Published 3/7/2017

Battle of the Ironclads

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

For hours the conflict lasted. Sometimes so near were the vessels they appeared in contact, and again three miles apart; but all the while vomiting forth seeming destruction with frightful rapidity, looking, as a gentleman near me observed, like very ‘hell cats.’ So noted Roland Greene Mitchell, one of the spectators crowding the beach outside Fortress Monroe, Virginia, on March 9, 1862, to...

Published 3/1/2017

LaBARRE: The Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War (2016)

By: C. Wood Newhall Category: Book Reviews

Little work has been done on the black cavalries that served during the Civil War, and LaBarre's book is a useful and welcome contribution to that historiography.

Published 2/22/2017

SCYTHES: This Will Make a Man of Me (2016)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

An idealistic and at times priggish young man, Howell complained about officers and enlisted men who swore, drank, and ignored the Sabbath...

Published 2/15/2017

PRYOR: Six Encounters with Lincoln (2017)

By: Matthew Norman Category: Book Reviews

Elizabeth Brown Pryor seeks to get at the real Abraham Lincoln by peeling away the layers of mythology and exposing a flesh and blood human being.

Published 2/8/2017

PENN: Kentucky Rebel Town (2016)

By: Jacob A. Glover Category: Book Reviews

Penn's efforts to recreate the military struggle in Harrison County are a resounding success.

Published 2/1/2017

LEIGH: The Confederacy at Flood Tide (2016)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

...the author is able to avid the talismanic allure of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, thus eschewing the oft-repeated contention that the Confederacy's best chance at independence came and went in July 1863.

Published 1/25/2017

CONNER & MACKOWSKI: Seizing Destiny (2016)

By: Ryan Bixby Category: Book Reviews

Those interested in studying the Army of the Potomac's command structure and implementation of military policies will find value within the detailed and well-researched discussion of these topics.

Published 1/18/2017

Extra Dossier: Robert E. Lee

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

For the Dossier section of the Summer 2015 issue of The Civil War Monitor, we asked a panel of Civil War historians a series of questions about Confederate general Robert E. Lee, from what they considered to be his best and least impressive battlefield performances to their favorite book about him. Due to space constraints, we weren't able to publish all of our

Published 1/18/2017

BEILEIN: Bushwhackers (2016)

By: Brian D. McKnight Category: Book Reviews

Beilein's book should be read by everyone interested in Missouri's turbulent Civil War experience, and it will certainly become a staple on the reading lists that help train the next generation...

Published 1/11/2017

O'HARROW: The Quartermaster (2016)

By: Jonathan Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

O'Harrow's thorough, masterfully crafted, and impeccably researched biography is destined to become the authoritative volume on Meigs.