The Front Line

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

Published 4/12/2012

Voice from the Past: "Another Bloodless Victory"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

In belated honor of the fall of Fort Pulaski (April 11, 1862), we bring you Miss Susan Walker's account of the battle:

Published 4/7/2012

Voice from the Past: "Those Savage Yells, And The Sight of Thousands of Racing Figures Coming Towards Them"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

We close our Shiloh sesquicentennial celebration with Henry Morton Stanley’s recollection of the battle and the effectiveness of the legendary rebel yell.

Published 4/7/2012

Voice from the Past: "Victory is Sufficiently Complete...Victory is Lost"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Our sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of Shiloh continues with an excerpt from Confederate Colonel S.H. Lockett's account of the battle printed in Battles and Leaders. It recalls how quickly the tide turned for the southern forces.

Published 4/6/2012

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

One of the legends of Shiloh was of a young drummer boy who died on the battlefield. Cast as a young lad who had run away from home to seek adventure...

Published 4/6/2012

Voice from the Past: "Terrible Tales of the Scenes in Corinth"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

In honor of Shiloh's sesquicentennial, we bring you the following voice from the past. Taken from the April 9, 1862 diary of Kate Cumming, it recounts the battle's deadly aftermath.

Published 4/2/2012

Three Hundred Thousand More

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Good afternoon! Today we bring you an 1862 song written by John S. Gibbons, to aid Lincoln's call for 300,000 more Union troops. It first appeared in the New York Evening Post.   We are coming, Father Abraham, Three hundred thousand more, ...

Published 3/30/2012

Song of a Southern Prisoner to the Ladies of Baltimore

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Happy Friday! We close Women's History Month with this song, entitled "Southern Prisoner. Gives His Thanks to the Baltimore Ladies." 

Published 3/27/2012

Then and Now: Pope's Canal to New Madrid

By: Craig Swain Category: Analysis

The campaign to capture Island No. 10 played out over swamps, bayous, and river bottom at the corner where Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet. Today this land bears little resemblance to its Civil War appearance. But in some ways it is still a battlefield today.

Published 3/27/2012

Song of the Southern Women

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

O ABRAHAM LINCOLN! We call thee to hark To the song we are singing, we Joans of Arc; While our brothers are bleeding we fear not to bleed, We?ll face the Red Horror should there be need

Published 3/26/2012

Women's Work

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Good afternoon! Today's Women's History Month tribute is a Harper's Weekly image entitled "Filling Cartidges at the United States Arsenal at Watertown, Massachusetts." It is a reminder that the war dramatically altered gender norms, forcing women to assume uncoventional tasks to help the war effort.