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  • Trial of a Confederate TerroristRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/1/2015 Author: John Grady | 

    The trial of John Yates Beall, accused of attempting to derail a passenger train in Buffalo, NY, stands in a class alongside the trials of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, with ramifications that echo today in the cases of those men held at Guantanamo.

  • Yankee RunawaysRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 11/3/2014 Author: Dan Crofts | 

    On November 3, 1864 Major Charles P. Mattocks and two comrades slipped away from a Confederate prison camp outside Columbia, South Carolina, hoping to cross three hundred miles of mountains and hostile terrain to reach Union lines in East Tennessee.

  • The Death of Roger B. TaneyRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 10/13/2014 Author: Jonathan W. White | 

    The death of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a name almost as indelibly tied to the Dred Scott decision as Scott's own, was met with various reactions both North and South when it happened 150 years ago on October 12, 1864.

  • Terry's Texas RangersRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/21/2014 Author: Kate Dawson | 

    Terry's Texas Rangers went into the Civil War with a reputation they had not earned, but left it with one that lingers to this day.

  • Inside the Photographer's StudioRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/30/2014 Author: Jonathan W. White and Hailey House | 

    Historians and students of Civil War photography get only rare glimpses inside the photographer's studio, but a few trial transcripts from the National Archives reveal more than what the camera caught.

  • Hunter Davidson and the "Squib"Read More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/9/2014 Author: John Grady | 

    As a graduate of and former instructor at the US Naval Academy, Confederate Lieutenant Hunter Davidson understood the Union Navy, as well as how submersible vessels and spar torpedoes could be used to exploit its weaknesses.

  • The First Civil War MonumentRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 5/26/2014 Author: Jonathan W. White | 

    In 1861, the town of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, dedicated a monument to the soldiers of the Revolutionary War while acknowledging the patriotism of Union troops engaged in a new conflict.

  • What Should Historians Make of "Black Confederates?"Read More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 5/5/2014 Author: Glenn Brasher | 

    The stories on which Confederate apologists draw to verify the existence of "Black Confederates" were created by northern emancipationists for a very different goal.

  • The Death of Jim Jackson and the Oxymoron of "Postbellum" Missouri, 1865-1866Read More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/24/2014 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    In June 1865, Jim Jackson - one of Missouri's more notorious Confederate guerrilla commanders - made haste for the Illinois line...

  • Reconsidering the "Myth" of the Black Union SoldierRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/17/2014 Author: Kevin Levine | 

    When Confederates massacre black soldiers the latter are engaged in a desperate fight for freedom. But our popular understanding of the Civil War leaves little room to understand the story when the roles are reversed.

The Bookshelf

Georgia's Confederate Monuments (2014)

Author: Gould Hagler

Author: Jr.

Reviewed by: Jennifer M. Murray

Lens of War (2015)

Author: Gary W. Gallagher

Author: J. Matthew Gallman

Reviewed by: Matthew C. Hulbert

Lincoln's Gamble (2014)

Author: Todd Brewster

Reviewed by: Jared Peatman

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The Bookshelf

Georgia's Confederate Monuments (2014)

Author: Gould Hagler

Author: Jr.

Reviewed by: Jennifer M. Murray

Lens of War (2015)

Author: Gary W. Gallagher

Author: J. Matthew Gallman

Reviewed by: Matthew C. Hulbert

Lincoln's Gamble (2014)

Author: Todd Brewster

Reviewed by: Jared Peatman

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