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Winnie Davis’s Love Affair

‘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...
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What Price Victory?

 John 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...
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Mrs. Lincoln’s Confidante

Snubbed by the Washington elite, the first lady found emotional support in the company of her dressmaker There’s a nighttime scene in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in which the president tells an...
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Notes from a Mississippi Cave Dweller

As Union forces closed in on Vicksburg, residents took to the hills To escape Union bombardments during the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in 1863, civilians retreated to caves dug into the hillsides...
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The Confederados

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...
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Lincoln images reconsidered

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...
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Letters – America’s Civil War May 2013

 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...
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May – June 1863

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...
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Virginia’s great divorce

Debate over secession ignited already smoldering differences until the Union finally claimed custody of West Virginia.
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How in the world did they shoot Stonewall Jackson?

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.
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Book Reviews – May 2013

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...
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News – May 2013

 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...
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The Big Squeeze

Union Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.
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The Other Lee

Everybody knows about Marse Robert—but Smith lee was the major player when the war began. What happened?
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News – March 2013

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...