The Front Line

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

Published 5/11/2012

The "Light Guard"

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

Today's Friday Funny is an 1861 Harper's Weekly cartoon. Entitled ?Costume Suggested for the Brave Stay-at-Home Light Guard," this sketch mockingly questions the masculinity of Union men who did not voluntarily enlist into military service.

Published 5/5/2012

...And They're Off..

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, we bring you this image of Civil War era horse racing courtesy of Frank Leslie.

Published 5/4/2012

The Blockade on the "Connecticut Plan"

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

Good Morning! To celebrate the end of another long work week, we bring you a "Friday Funny." Today's Civil War era cartoon is an 1862 Currier & Ives sketch entitled, 'The Blockade on the "Connecticut Plan.'"

Published 5/1/2012

Revising, Refreshing, Evolving Battlefield Interpretation

By: Craig Swain Category: Analysis

Our understanding of the battlefields, and the war itself, is often shaped by the public interpretive resources found at the site of the action. Over the years, historians improve that interpretation, mostly for the better. The refinement often challenges us to reconsider what we know about the battle to reach a more precise understanding of events.

Published 4/30/2012

The Dying Confederate's Last Words

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

A poetic tribute to a dying Confederate from Maryland.

Published 4/27/2012

Bowling with Beauregard

By: Laura June Davis Category: Friday Funny

Good afternoon! Here's a little Friday Funny to celebrate the end of the work week.

Published 4/26/2012

Was Confederate Conscription an Instrument of Social Justice?

By: Andy Hall Category: Sesquicentennials

Should the Confederate Conscription Act of April 1862 be viewed as what we might today describe as an instrument of social justice? Some Confederates at the time thought so.

Published 4/25/2012

The Surrender of New Orleans Part 2: The Machines and Technology

By: Laura June Davis Category: Iron Men Afloat

As you know, today—April 25th—marks the 150th anniversary of the fall of New Orleans. Part 2 of our tribute to the surrender of the Crescent City is located on the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial with "Facing the Forts: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron." We hope you enjoy!

Published 4/25/2012

The Surrender of New Orleans Part 1: The Men and The Skirmish

By: Laura June Davis Category: Iron Men Afloat

Today marks the sesquicentennial of the fall of New Orleans (April 25, 1862). As such, The Civil War Monitor is commemorating this event with a two-part series on the surrender. Below is Part One which focuses on the men and the skirmishes behind New Orleans' surrender.

Published 4/15/2012

Did a C.S.S. Alabama Veteran Die in the Titanic Disaster?

By: Andy Hall Category: Sesquicentennials

Samuel Beard Risien and his wife, Emma, died aboard the infamous White Star Liner in April 1912. Was he also, as he claimed, a veteran of the famous Confederate sea raider from a half-century before?