Blogs

Published 9/20/2017

FOUGHT: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (2017)

By: Jonathan Lande Category: Book Reviews

...essential reading for those seeking to better know Douglass.

Published 9/15/2017

The Search for Orville Wheelock

By: Julia Wheelock Category: In the First Person

One hundred fifty years ago this month, 28-year-old Michigan resident Julia Wheelcock learned that her brother, Orville, a soldier in the 8th Michigan Infantry, had been wounded at the September 1, 1862, Battle of Chantilly. She and Orville’s wife, Anna, along with Anna’s sister, Mrs. Peck, determined to travel to Virginia to look for him in the hospitals of Alexandria. The following is an...

Published 9/13/2017

WALDSTREICHER & MASON: John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas H. Cox Category: Book Reviews

...this collection of primary sources provides important insight into John Quincy Adams's views on the most divisive issue of his generation.

Published 9/8/2017

Robert E. Lee, Confederate Memorials, and the Burden of the Past

By: Glenn W. LaFantasie Category: Commentary

On August 13, a statue of Robert E. Lee took center stage in the struggle over the meaning and legacy of the Civil War. That day a "Unite the Right" rally of self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, anti-Semites, and neo-Confederates protested the city’s decision to remove an equestrian statue of Lee from a public park. The rally erupted in violence, killing one...

Published 9/6/2017

PITTMAN: Rebels in the Rockies (2014)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...illustrates irregular activity in a region that has long been understudied in the scholarly literature.

Published 8/30/2017

MEZUREK: For Their Own Cause (2016)

By: Jacob Glover Category: Book Reviews

...a well-written, engaging treatment of the 27th USCT that does far more than most regimental histories.

Published 8/30/2017

EGERTON: Thunder at the Gates (2016)

By: Kelly D. Mezurek Category: Book Reviews

....a valuable contribution to the study of black Civil War regiments.

Published 8/25/2017

Stereoscope: The Civil War as a Home Invasion

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Articles

The Beguiled may not seem, at first, to be a Civil War film. The movie, which is a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood feature (which was itself based on the novel A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan, published in 1966), begins with a panning shot of treetops and the sound of birdsong and buzzing insects. As the camera comes to the ground, it follows a young girl named Amy (Oona Laurence), humming to...

Published 8/23/2017

EMBERTON & BAKER (eds.): Remembering Reconstruction (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

Reconstruction was much, much more than the political restoration of the ex-Confederacy to the Union; rather, it involved fundamental issues of race, citizenship, colonialism, and American identity.

Published 8/16/2017

FRAZIER: Blood on the Bayou (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

By placing the Vicksburg and Port Hudson campaigns into a broader context, Frazier offers something for both military and social historians.

Published 8/16/2017

BETIT: War's Cost (2016)

By: Reagan Lyons Category: Book Reviews

A slender but useful study of a Shenandoah Valley family at war...

Published 8/11/2017

A Bad Day on the March

By: Alfred Lewis Castleman Category: In the First Person

After it was thwarted in its attempt to capture Richmond during the Peninsula Campaign in the summer of 1862, the Army of the Potomac retreated southeast. Along the way, Alfred Lewis Castleman, a surgeon in the 5th Wisconsin Infantry, kept a detailed diary—a chronicle of happenings in a defeated and demoralized army. Below is but one such event, which occurred in August after the army reached ...

Published 8/9/2017

EPPS: Slavery on the Periphery (2016)

By: James M. Shinn, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

Slavery's roots in the Kansas-Missouri borderland ran deep.

Published 8/4/2017

Gettysburg: The Army's Living Classroom

By: Clay Mountcastle Category: Articles

During any visit to Gettysburg National Battlefield Park it is not uncommon to encounter a group of military officers, noncommissioned officers, soldiers, or cadets huddled together, staring intently at the ground. They pore over maps ...

Published 8/2/2017

CAMPI: Civil War Battlefields (2016)

By: Jared Frederick Category: Book Reviews

Many of the period's photographers considered themselves artists conveying a story, not objective journalists reporting a news piece.

Published 7/28/2017

Extra Dossier: Grant

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In 2014, we asked a panel of leading Civil War historians a series of questions about General Ulysses S. Grant--a way of assessing his record and legacy during the 150th anniversary of the Overland Campaign.

Published 7/26/2017

FILIPOWSKI & HARRINGTON: The Boy Soldier (2016)

By: Nick Sacco Category: Book Reviews

...a sympathetic portrait of one soldier's Civil War experience that is readable and educational...worth reading by experts and beginnings alike.

Published 7/21/2017

Eyewitness to Bull Run

By: William Thompson Lusk Category: In the First Person

A week after the Battle of Bull Run--a humiliating defeat for Union forces--23-year-old officer William Thompson Lusk of the 79th New York Infantry wrote a letter ...

Published 7/19/2017

KASTENBERG: A Confederate in Congress (2016)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

In the weeks following the chaos of two major Confederate surrenders...military authorities arrested Benjamin Gwinn Harris, a Democrat congressman from Maryland, for committing treason.

Published 7/14/2017

Living History: Bringing Battles to Life

By: Jenny Johnston Category: Articles

Last year, historical artist Don Troiani put the final brushstrokes on a painting called Valverde. The work captures the February 1862 lancer charge by Company B of the 5th Texas Mounted Rifles against a superior force of Union infantry in what is now New Mexico. As with all Troiani’s wartime depictions, the painting is so vivid it feels almost three-dimensional: The Confederate soldier at...