Fall 2018 Civil War Monitor cover

Fall 2018

Vol. 8, No. 3

Sharpsburg, Maryland
USS Monitor


Building the Perfect Army
What if you could create the ideal Civil War fighting force? Five top historians take their shot.
With Lorien Foote, Brian Matthew Jordan, Jennifer Murray, Ethan S. Rafuse, and Brooks D. Simpson

“Death Comes to Us by Many a Way”
A look at the fatal dangers that Civil War soldiers, sailors, and civilians faced away from the battlefield.
By Brian Steel Wills

Mr. Lincoln and the Monitor
The Union’s famed ironclad warship had a fan in the country’s president, who paid the vessel an eventful visit in the spring of 1862.
By Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White


Editorial: Picking Favorites

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Travels: A Visit to Sharpsburg
Voices: Slurs and Slights
Faces of War: The Virtuous Knight of the Orphan Brigade
Primer: A U.S. Army Surgical Kit
Preservation: Three Batteries and a Trio of Opportunities
Cost of War: A Confederate Cipher Disk
In Focus: The Sable Arm in Kentucky


American Iliad: Jackson the Magician, by Mark Grimsley

Stereoscope: Varinaby Megan Kate Nelson

Books & Authors:

The B&A Q&A
With William W. Freehling

The B&A Q&A
With Dan Abrams

Parting Shot: A POW’s Thoughtful Gift