Blogs

Published 11/13/2019

DANIEL: Conquered (2019)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Larry J. Daniel's "Conquered: Why the Confederacy Failed" is a convincing original argument, a comprehensive historiographical essay, and a compelling narrative.

Published 11/6/2019

WALLER: Lincoln's Spies (2019)

By: Lawrence Kreiser, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Lincoln's Spies," Douglas Waller provides colorful detail on the lives and careers of Civil War spies...there is much material with which to work.

Published 10/30/2019

DIRCK: The Black Heavens (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Brian R. Dirck's "The Black Heavens" is the first book-length treatment of the sixteenth president's long relationship with death.

Published 10/23/2019

BLEVINS: The Conflicted Ozarks (2019)

By: Roy Wisecarver Category: Book Reviews

Brooks Blevins' "The Conflicted Ozarks" is superb study of a fascinating region during a tumultuous period of destruction and rebuilding.

Published 10/21/2019

Grant's War Horse: Cincinnati

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A look at Cincinnati, Ulysses S. Grant's favorite war horse

Published 10/16/2019

SPARKS: Africans in the Old South (2016)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Africans in the Old South," Randy J. Sparks offers new perspectives about the slave trade, the Old South, and the Atlantic World.

Published 10/14/2019

Lee's War Horse: Traveller

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

A look at Traveller, Robert E. Lee's famed war horse

Published 10/9/2019

HARROLD: American Abolitionism (2019)

By: Ashley Towle Category: Book Reviews

To what extent did the abolitionist movement bring about the end of slavery in the United States?

Published 10/7/2019

The Overland Campaign

By: Garry Adelman Category: Photo Essays

An illustrated look at the clashes between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee during the Overland Campaign

Published 10/4/2019

Which Way Did They Go?

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Image of the Day

Duped soldiers and Quaker guns are the focus of Julian Scott's painting "Sold."

Published 10/2/2019

ENDRES & KURTZ (eds.): Soldiers of the Cross (2019)

By: Adam Tate Category: Book Reviews

Conyngham observed many chaplains at work...an important historical artifact.

Published 9/27/2019

A Hair-Raising Incident at Shiloh

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Image of the Day

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated History of the Civil War, published in 1895, contained a broad collection of sketches that had appeared during the conflict in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. One of these (shown above) captured an unlikely incident that occurred during the Battle of Shiloh.

Published 9/25/2019

HUNT: Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station (2019)

By: Jeffry D. Wert Category: Book Reviews

...a very detailed account of this often-overlooked campaign.

Published 9/23/2019

A Triple Bereavement at Cairo

By: Mary Livermore Category: In the First Person

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Mary Livermore, a 40-year-old native of Boston, volunteered to work for the United States Sanitary Commission in hopes of being of assistance to the Union war effort. She soon became an agent at the organization's Chicago branch (where she would eventually be promoted to co-director), in which capacity she organized a variety of aid socities and...

Published 9/20/2019

Rock of Chickamauga

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

A look at the legacy of Union general George H. Thomas, the "Rock of Chickamauga"

Published 9/18/2019

DAVIS: The Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry (2019)

By: Alexandre F. Calliot Category: Book Reviews

George Armstrong Custer is a heroic yet tragic figure in the pantheon of America's military past...

Published 9/11/2019

MERTZ: Attack at Daylight and Whip Them (2019)

By: John Daley Category: Book Reviews

Mertz and the Emerging Civil War Series have given us excellent history in guidebook format.

Published 9/4/2019

POWELL: Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah (2019)

By: Jonathan M. Berkey Category: Book Reviews

Powell adds nuance and depth to a well-studied campaign.

Published 8/28/2019

GALLAGHER & GALLMAN (eds.): Civil War Places (2019)

By: Rebecca Howard Category: Book Reviews

The broad selection of scholars here...challenges readers to expand their own perspective on the conflict.