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  • The Civil War's French AccentRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 9/30/2013 Author: John Grady | 

    In the face of a tightening blockade and difficulties with England, the Confederate Navy sought new rams from shipyards in nearby France.

  • Of Eyes and Teeth: The Trial of George Maddox, the Raid on Lawrence, and the Bloodstained Verdict of the Guerrilla WarRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 8/19/2013 Author: Joseph M. Beilein, Jr | 

    In 1867, George Maddox--a guerrilla who had ridden with Quantrill--stood trial for the murder of John Zane Evans during the infamous raid on Lawrence four years earlier.

  • Williamsburg Battlefield Trust, EmbattledRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 8/12/2013 Author: Glenn Brasher | 

    Virginia's "Historic Triangle" is best known as a setting for the American Revolution. But during the Civil War's Peninsula Campaign the area saw many slaves play an active role in bringing about their liberation and aiding the Union Army.

  • Co. Aytch: Annotated and IllustratedRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/22/2013 Author: Phil Leigh | 

    Phil Leigh gives us a peak into his new annotated version of Co. Aytch: or A Sideshow to the Big Show, the famous memoir by Private Sam Watkins.

  • The PursuitRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/15/2013 Author: Tom Huntington | 

    Three days after Gettysburg, the people of Frederick, Maryland greeted George Gordon Meade "like a lion," while President Lincoln and General-in-Cheif Henry Halleck felt him cautious and slow.

  • The Day Holt Collier Killed HogzillaRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/8/2013 Author: Andy Hall | 

    Holt Collier is famous today for being a Civil War scout, a tracker and a hunting guide. But one of his most amazing adventures is almost forgotten.

  • The Battle in Public: Newspaper Reports from GettysburgRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 7/1/2013 Author: Glenn Brasher | 

    With the assistance of the telegraph, northern and southern newspapers kept readers informed of all the news and speculation from the battlefield at Gettysburg.

  • Oh Lord, Where Art Thou? Civil War Guards, Prisoners, and PunishmentsRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/24/2013 Author: Angela M. Zombek | 

    The unglamorous task of guarding Confederate prisoners at Johnson's Island Prison in Ohio tempted many guards to commit crimes that resulted in punishments similar to those administered to their incarcerated wards. A quick perusal of the prison register reveals crimes from drunkenness on duty to desertion and robbery, often resulting in 90 days hard labor for Union guards.

  • A New Battle for Brandy StationRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/10/2013 Author: Eric J. Wittenberg | 

    On June 9, 1863 some of the Civil War's most famous personalities met in the largest cavalry battle on American soil with destruction on their minds. Today, the focus on Brandy Station has shifted to preservation.

  • Friends Across the Color LineRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 6/3/2013 Author: Linda Barnickel | 

    In an early twentieth-century memoir, an Illinois artilleryman paid special attention to the friendship he formed with Big Jack Johnson, an escaped slave from the Yazoo district of Mississippi, who died fighting in the battle of Milliken's Bend.

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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