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  • GALLAGHER: The Union War (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/28/2011 Author: Nicole Etcheson | 

    Ken Burns’s Civil War series made famous Rhode Island soldier Elisha Hunt Rhodes’s phrase, “All for the Union.” Gary W. Gallagher agrees with Rhodes. Gallagher emphasizes that, for northerners, the war was one for Union. Although he welcomes the flood of literature that has emphasized the importance of race, slavery, and emancipation to the Civil War, Gallagher believes that this focus has...

  • Texas SCV Calls for a New StrategyRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 9/27/2011 Author: Andy Hall | 

    Recently Mark Vogl, Lieutenant Commander of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, called for a shift strategy in that organization's approach to "heritage defense," away from throwing up legal challenges to perceived slights and instead focusing on a more proactive, less-confrontational approach.

  • These Sacred Fields: Union Commemorations at GettysburgRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 9/21/2011 Author: M. Keith Harris | 

    For Union veterans of the Civil War, the battlefield at Gettysburg served as the epicenter for war remembrance. The modern landscape certainly attests to this. A forest of marble, granite, and bronze—monuments to the Union cause—cover the rolling farmland and rocky hills of the area immediately surrounding the small Pennsylvania town where in the summer of 1863, two armies clashed in one of...

  • We Cannot Know Their MindsRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 9/21/2011 Author: Andy Hall | 

    Certainly there are many people from that era, men and women, soldiers and civilians, who left diaries and letters that have survived down to the present that give us real insight into their thoughts at the time. There are also those who wrote memoirs decades later; these are helpful but come with the caveat that they were written both from the perspective of the intervening years, and with the...

  • Welcome to The Front Line!Read More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 9/21/2011 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    The goal of The Front Line is to provide a vibrant and active space for both our readers and our contributors.  Just as printed editions of The Civil War Monitor attempt to bridge the chasm that divides many professional scholars from broader historical audiences, this space utilizes the infinite reach and timeliness of the Internet to achieve the same goal. As such, The Front Line will...

  • A few words on The BookshelfRead More

    Category: The Bookshelf Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    Greetings and welcome to the official digital headquarters of book reviews for The Civil War Monitor. In much the same way that printed editions of the Monitor will attempt to bridge the unfortunate chasm that still divides many professional scholars from broader historical audiences, this space, harnessing the infinite reach of the Internet, will attempt to charge that goal head on...

  • BERTERA & CRAWFORD: The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War (2010)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Kevin Krause | 

    Since the turn towards social and cultural history in the 1960s and 1970s, many academic institutions have relegated military history to the virtual back burner of “serious” scholarly endeavors. Military histories have, however, remained popular with general readers, and have recently regained scholarly credibility within academia. One reason for this has been a shift of focus from strategies...

  • WARSCHAUER: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival (2011)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 9/16/2011 Author: Peter C. Luebke | 

    The Civil War Centennial saw the publication of histories of state participation in the Civil War. Now, with the approach of the sesquicentennial, it appears as if a new batch of histories building upon the last 50 years of scholarship is on the way. Matthew Warshauer's Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival serves as a model of what a state-level survey of the ...

  • Would there have been a debate over the Confederate flag 100 years ago?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/30/-0001 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Our conversation with Dr. Karen Cox, Professor of History at UNC-Charlotte, about whether or not there would have been a debate over the Confederate flag 100 years ago. To learn more about Dr. Cox and her work, check out her blog, PopSouth: http://southinpopculture.com/

  • How did Civil War women deal with the loss of their husbands?Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/30/-0001 Author: Katie Brackett Fialka | 

    Angela Elder talks with us about how Civil War widows recovered (or didn't recover) from the loss of their husbands.

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