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  • Voices from the Past: A "Plucky" Young SoldierRead More

    Category: Quotables Posted: 10/10/2011 Author: Terry Johnston | 

    Good morning! The Civil War Monitor has added a new section to The Front Line: Quotables. Each Monday, we will share a Voice from Past to help you learn more about the Civil War...from the men and women who actually lived it.

  • Civil War and Todays GenerationRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 10/9/2011 Author:  | 

     I first discovered the civil war when I was in the third grade; right around Christmas time. It all started with a 1000 piece puzzle. The puzzle was a map of the United States during the conflict years, with inlays of battle scenes and prominent people. It started with asking my mother “Whats a civil war?” Soon, I had read and reread  The Killer Angels. From there I amassed a small library...

  • The War's Least Deadly Bayonet Charge...Read More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 10/6/2011 Author: Terry Johnston | 

    Â… or close to it. The following description comes from the pen of Pennsylvania volunteer Oliver Willcox Norton, who on June 30, 1861, wrote his sister to let her know how he was getting on as a soldier:

  • "It made us an 'is'."Read More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 10/4/2011 Author: Andy Hall | 

    It's one of the great quotes, from one of the great documentaries, that sums up the legacy of the American Civil War:

  • A War of WordsRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 9/29/2011 Author: Amy Murrell Taylor | 

    There’s a lot that remains unsettled about the Civil War: “Manassas” or “Bull Run”? “Civil War” or “War Between the States”? Forget the big questions about what the war was about: we cannot even agree on something as simple as what words to use to describe what actually happened between 1861 and 1865. It’s the sort of disagreement that isn’t going away anytime soon, because...

  • 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...

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 Front Line is our communal blog featuring the latest in Civil War news, research, analysis, and events from a network of scholars.

For information concerning the blog, inquiries into becoming a blogger for The Front Line, events calendar requests, or general questions, please contact the Contributing Editor: 


Robert Poister
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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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