Behind the Lines

Our interview series featuring conversations with prominent members of the American Civil War community

Published 9/18/2015

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

By: Katie Brackett Fialka Category: Behind the Lines

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.

Published 7/10/2015

An Interview with Brian Matthew Jordan

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 6/19/2015

An Interview with Lisa Tendrich Frank

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 4/17/2015

An Interview with Brian Craig Miller (2015)

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 2/20/2015

Am Interview with Richard Fox

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 2/13/2015

An Interview with Martha Hodes

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our conversation with Martha Hodes, a Professor of history at New York University, and recent author of "Mourning Lincoln," now out with Yale University Press. In this interview, Dr. Hodes details the inspiration behind tackling this topic of personal responses to Lincoln's assassination. In addition, she also addresses the vast amount of sources present on the topic and the struggles and benefits...

Published 1/23/2015

An Interview with Peter Carmichael (2015)

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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:/...

Published 1/16/2015

An Interview with Barton Myers

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 1/9/2015

An Interview with Don Doyle

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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 ...

Published 12/19/2014

An Interview with James Still

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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 ...