Table of Contents – September 2008 America’s Civil War

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John Brown Gordon’s Nine Lives
by Marc Leepson
Confederate General John B. Gordon owed his life to luck, a bullet hole in his cap and a faithful wife with a whole lot of iodine.

Heavy, Slow and Ugly
by Jon Guttman
USS Choctaw and USS Lafayette patrolled the Mississippi River and were two of the U.S.Navy’s oddest ducks; quite possibly the war’s weirdest vessels.

Uncle Abe Needs You! (really, really bad)
by William Marvel
It took a lot of money to cajole men into the Northern ranks after folks realized just how bloody the war had become by the spring of 1862.

Jeff Davis’ Fugitive Government
by Clint Johnson
Just before the Union Army arrived, the Southern president left Richmond with members of his cabinet, hopeful he could somehow save the Confederacy.

Caught With His Pants On
by Tobin Beck
“We have captured Jeff Davis, and by jingo, we got him in his wife’s clothes!”crowed 4th Michigan Colonel Robert H. Minty. And so the myth began.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About the President of the CSA
by Ruth Anne Coski
Jefferson Davis loved dogs and cats, married a woman nearly half his age and owed his wealth to his older brother.

Portfolio: Antietam’s Answer Man
by Stephen J. Recker
O.T. Reilly was a Sharpsburg, Md., character who became one of the nation’s first battlefield guides and relic collectors.

DEPARTMENTS  

Letters

Open Fire!
Civil War News and History

Radicals
by Eric Ethier

On the Block
Civil War Memorabilia Sold at Auction 

Prologue

Reviews
Lincoln, Gettyburg’s electric
map and scapegoats

Struck!
This pistol never had a chance

 

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

Minie balls from O.T. Reilly's collection.
Minie balls from O.T. Reilly's collection.
More on O.T. Reilly:

Read the full story about Antietam relic collector O.T. Reilly and see more photographs of his artifacts.

ON THE COVER:

Jefferson Davis never got over the Confederacy’s failure.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS; TINTED BY AMERICAN COLOR; DETAIL BY KRIS WARRENBURG.

 

 

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