Blogs

Published 7/28/2021

WYNSTRA: No Place for Glory (2021)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

With "No Place for Glory," Robert Wynstra has established himself as one of the Gettysburg Campaign's most capable modern scholars.

Published 7/21/2021

WAITE: West of Slavery (2021)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

"West of Slavery" by Kevin Waite weaves together the stories of the South and the West to tell a continental narrative of political ambition, economic striving, and social transformation in the Civil War era.

Published 7/20/2021

After Fort Wagner

By: Lewis Douglass Category: In the First Person

On July 20, 1863, Lewis Douglass, 22, a member of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry—and son of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass—wrote the following letter to H. Amelia Loguen of Syracuse, New York. The previous evening, Douglass and the 54th had participated in the failed Union attack on Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina. He would have written this letter only hours after battlle...

Published 7/18/2021

The 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Photo Essays

On July 18, 1863, Union troops commanded by Brigadier General Quincy Gillmore launched an attack on Fort Wagner, the Confederate bastion that protected Morris Island, located south of Charleston Harbor—part of the larger Federal attempt to capture the city of Charleston. While the assault failed, the men of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the African-Americann regiment commanded by Colonel ...

Published 7/16/2021

Bully Boys

By: Tracy L. Barnett Category: Articles

How a word with rough origins came to represent good times to the troops.

Published 7/14/2021

TRAMMELL & TERRELL: Civil War Richmond (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell's "Civil War Richmond" is the latest in a recent spate of monographs, essay collections, and guidebooks pertaining to the city.

Published 7/7/2021

STAHL & BORDERS: Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain & Harpers Ferry (2021)

By: Eugene D. Schmiel Category: Book Reviews

Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders' "Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain & Harpers Ferry" achieves very well its objective of personalizing and picturing, literally, the reality of the Civil War for the common soldier during the critical Maryland campaign of 1862.

Published 6/30/2021

BIELSKI: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy (2021)

By: Riley Sullivan Category: Book Reviews

Mark F. Bielksi's "A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy" engages debates about where the Civil War was won and lost.

Published 6/28/2021

Voices From the Army of Northern Virginia, Part 1

By: Gary W. Gallagher Category: Articles

Between fall 2013 and summer 2016, I contributed seven short essays to The Civil War Monitor as “Voices From the Army of the Potomac.” Collectively, they examined more than two dozen titles about the largest and most famous Union army. This essay begins a comparable series on the Army of Northern Virginia that will also discuss primary accounts of various kinds and include a few secondary...

Published 6/23/2021

KENNING: Abandoned Coastal Defenses of Alabama (2021)

By: William Bailey Category: Book Reviews

"Abandoned Coastal Defenses of Alabama" suggests the historical and military importance of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.

Published 6/16/2021

HESS: Civil War Supply and Strategy (2020)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Civil War Supply and Strategy," Earl Hess contends that victory rode on the work of quartermasters and commissaries.

Published 6/9/2021

DUNKERLY & CRENSHAW: Embattled Capital (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw's "Embattled Capital" provides proper context and reasoned interpretation to readers, rising above the realm of a 'you are here' guidebook...

Published 6/7/2021

Extra Voices: Fear

By: The Civil War Monitor Category: Articles

In the Voices section of the Summer 2021 issue of The Civil War Monitor we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about fear. Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include all that we found. Below are those that didn't make the cut.

Published 6/2/2021

HUNT: Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station (2021)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

Jeffrey William Hunt's "Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station" is a deftly written, exhaustively researched, and profusely illustrated history of a neglected period.

Published 5/28/2021

The Books That Built Me

By: Steven H. Newton Category: Articles

Civil War enthusiasts understand that historians construct campaign and battle narratives from official reports, maps, letters, journals, newspaper articles and the like. When reading an account penned by any popular author, there is an additional depth to be considered: not just the sources, but the preferences and interests of the historian. At conferences (and sometimes in bars) when historians...

Published 5/26/2021

NOE: The Howling Storm (2020)

By: Lindsay R.S. Privette Category: Book Reviews

Kenneth W. Noe's "The Howling Storm" is a magnum opus that successfully challenges historians to rethink all they have ever known of the war.

Published 5/24/2021

The Death of Colonel Ellsworth

By: The New York Times Category: Articles

On May 24, 1861, 24-year-old Elmer E. Ellsworth, colonel of 11th New York Infantry, led a group of his men from their camp in Washington, D.C., into Alexandria, after observing a Confederate flag flying from the roof of a building in the Virginia town. Determined to take down the banner, Ellsworth and his men entered the structure—the Marshall House, an inn run by pro-secessionist proprietor ...

Published 5/19/2021

ASHDOWN & CAUDILL: Imagining Wild Bill (2020)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown's "Imagining Wild Bill" is a well-written and accessible study of historical memory.

Published 5/12/2021

JEMISON: Christian Citizens (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Elizabeth L. Jemison's "Christian Citizens" is an important work about the intersection of religion, race, gender, and nineteenth century Southern politics.

Published 5/5/2021

TEMPLE: Whisperwood (2020)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

Van Temple's novel "Whisperwood" presents an illuminating exploration of Southern memory about the Civil War.