Blogs

Published 5/22/2020

The Rable Method—Time and Again

By: Glenn David Brasher and G. Ward Hubbs Category: Articles

Few scholars have produced as many groundbreaking works as Civil War historian George C. Rable. Since his retirement from teaching in 2016, a group of his former doctoral students have worked on a festschrift to honor

Published 5/20/2020

STEWART: Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies (2019)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

John Stewart did a yeoman job of searching the archives for "Pinkertons, Prostitutes, and Spies."

Published 5/18/2020

The Greatest Bards: Part 1

By: Mark Grimsley Category: American Iliad

An appreciation of Shelby Foote, a master of historical storytelling.

Published 5/15/2020

The Five Best Books on Civil War Combat

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Articles

A roundup of the books that do the best job in capturing the nature of Civil War combat.

Published 5/13/2020

RYAN & SCHAUS: "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" (2019)

By: Dan Welch Category: Book Reviews

Exhaustive research, keen analysis, and lively narrative marks "Lee Is Trapped, and Must Be Taken" as a definitive contribution to the field.

Published 5/6/2020

CONNON: Iowa Confederates in the Civil War (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

David Connon's is an intimate and thought-provoking work which challenges notions of Northern hegemony...

Published 4/29/2020

HUGHES: Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War (2019)

By: Frank Jastrzembski Category: Book Reviews

Mark Hughes' "Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War" is a short but comprehensive guide on the Confederate soldier...it should be added to every Civil War enthusiast's bookshelf.

Published 4/22/2020

DOMBY: The False Cause (2020)

By: Amy Laurel Fluker Category: Book Reviews

A thoroughly engaging read, Adam Domby's "The False Cause" exposes the outrageous falsehoods that underpinned the Lost Cause.

Published 4/15/2020

FLOTOW: In Their Letters, In Their Words (2019)

By: Kathleen Thompson Category: Book Reviews

Editor Mark Flotow’s "In Their Letters, In Their Words" is a valuable read for those interested an the on-the-ground perspective of the war.

Published 4/9/2020

Lee Bids Farewell

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

On the night of April 9, 1865, only hours after surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Robert E. Lee sat around a fire with a group of his officers outside his tent.

Published 4/8/2020

BARREYRE: Gold and Freedom (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Gold and Freedom," Nicolas Barreyre seeks to broaden the scope, geographic as well as temporal, of Reconstruction.

Published 4/3/2020

The "Hero" of Castle Thunder

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

On June 3, 1865—only a few weeks after the end of the Civil War—Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper ran the following article about the former Confederate-run prison in Richmond called Castle Thunder ... with a focus on one of its most infamous guards, which it profiled in the sketch below: 

Published 4/1/2020

STARRETT: Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder (2019)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

In "Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder and the Civil War," Ryan Starrett has produced an excellent, if limited local history...

Published 3/25/2020

CROWE: Caught in the Maelstrom (2019)

By: Carrie Fudickar Category: Book Reviews

Clint Crowe's "Caught in the Maelstrom" shows that the Indian Territory is a fertile field for future research....

Published 3/18/2020

INSKEEP: Imperfect Union (2020)

By: Shae Smith Cox Category: Book Reviews

In "Imperfect Union," Steve Inskeep focuses his attention on telling an enticing story...

Published 3/16/2020

History in the Digital Age

By: Kevin M. Levin Category: Public History

A look at how historians are engaging scholars, enthusiasts, and the public on social media platforms.

Published 3/13/2020

Extra Voices: Payday

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of our Spring 2020 issue we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the excitement that often accompanied payday in camp. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 3/11/2020

GERARD: The Last Battleground (2019)

By: Steven E. Nash Category: Book Reviews

In "The Last Battleground," Philip Gerard tries to bring the reader along on his journey...to learn about some of the lives touched by the Civil War in North Carolina.

Published 3/6/2020

The Fashion Trends of 1864

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

As the war raged on, civilians in New York city still made time to think of the latest fashions...

Published 3/4/2020

MILLER: Vicksburg (2019)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Donald L. Miller's "Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy" is marked by impeccable prose anchored by a staggering amount of archival research and an impressive grasp of relevant historiography line every page.