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The Scourge of the Confederacy

Vol. 7, No. 1

The Story of John Minor Botts, Virginia's most outspoken Unionist

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Meade, Grant, and the Path to Victory

Vol. 7, No. 2

Behind the partnership that won the Civil War

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Damn Yankees

Vol. 6, No. 1

In war there must be an enemy. How Confederates defined and demonized their northern opponents 

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The Redemption of Abraham Lincoln

Vol. 6, No. 2

The last century hasn't been kind to the legacy of the Great Emancipator. Is it time to set the record straight? 

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Faces of the Navy

Vol. 6, No. 3

Images and stories of the Union and Confederate sailors who fought the war on water 

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The Curious Case of the Lost Order

Vol. 6, No. 4

George McClellan had a chance to win the war in 1862. Or did he? It depends on who's telling the story.

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Special Issue: The War Ends

Vol. 5, No. 1

Cover story: John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. But who—or what—else shared the blame for the president's death?                                                                                                        

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Angels of War

Vol. 5, No. 2

Like the men they saw off to the front, women too felt the pull of patriotism at the outbreak of the Civil War. For many wives, daughters, and sisters—northern and southern, young and old—the most useful way to support country and cause was to volunteer as a nurse.          

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Embattled Banner

Vol. 5, No. 3

Our exclusive conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Tony Horwitz on the recent backlash against the Confederate battle flag.  

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The Art of War

Vol. 5, No. 4

An exploration of the work of Alfred R. Waud, one of the Civil War's most prolific—and fearless—sketch artists.  

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"A One-Armed Jersey Son-of-a-Gun"

Vol. 4, No. 1

Cover story: An unquenchable thirst for war transforms a restless son of privilege into a fearless but controversial commander.                                                                                                        

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Broken Soldiers

Vol. 4, No. 2

Stories of the Civil War's wounded, from battlefield to recovery and beyond. A special photo feature.       

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Broken Promise

Vol. 4, No. 3

Robert E. Lee was the Confederacy's greatest general. But did he live up to the legacy of his own military hero?       

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Campaign Promise

Vol. 4, No. 4

Defeating Robert E. Lee's army was only one of the challenges facing Ulysses S. Grant in 1864. Just as crucial was ensuring President Abraham Lincoln's reelection.     

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Lincoln Considered

Vol. 3, No. 1

Cover story: Steven Spielberg's new movie has been hailed as a cinematic masterpiece. But does it hold up as a piece of history?                                                                                                        

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Gettysburg Special Issue

 Vol. 3, No. 2       

Cover story: Think getting into Harvard is tough? Try gaining entry into Gettysburg's elite cadre of licensed battlefield guides.            

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Why I Fight

Vol. 3, No. 3       

Cover story: Why reenact the Civil War? One devotee of the hobby explains its multifaceted and enduring appeal.    


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The 25 Most Influential*

 Vol. 3, No. 4       

Cover story: Some of the conflict's most significant players remain largely unknown. We polled leading historians—and ranked their picks—for the most influential people who never got their due.   

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Birth of a Demon

Vol. 2, No. 1

Cover story: How Sherman won—then lost—the South.


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1862 Special Issue

 Vol. 2, No. 2

1862: The War Turns Serious

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The Defiant Ones

Vol. 2, No. 3

Cover story: Outnumbered and outgunned during the siege of Petersburg, Rebel defenders remained supremely confident of victory.


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The Gentleman General

Vol. 2, No. 4

Cover story: How Harvard-educated lawyer Manning Ferguson Force helped save the day for the Union army in the battle for Atlanta.

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It Begins.

Our Premier Issue!

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Vol. 1, No. 2

Cover Story: George Armstrong Custer and the End of Innocence.

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The Bookshelf

The Last Civil War Veterans (2016)

Author: Frank Grzyb

Reviewed by: Jonathan S. Jones

Author: Matthew Stanley

Reviewed by: Cecily Zander

Lincoln's Greatest Journey (2016)

Author: Noah Andre Trudeau

Reviewed by: John McKee Barr