Behind the Lines

  • An Interview with Rachel SheldenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/24/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Rachel Shelden, an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College and State University and author of "Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Shelden touches on the late antebellum political network that existed in Washington and how its insular nature contributed...

  • An Interview with Diane SommervilleRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Diane Sommerville, an associate professor of history at Binghamton University, and author of a recent article entitled "'A Burden Too Heavy to Bear' : War Trauma, Suicide, and Confederate Soldiers" in the December 2013 issue of Civil War History. In this article (part of a special issue dedicated to the Trauma of War) Sommerville discusses the role of suicide in the ...

  • An Interview with Matt DellingerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Matt Dellinger, a writer and author of a piece entitled "Why I Fight" in the Civil War Monitor's Fall 2013 issue. In this interview, Dellinger touches on what drew him to the world of reenacting, the unique nature of the Brooklyn 14th and Progressive reenacting, and his future project on Brooklyn during the Civil War. For those who may be interested in learning more about...

  • An Interview with Harold HolzerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/15/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Harold Holzer, esteemed Lincoln scholar and the Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. In this interview, Holzer details his thoughts on the meaning of the Gettysburg Address 150 years on as well as his assessment of sesquicentennial commemorations throughout the country. Finally, Holzer details his latest project "The Civil War in 50 Objects" in association...

  • An Interview with David GleesonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/31/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with David Gleeson, a Reader in American History at Northumbria University and author of "The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America," now out with the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Dr. Gleeson touches on the reluctant embrace of secession by Irish Confederates who ultimately go on to serve with distinction in the Confederate ...

  • An Interview with Kathryn Shively MeierRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/28/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Kathryn Shively Meier, an assistant professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of "Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia," published by the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Dr. Meier touches on the antebellum medical situation and how this impacts initial thoughts of Civil War soldiers in 1862 ...

  • An Interview with Elizabeth VaronRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/18/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Elizabeth Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia and author of "Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War" published by Oxford University Press. In the interview, Dr. Varon touches on the deeper contested meaning of the iconic surrender at Appomattox Court House. She explains how such feelings...

  • An Interview with Ben Wright and Zach DresserRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/20/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Ben Wright and Zach Dresser, editors of "Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era," forthcoming from LSU Press. In the interview, Wright and Dresser discuss the origins of the ideas that led to the initial conference at Rice University and how it morphed into an edited collection. They also share their insight on millennialist thought in the Civil War Era. ...

  • An Interview with Margaret HumphreysRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/13/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Margaret Humphreys, the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University and author of "Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War" published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In the interview, Dr. Humphreys discusses the crises faced in both the North and South at the outbreak of the war as they tried to grapple with medical...

  • An Interview with Cate WyattRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Cate Wyatt, President of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. In the interview, Wyatt discusses the extensive work of the partnership over a 180 mile stretch from Gettysburg to Monticello. Included are Wyatt's thoughts on the Journey's extensive educational outreach programs including summer sessions. Finally, Wyatt touches on the Partnership's efforts to...

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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