Spring 2013

Vol. 3, No. 1

Stephen Spielberg's movie Lincoln
CSS Alabama
Ulysses S. Grant
black Confederate soldiers


Lincoln Considered
Steven Spielberg’s movie has been deemed an instant classic, but how does it stand up as a piece of history? We’ve enlisted top Civil War scholars—experts on the real-life people behind the characters—to give their opinions.
By Gerald J. Prokopowicz, James Oakes, Matthew Pinsker, Jason Emerson, and Peter H. Wood

13 Minutes
The brief clash between CSS Alabama and USS Hatteras was over in minutes. But the “sharp fight” off the coast of Galveston, Texas, in January 1863 changed the course of the war in the Gulf of Mexico.
By Andrew W. Hall and Edward T. Cotham Jr.

Enemies Front & Rear: Grant & the Campaign for Vicksburg
As he carried out his campaign to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, Major General Ulysses S. Grant faced two kinds of foes: the Confederates who defended the strategically vital city, and the disloyal generals, skeptical civil superiors, and critical press who scrutinized his every move.
By Brooks D. Simpson

Confederate Like Me
Rebels who brought their slaves to war assumed a shared loyalty to the Confederate cause. Reality was much more complex.
By Kevin M. Levin


Editorial: Lincoln: Hollywood vs. History

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Travels: A Visit to Vicksburg
Voices: Green Day
Figures: Sizing Up Billy Yank
Preservation: Blue, Gray, and Green
Disunion: Boxers, Briefs, and Battles
In Focus: Fredericksburg’s Curious Confederates

Casualties of War: Monroe Bogan

Battlefield Echoes: MOPs, MOEs, and Chancellorsville

Books & Authors:

Civil War Novels: Six Examples of a Thriving Genre
              By Craig A. Warren
Celebrating Chancellorsville: 150 Years of Study and Scrutiny
               By Robert K. Krick

Parting Shot: Prized Possession