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

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 4/7/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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.

  • The Drummer Boy of ShilohRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 4/6/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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, the drummer boy was representative of the many young and untrained soldiers who fought in the war. While many men later came forward, claiming to be the drummer boy—despite not dying in the battle—John Clem, "The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga" is...

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

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 4/6/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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.

  • Three Hundred Thousand MoreRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 4/2/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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, ...

  • Song of a Southern Prisoner to the Ladies of BaltimoreRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/30/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

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

  • Then and Now: Pope's Canal to New MadridRead More

    Category: Analysis Posted: 3/27/2012 Author: Craig Swain | 

    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.

  • Song of the Southern WomenRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/27/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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

  • Women's WorkRead More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/26/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    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.

  • A Slave and A SpyRead More

    Category: Commentary Posted: 3/23/2012 Author: Laura June Davis | 

    Good afternoon! Today's Women's History Month tribute is of Mary Touvestre.  Touvestre, a former slave, worked for one of the Confederate engineers transforming the USS Merrimack into the CSS Virginia. While at work, Touvestre overheard her...

  • "I will not attempt to hamper you with any minute instructions."Read More

    Category: From the Archives Posted: 3/21/2012 Author:  | 

    In March 1862, General Henry Halleck granted General John Pope much latitude in operations to reduce Confederate defenses at Island No. 10 along the Mississippi. Halleck's correspondence provides a broad and succinct assessment of Federal operations in the West.

The Bookshelf

Midnight in America (2017)

Author: Jonathan W. White

Reviewed by: Lesley J. Gordon

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

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The Bookshelf

Midnight in America (2017)

Author: Jonathan W. White

Reviewed by: Lesley J. Gordon

Lincoln Before Lincoln (2016)

Author: Brian Snee

Reviewed by: Allen C. Guelzo

My Gettysburg (2016)

Author: Mark A. Snell

Reviewed by: Jeffry D. Wert

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