Civil War Times – April 2011 – Table of Contents

Features

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The Butcher’s Bill
Was Robert E. Lee the real “butcher” of the war?
By Edward H. Bonekemper III

Eye on Arlington
Lee’s antebellum home gets a much-needed restoration
By Kim A. O’Connell

First Blood at Big Bethel
Southerners triumphed in the war’s first land battle
By John V. Quarstein

Last Letter Home
Union sailor James H. Weber was just 14 when he shipped out for the first—and last—time

Cradle of Secession
Modern views of the Southern port where it all started

‘Black Jack’ at War
John Logan set a high bar for other politicians-turned-generals
By Paul F. Bradley

Departments

Mail Call
Custer criticism; Lee’s Virtual history; Tredegar’s armored car

Civil War Today
Stonewall’s house; Sesquicentennial news

Blue & Gray
The war’s real turning points
By Gary W. Gallagher

Collateral Damage
Virginia churchgoers saved a Yankee private
By Harry Smeltzer

Field Guide
Follow the secession trail in Charleston

Interview
James I. Robertson on the 1960s Centennial

Letter From Civil War Times

Reviews
New Robert E. Lee documentary; Historical Marker Database

Resources
Preserving Big Bethel; who were the worst political generals?

Characters
Caricatures by Mike Caplanis

2 Responses

  1. Amanda Westerhaus

    I am writing in regards to the April article “The Butcher’s Bill” by Edward H. Bonekemper III. I believe that the casulties listed in the article (“Grant, by the numbers, Lee by the numbers”) are inaccurate. For example, he has listed down that the total number of casulties during the Battle of Fredericksburg was 4,000+ casulties, and the Confederate casulties were 12,000+. Shouldn’t those numbers be reversed? Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville have been considered two of Lee’s greatest accomplishments on the battlefield, and there is no way that the Confederates had that many casulties. Did the columns accidently get switched? I hope that it can be fixed; a reputable magazine like this should make sure that the information is accurate so as not to confuse people.

    Thank you.

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    • Kelley Jenks

      It appears that the casualties reflected at Fredericksburg are not the only ones in error. It appears that Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor are also incorrect. There may be others, as the aforementioned battles are the only ones I checked.

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