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  • The Infamous "Woman Order" of Occupied New OrleansRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/20/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! Earlier today, we shared an image of a Baltimore woman flaunting her Confederate sympathies which drew parallels to the actions of the women of Union-occupied New Orleans. Therefore, we thought it fitting to continue our Women's History Month celebration by posting Major General Benjamin Butler's Infamous General Orders No. 28:

  • Southern Belle or Female Rebel?Read More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/20/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good morning! In honor of Women's History Month we thought we would share this Harper's Weekly image (shown to the left). Along with the front page illustration the authors of Harper's Weekly provided the following commentary:   LIFE AMONG T...

  • Patriotic MailRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/19/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! Our Women's History Month celebration continues with an image of one of the era's patriotic envelopes. Used to both boost morale and support the war effort, envelopes like the one below often depicted women and the hardships they endured as wives and mothers to soldiers.

  • The Wild Rose of the SouthRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/16/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! Today's Women's History Month tribute is of Rose O'Neal Greenhow---also known as "Wild Rose"---the famed Confederate spy. Born in Maryland in 1817, little is known of her early years.

  • The Monitor, The Merrimack, and MeRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/16/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Last week, I packed up my husband and my dog and headed north to Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia. We were bound for the Civil War Navy Conference at the 10th Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend sponsored by the Mariner?s Museum?auspiciously timed during the sesquicentennial of the famed clash of the ironclads.

  • How I tried and failed to escape the Civil War Read More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/15/2012 Author: Cole Grinnell | 

    My interest in the Civil War should have been a wonderful accident of birth and geography. I was born, raised, studied, and worked around key sites in that event's history—quite literally living and breathing in the material of the war. Surely, my own enthusiasm for the subject must rate back to this upbringing, just as my older brother's (who I take it on good authority shares many of my genes)...

  • A Lady and A Diary from DixieRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/15/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good morning! Our Women's History Month celebration continues with this tribute to Mary Boykin Chesnut. 

  • The Women in BlackRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/12/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Last fall, J. David Hacker revealed that the number of Civil War dead is closer to 750,000 than the previously accepted number of 618,222. While not all of them were married, many in fact did leave behind wives and children to pick up the pieces after war's end. Today for Women's History Month, we honor the hundreds of thousands of Civil War widows with this Frank Leslie drawing entitled, "Women...

  • Voice from the Past: "It revolutionized the navies of the world"Read More

    Category: Quotables Posted: 3/9/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    THE engagement in Hampton Roads on the 8th of March, 1862, between the Confederate iron-clad Virginia, or the Merrimac (as she is known at the North), and the United States wooden fleet, and that on the 9th between the Virginia and the Monitor, was, in its result, in some respect the most momentous naval conflict ever witnessed. No battle was ever more widely discussed or produced a greater...

  • Voice from the Past: "In the Monitor Turret"Read More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/9/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon. In honor of the Battle of Hampton Roads, we bring you another Voice from the Past—this time from the Union perspective. The following is Commander S. Dana Greene's account of the battle as printed in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War:

The Bookshelf

Midnight in America (2017)

Author: Jonathan W. White

Reviewed by: Lesley J. Gordon

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

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The Bookshelf

Midnight in America (2017)

Author: Jonathan W. White

Reviewed by: Lesley J. Gordon

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

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