Behind the Lines

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

Published 12/12/2014

An Interview with Anne Sarah Rubin (2014)

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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....

Published 12/5/2014

An Interview with Lesley Gordon

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 11/21/2014

An Interview with Stephen Cushman

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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 ...

Published 11/14/2014

An Interview with Glenn LaFantasie

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 11/7/2014

An Interview with William Blair

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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 ...

Published 11/7/2014

An Interview with Jonathan White

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 10/31/2014

An Interview with Harold Holzer (2014)

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our conversation with Harold Holzer, the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. In this interview, Holzer discusses his new book, "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion" now out with Simon & Schuster. Holzer discusses Lincoln's antebellum experience with the...

Published 10/27/2014

An Interview with James Broomall

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our conversation with James Broomall, an assistant professor of history at the University of North Florida. In this interview, we discuss Broomall's latest work, a journal article entitled "We are a Band of Brothers: Manhood and Community in Confederate Camps and Beyond," published in the September issue of 'Civil War History.' Broomall discusses the power of Confederate camps when it came to...

Published 10/3/2014

An Interview with Craig Warren

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our conversation with Craig Warren, an Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University at Erie, the Behrend College. In this interview, Warren discusses his recent article entitled "Rebel Yell" that appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Warren helps illuminate the origins of the yell in the antebellum South, its wartime applications, and what role the yell held...

Published 9/26/2014

An Interview with Graham Dozier

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our conversation with Graham Dozier, the Managing Editor of Publications at the Virginia Historical Society and recent editor of "A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter" now out with UNC Press. In this interview, Dozier introduces us to Thomas Carter providing a synopsis of his entire life with a special emphasis placed on Carter's military service as an artillerist...