How Washington got its police force
Frustrated soldiers, stung by the loss at Bull Run, ran amok in the capital—until the president stepped in.
By Ron Soodalter
A different kind of naval warfare
To at least one Rebel observer, the Monitor looked like a “tin can on a shingle.” Oh, the damage a tin can wrought.
By Anna Gibson Holloway
New wave warships
A couple of ironclads make a startling debut, and pretty soon everybody wants one. Whatever floats your boat.
Fearless French Mary
Her accent, her keg and that Remington .44 made Mary Tepe a legend in the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
By Peter Cozzens
The weakest link
Pinkerton’s best spy had fallen silent in Richmond, so two more set off to find him. And that’s what sealed his fate.
By Jay Bonansinga
Rebel conspiracy on the Great Lakes
If the Confederacy couldn’t win the war on the battlefield in the South, why not try to win on the water in the North?
By Andrew Hind
Civil War news and history
The historian who kept students current
A first time for everything at Fort Hatteras
Shiloh’s impressions could be deceiving
In Time of War
Inside John Brown’s head, Grant’s last battle, raising Cain at Gettysburg, a Manassas showdown and a Rebel family affair
You can keep your hat on—or not