Winter 2021 Civil War Monitor cover

Winter 2021

Vol. 11, No. 4

Civil War amputation
Lincoln assassinators' execution
Union general Jefferson C. Davis
Letters to Abraham Lincoln


The Villain of Sherman’s March
In 1862, Jefferson C. Davis killed a fellow Union general. Two years later, his deadly actions toward refugees made him even more infamous.
By Bennett Parten

A Confederate Concession
How the Confederate government came to officially recognize freeborn black Union soldiers and sailors as legitimate combatants
By Lorien Foote

Dear Mr. President
African Americans used their history, delivered in letters and White House visits, to press Abraham Lincoln for rights and opportunities.
By Jonathan W. White


Editorial: Toward a Broader Understanding

Salvo: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest

Voices: War’s Grisly Toll
Preservation: Building Momentum Near Richmond
Faces of War: Footsore and Fighting at Antietam
Figures: Amputation
Cost of War: A Photo of “The Gallant Pelham”
In Focus: Aftermath of a Hanging


Fighting Words: Seeing the Elephant, by Tracy L. Barnett

Crossroads: Benjamin F. Butler and Military Emancipation, by Andrew S. Bledsoe

Books & Authors:

The Best Civil War Books of 2021
With Brian Matthew Jordan, Jennifer M. Murray, Kathryn J. Shively, Gerald J. Prokopowicz,
and Kevin M. Levin

Parting Shot: The Boys of Summer