The Front Line

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

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...

Published 6/15/2020

Extra Voices: Camp Sports

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A collection of quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the various sports they played in camp.

Published 6/12/2020

History’s "Grant" Considered

By: Brooks D. Simpson Category: Analysis

Ulysses S. Grant scholar Brooks D. Simpson reviews History Channel's recent series, "Grant."

Published 5/29/2020

The Best Books About Ulysses S. Grant

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 Ulysses S. Grant. Here are the results...

Published 5/22/2020

The Rable Method—Time and Again

By: Glenn David Brasher and G. Ward Hubbs Category: Articles

Few scholars have produced as many groundbreaking works as Civil War historian George C. Rable. Since his retirement from teaching in 2016, a group of his former doctoral students have worked on a festschrift to honor

Published 5/18/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 1

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

An appreciation of Shelby Foote, a master of historical storytelling.