promoted to co-director), in which capacity she organized a variety of aid socities and...

Published 9/20/2019

Rock of Chickamauga

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

A look at the legacy of Union general George H. Thomas, the "Rock of Chickamauga"

Published 8/25/2019

Extra Voices: Clara Barton—The Angel of the Battlefield

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Fall 2019 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by and about nurse Clara Barton, known as the "Angel of the Battlefield." Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 8/14/2019

Mutiny in the Army

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

On August 14, 1861, the sense of anger and disgruntlement that had been building among the men of the largely Scottish-American 79th New York Infantry "Highlanders" boiled over. The rank and file of the regiment, which had suffered one of the highest number of casualties among Union units engaged in the recent Battle of Bull Run (including the death of their colonel, James Cameron, brother to the...