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America’s Civil War

Winnie Davis's Love Affair

Heath Lee | Published: March 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm
'I will never consent' All's not quite fair in love and war for the daughter of Jefferson Davis Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, younger daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife, Varina Howell Davis, was born in June …

What Price Victory?

Peter Cozzen | Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:29 am
 Battle of Chickamauga. Picture courtesy of Library of CongressJohn Bell Hood's success at Chickamauga proves costly The Confederacy suffered three staggering military disasters in July 1863. Stunned Southerners struggled to grasp the unthinkable. General Robert E. Lee was …

Mrs. Lincoln's Confidante

Peter Cozzens | Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:28 am
Snubbed by the Washington elite, the first lady found emotional support in the company of her dressmakerElizabeth Keckley. Picture courtesy of Library of Congress. There's a nighttime scene in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln in which the president tells an African-American …

Notes from a Mississippi Cave Dweller

Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:28 am
As Union forces closed in on Vicksburg, residents took to the hillsVicksburg caves. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress. To escape Union bombardments during the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in 1863, civilians retreated to caves dug into the …

The Confederados

Ron Soodalter | Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:28 am
Defiant Rebels bolted for Brazil rather than accept defeat It's a Fourth of July celebration with all the earmarks of a scene from Gone With the Wind, or at least a county fair in the most "unreconstructed" corners of Mississippi …

America's Civil War - May 2013 - Table of Contents

Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:16 am
FeaturesClick to subscribe to America's Civil War How in the world did they shoot Jackson? The forest at Chancellorsville was so thick that hitting anything was nearly impossible. No wonder they called it the Wilderness. By Kristopher D. White …

Lincoln images reconsidered

Harold Holzer | Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:15 am
No event of the 19th century aroused as much enthusiasm, controversy and culture change as the presidential proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. Writers and artists of the day immediately and instinctively understood that Abraham Lincoln's proclamation changed everything, first …

Letters - America's Civil War May 2013

Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:15 am
 Clear and concise I've always liked America's Civil War, but the March issue was great and particularly easy to understand. I am not a military person, nor am I well versed in mapmaking. I am often confounded by descriptions …

May - June 1863

Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:14 am
May 1-4 – The Army of Northern Virginia wins a decisive battle at Chancellorsville, Va. 1-2 – Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant drive Rebels from Port Gibson in Mississippi, opening a path to Vicksburg. 2 – Confederate …

Virginia's great divorce

Gerald D. Swick | Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:14 am
Debate over secession ignited already smoldering differences until the Union finally claimed custody of West Virginia.

How in the world did they shoot Stonewall Jackson?

Kristopher D. White and Chris Mackowski | Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:12 am
It’s one of the best-known stories of the Civil War: Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is accidentally shot by his own men during the Battle of Chancellorsville and then dies a few days later. His death, perhaps, alters the course of the war itself.

Book Reviews - May 2013

Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:10 am
Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers, Casemate 2012, $32.95 The 12 months covered in this book—June 1862 to June 1863—arguably marked Jeb Stuart's zenith as the Army …

News - May 2013

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:10 am
 Fredericksburg basement a Civil War time capsule In what has proved to be a treasure trove for Civil War historians and archaeologists, a recently uncovered basement from a long-gone house on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg, Va., reveals what might be called …

The Big Squeeze

Tim Rowland | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Union Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.

The Other Lee

Avis Elizabeth Johnson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Everybody knows about Marse Robert—but Smith lee was the major player when the war began. What happened?

News - March 2013

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm
Newly recovered Hood papers refute Spring Hill story Confederate General John Bell Hood has always been blamed for allowing Union Maj. Gen. John Schofield to slip past him at Spring Hill, Tenn., on November 29, 1864, setting the stage for …
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