The Front Line

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

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.

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