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  • 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.

  • OlusteeRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 2/24/2014 Author: Phil Leigh | 

    Although Florida contained less than two percent of the Confederacy's population, by 1864 evolving circumstances made the state sufficiently important to justify a Union invasion.

  • The Civil War on the Great LakesRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 2/10/2014 Author: John Grady | 

    After the losses at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, the Confederacy considered a risky plan to fortify their officer corps by raiding a prison on the shores of Lake Erie and freeing the 2000 men held there.

  • "Destructionist and Capturer"Read More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 12/2/2013 Author: John Grady | 

    The Union authorities who dismissed W.T. Glassell from the U.S. Navy after 15 years of service hardly suspected that they would be fighting against him soon enough.

  • Civil War Amputation...In Their Own Words.Read More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 10/9/2013 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Throughout the Civil War, surgeons performed approximately 60,000 amputations---the most common battlefield operation. Such drastic measures were a consequence of the damage caused by Mini? balls which often shattered and splintered soldiers? bones.

The Bookshelf

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

Author: Stephen Davis

Reviewed by: Nick Sacco

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The Bookshelf

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

A Long and Bloody Task (2016)

Author: Stephen Davis

Reviewed by: Nick Sacco

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