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...