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  • Captain Kit Dalton on Guerrilla Memory, Civility, and the Rules of WarRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 5/27/2013 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | 

    In a 1914 memoir, Confederate guerrilla Kit Dalton agreed with William Tecumseh Sherman that war was hell, but saw little difference between the actions of Confederate guerrilla bands and those of the uniformed men under the Union general.

  • Grant and the Forgotten Court of InquiryRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 5/20/2013 Author: Michael B. Ballard | 

    When Union Colonel Isaac Shepard punished one of his white soldiers with a whipping administered by African American troops at Milliken's Bend, the racially charged incident threatened to derail both his career and Grant's Vicksburg Campaign.

  • "The Most Fatal of All Acute Diseases:" Pneumonia and the Death of Stonewall JacksonRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 5/13/2013 Author: Dr. Matthew Lively  | 

    Four days after his wounding led to the amputation of his arm, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson began to experience chest pain and difficulty breathing. A close examination by the attending physician would reveal the problem--pneumonia in the right lung.

  • An Excerpt from Chancellorsville's Forgotten FrontRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 5/6/2013 Author: Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White | 

    Most visitors to the Fredricksburg battlefield focus on the futile Union charges against the Sunken Road of December 13, 1862. But months later, in May of 1863, Union troops would indeed breach the stone wall at the battle of Chancellorsville.

  • "The Grandest Charity in the Country:" The Missouri Home For Confederate VeteransRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 4/29/2013 Author: Amy Fluker | 

    Though Missouri never seceded, it hosted some of the most violent partisan warfare of the Civil War. By 1893, however, Union and Confederate sympathizers came together to build a retirement home and monument for Confederate veterans.

  • "Brooklyn" in CharlestonRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 4/1/2013 Author: Phil Leigh | 

    The firing on Fort Sumter is generally considered as the first shots of the Civil War. But what if the warship Brooklyn had been sent to the Fort as originally planned, instead of the more famous unarmed merchant steamer Star of the West?

  • Natural Selection at Pea RidgeRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/4/2013 Author: Phil Leigh | 

    Arriving in the Ozark Mountains in March, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn could rightfully expect big things. He was the attractive "terror of ugly husbands," a gallant cavalryman, poet, and accomplished painter. Fifteen months later a jealous husband would kill him.

  • Stealing A GeneralRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 2/18/2013 Author: Phil Leigh | 

    With his train unguarded, the North's highest-ranking general may have come within a few minutes of being Col. John S. Mosby's most famous prisoner.

  • 2012 | The Year in ReviewRead More

    Category: News & Events Posted: 1/22/2013 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Another year has come and gone and The Civil War Monitor editorial staff is thankful for a very productive 2012. As we begin to make plans for another exciting year, we cannot help but reflect back on 2012 and all the accomplishments of The Monitor?s first full year.

  • "Not Since the Days of William the Conquerer" - Anti-War Democrats of Ohio in their Own WordsRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 11/26/2012 Author: James Schmidt | 

    James Schmidt reads other people's mail; specifically, letters from an Ohio Copperhead. It is one thing to read about Copperhead sentiment during the war years; it's quite another to hold the letter and sense the anger and venom.

The Bookshelf

Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War (2016)

Author: R. Gregory Lande

Reviewed by: Bradford Pelletier

The Last Civil War Veterans (2016)

Author: Frank Grzyb

Reviewed by: Jonathan S. Jones

Author: Matthew Stanley

Reviewed by: Cecily Zander

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Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War (2016)

Author: R. Gregory Lande

Reviewed by: Bradford Pelletier

The Last Civil War Veterans (2016)

Author: Frank Grzyb

Reviewed by: Jonathan S. Jones

Author: Matthew Stanley

Reviewed by: Cecily Zander

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