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  • Fantasizing Lee as a Civil Rights PioneerRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 7/23/2012 Author: Andy Hall | 

    There's a tale widely told these days about how Robert E. Lee, soon after the war, reached out in Christian fellowship to a black worshiper at Richmond's St. Paul's Episcopal Church. But that's not what the witness saw at the time.

  • Dark ArtilleryRead More

    Category: Friday Funny Posted: 6/29/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Happy Friday! Today's Civil War cartoon is a Frank Leslie drawing entitled "Dark Artillery" or "How to make the contrabands useful."

  • The IntrepidRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 6/26/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    This week marks the sesquicentennial of the Seven Days' Campaign. As such, we thought we would bring you this image of the Intrepid—one of the Union Army Balloon Corps' aerial reconnaissance balloons.

  • The New Orleans PlumRead More

    Category: Friday Funny Posted: 6/22/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    A contemporary take on the famous Mother Goose tale, "Little Jack Horner," this illustration casts President Abraham Lincoln as Jack Horner who is seemingly stuck in a corner by the Civil War.

  • The RailsplitterRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 6/22/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Today, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter officially hits movies. As such, we thought it fitting to pay tribute to the original Railsplitter?as opposed to the axe wielding vampire killer

  • The CumberlandRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 6/18/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good morning! Today we bring you an 1862 poem by Herman Melville entitled, "The Cumberland." Written in March of 1862, Melville lyrivally referenced the fateful sinking of the USS Cumberland by the CSS Virginia during the Battle of Hampton Roads at Newport News, Virginia on March 8, 1862.

  • Not Up To TimeRead More

    Category: Friday Funny Posted: 6/15/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! Today's Friday Funny is an 1862 piece from the London weekly magazine, Punch.

  • Elegy for the Native GuardsRead More

    Category: Quotables Posted: 6/11/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    In honor of Natasha Trethewey being named the next poet laureate, we thought we would share with you one of her Civil War inspired poems.

  • Masterly InactivityRead More

    Category: Friday Funny Posted: 6/8/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! This Frank Leslie cartoon parodies the extended military standoff between Union General George B. McClellan’s Army of Potomac and Confederate General P.G.T  Beauregard’s Army of the Shenandoah during the fall and winter of 1861.

  • Sinbad Lincoln and the Old Man of the SeaRead More

    Category: Friday Funny Posted: 6/1/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    A clear critique of Gideon Welles, the Union Secretary of the Navy, this 1862 cartoon suggests that the naval department is weighing down Lincoln?s administration and that the Federal navy is sorely lacking; along the horizon the CSS Virginia and CSS Alabama sit unchallenged and unopposed

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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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
robby@civilwarmonitor.com



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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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