Spring 2017 Civil War Monitor cover

Spring 2017

Vol. 7, No. 1

The Best Civil War Museums
Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon
John Minor Botts


The Scourge of the Confederacy
The Story of John Minor Botts, Virginia’s most outspoken Unionist
By John J. Hennessy

Eyewitness to Gettysburg
Artist Edwin Forbes’ watercolors of the Battle of Gettysburg, which he based on the sketches he made during the fighting, present the war’s bloodiest engagement in vivid detail.

A Brothers’ War
The wartime diaries of Thomas and Summerfield Petty, siblings from Virginia who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War, testify to a family divided by the conflict.
By John M. Coski


Editorial: Meet The Bison

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Travels: The Best Civil War Museums
Voices: Raw Recruits
Faces of War: Elizabeth’s Father
Preservation: Good News for Petersburg Battlefield
Figures: The Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon
Cost of War: Colonel Paul Joseph Revere’s Sword
In Focus: “He has lost his left arm but I my right”


American Iliad: The Forgotten Bard, by Mark Grimsley

Living History: Bringing Battles to Life, by Jenny Johnston

Books & Authors:

The B&A Q&A
With Beverly Louise Brown

The Books That Built Me
By Matthew C. Hulbert

Parting Shot: The President in Petticoats