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Published 9/15/2016

The Water War

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

Vastly smaller than the forces that fought the Civil War on land, the Union and Confederate navies have long been overlooked by history, their members’ actions, sacrifices, and the significance of their service generally underappreciated in the years since the guns fell silent. During the war, however, the clashes of the navies captivated the country in much the same way as did the epic battles...

Published 9/15/2016

Extra Dossier: Stonewall Jackson

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Analysis

For the Dossier section of the fall 2016 issue of The Civil War Monitor, we asked a panel of 20 Civil War historians a series of questions about Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, from what they most admired about the famed commander to their favorite book about him. Due to space constraints, we weren't able to include any of the answers to our final question for the panel, "If ...

Published 9/14/2016

GRAMM: Sharpsburg (2015)

By: Chris Mackowski Category: Book Reviews

Creative writers can comment on history in ways that historians never can; they can reveal truths about history that historians can never expose.

Published 9/7/2016

HESS: Braxton Bragg (2016)

By: Nate Buman Category: Book Reviews

Hess asserts that Bragg did the best that he could with what he had at his disposal. He argues successfully that no other southern commander could have done better due to the overwhelming territory that Bragg had to defend...and the lack of reliable generals under his command.

Published 8/31/2016

BRETZGER: Observing Hancock at Gettysburg (2016)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

Gettysburg has defined Hancock's career more than any other engagement.

Published 8/24/2016

SOKOLOSKY & SMITH: "To Prepare for Sherman's Coming" (2015)

By: Thomas M. Grace Category: Book Reviews

The authors display a mastery of the battlefield's swampy terrain...their study offers more than yet another drums and bugles account of a Civil War battle.

Published 8/17/2016

GALLAGHER & JANNEY (eds.): Cold Harbor to the Crater (2015)

By: Nate Buman Category: Book Reviews

...offers a concise, approachable view of the end of the Overland Campaign, introducing several thoughtful examples of just how uncertain the war's outcome remained in 1864.

Published 8/10/2016

McCARDLE: A Just and Holy Cause? (2016)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

Marcus Bethune Ely was a dutiful soldier, but no diehard Confederate.

Published 8/3/2016

WOODWORTH & GREAR (eds.): The Tennessee Campaign of 1864 (2016)

By: Ben H. Severance Category: Book Reviews

In the dying days of the Confederacy, the ill-fated Army of Tennessee embarked on a great forlorn hope to destroy a numerically superior foe, capture a heavily fortified city, and turn the war around.

Published 7/27/2016

CONLIN: One Nation Divided by Slavery (2015)

By: Kristen Epps Category: Book Reviews

This well-written, timely monograph enriches our understanding of the sectional conflict, the fluctuating nature of nationalism, and slavery's role in the memory of the American Revolution.