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Published 6/22/2022

CARROLL: Invisible Wounds (2021)

By: Jonathan S. Jones Category: American Iliad

Dillon J. Carroll's "Invisible Wounds" is a fascinating study that unequivocally illustrates the links between the Civil War and mental illness.

Published 6/21/2022

The Five Best Books on Lincoln and His Commanders

By: Gerald J. Prokopowicz Category: Articles

Abraham Lincoln was not a military man, yet in March 1861 he became commander in chief of forces that would soon face the task of suppressing an 11-state rebellion. Other than a few months’ service in the Illinois militia in 1832, he had no experience or training on which to draw. He would need to rely on the professional officers commanding his army and navy, but some of them joined the...

Published 6/15/2022

PURCELL: Spectacle of Grief (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Spectacle of Grief" by Sarah J. Purcell is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the paradoxes of American nationalism, either in the Civil War era or today.

Published 6/14/2022

Grand Opening of American Civil War Museum's Robins Theater

By: Zethyn McKinley Category: Interviews

We recently asked Jeniffer Maloney, director of marketing and public relations at American Civil War Museum, about their new Robins Theater opening this month. She gave us a first look at the facility and film it will show, A People’s Contest.

Published 6/13/2022

Ticks in Camp

By: Josiah M. Favill Category: In the First Person

Josiah M. Favill, a young officer in the 57th New York Infantry, kept a detailed diary during the Civil War. In one entry, dated May 16, 1862, Favill writes in detail about a common summer pest found (then and now) in the eastern U.S.—the wood tick. Read his itch-enducing description of his—and his comrades'—encounters with the aggressive insect.

Published 6/8/2022

HARDING: Gettysburg's Lost Love Story (2022)

By: Gordon Berg Category: Book Reviews

"Gettysburg's Lost Love Story" by Jeffrey J. Harding is told with verve and a keen eye for descriptive detail.

Published 6/3/2022

Eyewitness to Cold Harbor

By: Theodore Lyman Category: In the First Person

Between May 31 and June 12, 1864, the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee clashed near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in the Battle of Cold Harbor. June 3 witnessed particularly fierce fighting after Grant ordered repeated attacks against the strong Confederate positions—attacks in which Union forces suffered casualties two to four times greater than their opponents. Among those who...

Published 6/1/2022

ELDER: Love & Duty (2022)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

"Love & Duty" by Angela Esco Elder demonstrates that not all Confederate widows midwifed the Lost Cause.

Published 5/25/2022

STAHR: Salmon P. Chase (2022)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Salmon P. Chase" by Walter Stahr is an admirable treatment of an oft-forgotten nineteenth century politician.

Published 5/23/2022

Quick Picks: Civil War Photography Books

By: Ronald S. Coddington Category: Articles

Looking for good books on Civil War photography? We asked Ronald S. Coddington, author and publiser of Military Images magazine, for three books on the subject that he considers essential reads. Here are his picks: 

Published 5/18/2022

REMSEN & UPP: Back From Battle (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Back From Battle" documents the valuable role that Pennsylvania's Camp Discharge played in the war's final months.

Published 5/11/2022

JONUSAS: Hell's Half-Acre (2022)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Susan Jonusas's "Hell's Half-Acre" spotlights the Benders as particularly monstrous actors on a stage covered in the blood of conquest and post-Civil War racial strife.

Published 5/4/2022

WALTERS: Harriet Tubman (2022)

By: Holly Pinheiro, Jr. Category: Book Reviews

In "Harriet Tubman" Kerry Walters adds historical depth to the well-known abolitionist's life.

Published 4/28/2022

The Books That Built Me: Brian Matthew Jordan

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Articles

I suppose you could say that I started researching my recently published book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, when I was 12 years old. In 1998, I met a man from my hometown of Akron, Ohio, who spent much of his late teens and early twenties crisscrossing the Midwest in search of the last survivors of Abraham Lincoln’s armies. Nearly 70 years old and the son of a ...

Published 4/27/2022

WHITE: To Address You as My Friend (2021)

By: Brian R. Dirck Category: Book Reviews

"To Address You as My Friend" assembles a wonderfully rich and fascinating mosaic of the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of African Americans during the Civil War.

Published 4/20/2022

GROELING: First Fallen (2021)

By: Kevin McPartland Category: Book Reviews

"First Fallen" is a welcome addition to the literature that casts its gaze on the North and the men who rallied to the United States flag in 1861.

Published 4/14/2022

Assassination Artifacts

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

“That is the last speech he will ever make.” So remarked John Wilkes Booth on April 11, 1865, after listening to President Abraham Lincoln deliver remarks outside the White House. Speaking to a crowd of thousands only two days after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, Lincoln had mentioned

Published 4/13/2022

PETERS (ed.): Our Comfort in Dying (2021)

By: Jonathan M. Steplyk Category: Book Reviews

In "Our Comfort in Dying," Jonathan W. Peters brings together significant works by a Virginian who was notable not only as one of those who “rode with Stonewall,” but also as a major spiritual and intellectual thinker in the Civil War South.

Published 4/6/2022

WHITE: A House Built By Slaves (2022)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

In "A House Built By Slaves," Jonathan W. White offers a narrative of Black Americans pushing the president toward emancipation and Lincoln listening to their arguments....