Grant’s obnoxious order
He was Lincoln’s most intrepid general. But a painful lapse in judgment would tarnish his character for decades.
By Winston Groom
The lush Shenandoah Valley was known for its bountiful farmsteads. Until Sheridan’s Yankees torched them.
By Joseph Wheelan
Soldiers and statesmen
Service in the Union Army wasn’t an automatic ticket to the White House, but it sure didn’t hurt.
Fiasco at Fredericksburg
Tapped to be the new leader of the Army of the Potomac, Ambrose Burnside flunked his first big test.
By Christine M. Kreiser
The water is wide for two Federals attempting to assemble pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River.
Every president faces a shift in Congress after two years, but this halftime show was especially dangerous.
By Catherine Whittenburg
Field Notes Civil War news and history
Her War Slavery didn’t keep these women from revolt
Primary Sources Humiliation at Holly Springs
Cease Fire A good campaign needs more bite, less bark
In Time of War November–December 1862
Reviews First son, the roads most taken, wet warfare,
battle debris, a controversial case and a controversial classic
Struck! Be careful about firing off a letter