Behind the Lines

  • What are the biggest myths surrounding the battle of Cold Harbor?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/29/2016 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    We talk with Mike Gorman, an historian and park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park about the many myths surrounding Cold Harbor. Did 3,000 men really die in one hour? Was Grant really a butcher? Learn more about Mike's work and RNBP at the following sites: http://mdgorman.com/ http://www.nps.gov/rich/index.htm

  • What role did creative marketing play in financing the Civil War?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/13/2015 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Wars are expensive, and the Civil War was certainly no exception! We talk with PhD Candidate, Dave Thomson, about how new marketing strategies for bonds helped finance the Civil War.

  • Why was the Civil War in the West important?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/2/2015 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Why should we be talking more about the Civil War in the West? What "west" are we talking about when we talk about "The West?" Find out in our *Behind the Lines* interview with Megan Kate Nelson. To learn more about Megan and her work, check out her blog, Historista, at http://www.megankatenelson.com/

  • What type of combat did most Civil War soldiers face?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/16/2015 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Were soldiers more likely to experience gigantic battles like Gettysburg or was the Civil War experience typically smaller in scale? Scott Nesbit and Andrew Fialka, both of the University of Georgia, discuss their project "Civil War GIS," which is a digital project that maps every engagement of the Civil War. Nesbit and Fialka use the data they've collected from the mapping to discuss the combat...

  • How did Civil War women deal with the loss of their husbands?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/2/2015 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Angela Elder discusses how widows dealt with the loss of their husbands during and after the Civil War.

  • Would there have been a debate over the Confederate flag 100 years ago?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/18/2015 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Our conversation with Dr. Karen Cox, Professor of History at UNC-Charlotte, about whether or not there would have been a debate over the Confederate flag 100 years ago. To learn more about Dr. Cox and her work, check out her blog, PopSouth: southinpopculture.com.

  • An Interview with Brian Matthew JordanRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 7/10/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Brian Matthew Jordan, a Lecturer at Gettysburg College and recent author of "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War," published by W.W. Norton. In this interview, Dr. Jordan discusses the experience of Union veterans as they navigated a post war society. In doing so, these veterans attempted to confront a war that did not see as finished and a northern...

  • An Interview with Lisa Tendrich Frank Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/19/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Lisa Tendrich Frank, historian and recent author of "The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman's March," now out with Louisiana State University Press. In this interview, Dr. Frank describes expectations on the part of Confederate white women in the lead up to the march, as well as Federal soldiers and their expectations. Finally, Dr. Frank deals...

  • An Interview with Brian Craig Miller (2015)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/17/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our Conversation with Brian Craig Miller, an Associate Professor of history at Emporia State University and recent author of "Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South," now out with the University of Georgia Press. In this conversation Dr. Miller tries to tackle and debunk some of the myths surrounding Civil War amputation. In addition, he also speaks to the lives of those forever altered...

  • Am Interview with Richard FoxRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 2/20/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Richard Fox, Professor of history at the University of Southern California and recent author of "Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History," now out with W.W. Norton. In this interview, Dr. Fox discusses the political power of Lincoln's body during his presidency, the significance of Lincoln's funeral train, and the power of the "enshrined body" and the "national body" in the 150...

About This Blog

Behind the Lines, the Monitor’s video interview series, features conversations with prominent members of the American Civil War community. 

For more information, including queries about upcoming guests, contact the host of BTL:

Katie Brackett Fialka
katie@civilwarmonitor.com


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