Spring 2018 Civil War Monitor cover

Spring 2018

Vol. 8, No. 1

Pickett's Charge
Ulysses S. Grant


Grant’s Cruel Summer
In June and July 1864, the Union’s top soldier tried to defeat Robert E. Lee and capture Petersburg, Virginia. It didn’t go so well.
By A. Wilson Greene

Relics of War
A sampling of battlefield souvenirs taken by Union and Confederate soldiers

The Perils of Peace
For the white and black residents of Staunton, Virginia, life in the first year after the end of the Civil War was transformative—and unsettled.
By Edward L. Ayers


Editorial: An Inauspicious Start

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Travels: The Best Civil War Battlefield Parks
Voices: Tobacco
Inquiry: Anatomy of a Civil War Buff
Figures: Pickett’s Charge
Preservation: A Preserved Harpers Ferry Tract Has Much to Tell
Cost of War: A Rains Barrel Torpedo
In Focus: The Chancellors of Chancellorsville


American Iliad: Beyond the White Man’s Iliad, by Mark Grimsley

Stereoscope: The West’s Missing War, by Megan Kate Nelson

Books & Authors:

The Best Civil War Books of All Time

With Matthew C. Hulbert, James Marten, and Amy Murrell Taylor

Parting Shot: A Talented Texan