Winter 2012 Civil War Monitor cover

Winter 2012

Vol. 2, No. 4

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Manning Ferguson Force
the Washington Arsenal fire of June 17, 1864


The Gentleman General
How Harvard-educated lawyer turned soldier Manning Ferguson Force helped save the day for the Union army in the battle for Atlanta.
By Glenn W. LaFantasie

Dixie Boys
Tens of thousands of Mississippians fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, earning themselves a reputation for unrivaled bravery and tenacity by conflict’s end.
By Jeff T. Giambrone

A Succession of Horrors
A step-by-step account of the horrific explosion that rocked the U.S. Arsenal in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 1864.
By Brian Dirck

The Origins of Freedom
While many give Antietam the credit, it was the Union’s failed campaign on the Virginia Peninsula during the spring and summer of 1862 that helped convince many in the North—chief among them Abraham Lincoln—that slavery must be abolished.
By Glenn David Brasher


Editorial: Eager Hearts

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Travels: A Visit to Chattanooga
Voices: Fiasco at Fredericksburg
Primer: The Drums of War
Preservation: Miracle at Franklin
Disunion: Killing Time
In Focus: Smoketown’s Saviors
Conversation: Actor Cooper Huckabee

Casualties of War: Andrew J. McConnell

Battlefield Echoes: Deception on the Peninsula

Books & Authors:

The Best Civil War Books of 2012

Musings of a Civil War Bibliophile: Confederate Diaries, Priceless but Terse
By Robert K. Krick

Parting Shot: Freedom at Last