The Front Line

Our communal blog featuring the latest in Civil War news, research, analysis, and events from a network of historians

Published 8/6/2012

John Sherman and the Would-Be Thirteenth Amendment of 1861

By: Dan Crofts Category: Analysis

Four years before Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, Republican John Sherman of Ohio argued the merits of a very different Thirteenth Amendment, one that would do the exact opposite.

Published 7/30/2012

Munson Monroe Buford's Unfinished Civil War

By: James Broomall Category: Analysis

Munson Monroe Buford's Civil War did not end at Durham Station, North Carolina, in the spring of 1865 but instead continued, in varied forms, for the remainder of his life.

Published 7/23/2012

Fantasizing Lee as a Civil Rights Pioneer

By: Andy Hall Category: Analysis

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.

Published 6/29/2012

Dark Artillery

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

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

Published 6/26/2012

The Intrepid

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

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.

Published 6/22/2012

The New Orleans Plum

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

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.

Published 6/22/2012

The Railsplitter

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

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

Published 6/18/2012

The Cumberland

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

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.

Published 6/15/2012

Not Up To Time

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

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

Published 6/11/2012

Elegy for the Native Guards

By: Laura June Davis Category: Quotables

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.