Published 6/10/2016

Sketches of War

By: Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

“One of the first things that strikes you about his sketches is their wonderful clearness of idea. You feel that they are drawn by a ready and skillful hand; one who thoroughly understands himself and his art…. His conception is clear, sharp, and distinct in his mind before he puts pencil to paper. He knows the grouping of every figure, the expression of every face. If he wants a tree in a...

Published 6/9/2016

Extra Voices: Souvenirs

By: Civil War Monitor Category: From the Archives

In the Voices section of our spring 2016 issue, we highlighted first-person quotes about the quest for battlefield souvenirs. Here are some that didn't make the cut.

Published 6/8/2016

PANHORST: The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park (2015)

By: John D. Fowler Category: Book Reviews

By the end of the 1920s, the park was covered in statues, busts, and reliefs of Vicksburg's Confederate defenders and Union conquerors, all lining a circuitous route around the massive earthworks...

Published 6/1/2016

MEDFORD: Lincoln and Emancipation (2015)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

Scholars will find...a useful synthesis with interesting vignettes involving a wide cast of characters, but this concise book will prove particularly effective in undergraduate courses.

Published 5/25/2016

HUBBARD (ed.): Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership (2015)

By: Robert O. Faith Category: Book Reviews

Is there anything new to be written about Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the law during his careers as lawyer and president?

Published 5/18/2016

WILSON: Private John S. Mosby, First Virginia Cavalry (2015)

By: Robert Grandchamp Category: Book Reviews

Before he rode to glory at the head of his Rangers, John S. Mosby was a lowly private in the First Virginia Cavalry, serving in northern Virginia...

Published 5/11/2016

NOYALAS: Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah (2015)

By: Kelly Mielke Category: Book Reviews

The extent of conflict in the Shenandoah Valley and its role as a thoroughfare between the Union and Confederacy makes the region a particularly interesting place to study post-war reconciliation.

Published 5/4/2016

PERO: Gettysburg 1863 (2015)

By: Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Category: Book Reviews

As a source of unvarnished primary information on the battle from the hearts and minds of those who were there, this is an exceptional addition to the vast historiography of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Published 4/27/2016

CROFTS: Lincoln & the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

Despite the thousands of books written about Lincoln...scholars have virtually ignored the original thirteenth amendment fight and Lincoln's role in it...Crofts fills this void with his compelling book...

Published 4/22/2016

Why did soldiers and civilians during the Civil War commit suicide?

By: Katie Brackett Fialka Category: Behind the Lines

We know much about PTSD and the psychological horrors of war based on more modern wars, but what about during the Civil War? We talk with Dr. Diane Miller Sommerville about her research on suicides among civilians and soldiers. Why did soldiers and civilians commit suicide and what can their stories about trauma and even Reconstruction?