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
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