Blogs

Published 1/18/2022

Essential Reading on the Peninsula Campaign

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Articles

In the spring and early summer of 1862, Union general George B. McClellan’s attempt to capture the Confederate capital by advancing up the Virginia Peninsula involved the largest amphibious operation of the war, saw perhaps Robert E. Lee’s best chance to destroy the Army of the Potomac, and included frontal assaults that dwarfed the size of Pickett’s Charge. Its results led to President ...

Published 1/14/2022

The Emancipation Proclamation

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation—which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free"—went into effect. Drafted the previous summer, and announced shortly after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, the proclamation—an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln—changed the legal status of enslaved people...

Published 1/13/2022

Word-clouding the Emancipation Proclamation

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation—which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free"—went into effect. Below are the words Lincoln used in his declaration. The more frequently he used a word, the larger it appears.

Published 1/12/2022

GALLMAN: The Cacophony of Politics (2021)

By: Daniel W. Crofts Category: American Iliad

J. Matthew Gallman's "The Cacophony of Politics" reports that most Northern Democrats were not traitorous Copperheads.

Published 1/5/2022

FOOTE: Rites of Retaliation (2021)

By: Burrus M. Carnahan Category: Book Reviews

"Rites of Retaliation" by Lorien Foote is an excellent study, written in a clear and graceful style.

Published 1/4/2022

Seeing the Elephant

By: Tracy L. Barnett Category: Articles

How Civil War soldiers came to embrace a popular idiom with prewar origins in circus show business.

Published 12/29/2021

RHEA: Stephen A. Swails (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

In "Stephen A. Swails," Gordon C. Rhea captures the triumph and the tragedy of the Civil War era.

Published 12/28/2021

Benjamin F. Butler and Military Emancipation

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Articles

The unintended, and unexpected, consequences of a confiscation order.

Published 12/22/2021

GUELZO: Robert E. Lee (2021)

By: A. Wilson Greene Category: Book Reviews

In "Robert E. Lee," Allen C. Guelzo writes with an eloquence unsurpassed by Civil War-era historians.

Published 12/17/2021

Extra Voices: War's Grisly Toll

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Winter 2021 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the war's grisly toll. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that just missed the cut.

Published 12/15/2021

SIMIONE, SCHMIEL, & SCHNEIDER: Searching for Irvin McDowell (2021)

By: Frank Jastrzembski Category: Book Reviews

"Searching for Irvin McDowell" tells the general's story despite a dearth of primary source material.

Published 12/8/2021

PATCHAN (ed.): Worthy of a Higher Rank (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"Worthy of a Higher Rank," edited by Scott C. Patchan, illuminates the the life, military service, perspectives, and sacrifices of Colonel Joseph Thoburn.

Published 12/6/2021

The Best Civil War Books of 2021

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

With the help of a handful of Civil War historians, here is our list of the best Civil War books of 2021.

Published 12/1/2021

PROCKO: Rebel Correspondent (2021)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

"Rebel Correspondent" by Steve Procko offers glimpses into a Confederate cavalryman's experience in the Western Theater.

Published 11/30/2021

Prison Tales

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Articles

Looking to learn more about Civil War prisons and prisoners of war? We asked historian Brian Matthew Jordan to suggest a handful of books he thinks are essential reading in the category:

Published 11/24/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma (2021)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an informative, lively, and thought-provoking discussion of one of the Civil War's most pivotal seasons.

Published 11/17/2021

SWARTZ: Passing Through the Fire (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

In "Passing Through the Fire," Brian Swartz reaches beyond the Chamberlain mythology.

Published 11/10/2021

MACKOWSKI & WELCH (eds.): The Summer of '63: Gettysburg (2021)

By: Summer Perritt Category: Book Reviews

"The Summer of '63" is an engaging and diverse set of works exploring the Battle of Gettysburg.

Published 11/4/2021

Gettysburg Photo Mystery Solved

By: Patrick Brennan Category: Commentary

With the help of an Artificial Intelligence-based, computerized color identifier and cutting-edge software that created a 3D rendering of McPherson Ridge in 1868, a group of Civil War detectives have pinpointed the camera location of aniconic, and previously unidentified, Gettysburg battle image. Patrick Brennan, a longtime editorial advisor for The Civil War Monitor, has been working on a book...

Published 11/3/2021

HEBERT: Cornerstone of the Confederacy (2021)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

The contents of the Cornerstone Speech are well known, but in "Cornerstone of the Confederacy," they take on new life and meaning.