Behind the Lines

  • An Interview with Peter Carmichael (2015)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/23/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Peter Carmichael, the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. In this interview, Dr. Carmichael touches on some of the events and speakers at this year's 2015 Civil War Institute in June. In addition, he also addresses some of the recent controversy over the state of Civil War military history. To read more on the Gettysburg Compiler, visit http:/...

  • An Interview with Barton MyersRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/16/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Dr. Barton Myers, an Assistant Professor of history at Washington and Lee University and the author of "Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina's Unionists." In this interview, Dr. Myers discusses the reasoning behind his selection of North Carolina for the study, the promises and perils of source material when examining Unionists in the South, and irregular violence...

  • An Interview with Don DoyleRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/9/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Don Doyle, the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the recent author of "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War," published by Basic Books. In this interview, Dr. Doyle discusses the power of "public diplomacy" in Europe and Latin America during the American Civil War and the power wielded by Giuseppe ...

  • An Interview with James StillRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/19/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with James Still, a playwright whose most recent play "The Widow Lincoln" will debut at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. The play runs from January 23 to February 22, 2015. In this interview, James details how he settled on writing a play focusing on Mary Todd Lincoln, the great privilege it is to have actress Mary Bacon in the leading role, and the power that the venue Ford's ...

  • An Interview with Anne Sarah Rubin (2014)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/12/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Anne Sarah Rubin, an Associate Professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and recent author of "Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory," published by UNC Press. In this interview, Dr. Rubin offers some insight into how her work deviates from prior studies of Sherman's March through the power of storytelling. Additionally, Dr....

  • An Interview with Lesley GordonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/5/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Lesley Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Akron and author of "A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War," published by LSU Press. In this interview, Dr. Gordon reveals where her interest in the 16th Connecticut stems from, her hopes for new regimental histories, and a brief overview of the 16th's performance during the course of the war itself...

  • An Interview with Stephen CushmanRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/21/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Stephen Cushman, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia and recent author of "Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War," published by UNC Press. In this interview Dr. Cushman discusses the five writers (Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William T. Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua ...

  • An Interview with Glenn LaFantasieRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/14/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Glenn LaFantasie, the Robert Frockt Family Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. In this interview, we discuss Dr. LaFantasie's most recent article entitled "Broken Promise" that appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Dr. LaFantasie discusses the comparisons that were frequently drawn between Robert E. Lee and George Washington and how Lee...

  • An Interview with William BlairRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/7/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with William Blair, the Liberal Arts Research Professor in U.S. History at Pennsylvania State University and author of "With Malice Towards Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Dr. Blair highlights the power of the word "treason" in the late antebellum period and how it carried over into the Civil ...

  • An Interview with Jonathan WhiteRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/7/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Jonathan White, an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and author of "Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln," published by LSU Press. In this interview, Dr. White discusses the misconceptions behind the soldier vote in the presidential election of 1864 and the importance of examining voter turnout in...

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:

David Thomson
david@civilwarmonitor.com


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