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American Civil War

Behind the Lines: Olmsted at War

K. M. Kostyal | Published: April 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm
During the Civil War, Frederick Law Olmsted left landscape design behind to help create the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Interview With Civil War Historian James McPherson

Published: February 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm
As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War draws to a close, historian James McPherson urges Americans to retain the lessons from that nation-shaping conflict.

Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

Peter Carlson | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:55 pm
The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: "Where is your present residence?" "Lexington, Virginia," the witness replied. "How long have you resided at Lexington?" "Since the first of October last—nearly five months," said the witness, whose name was …

In the Valley of Secrets

Peter Carlson | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Virginia Mennonites helped Unionists escape the Confederacy on an underground railroad. Now their modern-day kin reveal the long hidden story

Copperhead - Movie Review

Neal West | Published: April 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm
In "Copperhead," his third film about the Civil War, director Ron Maxwell eschews the battlefield to create a film that examines the Yankee home front and Northerners who opposed "Mr. Lincoln's War."

Interview With Arlington National Cemetery's Patrick Hallinan

Published: February 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Patrick Hallinan, executive director of Arlington National Cemetery, discusses the sesquicentennial of America's most hallowed ground and plans for its future.

Book Review: American Indians and the Civil War

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm
American Indians and the Civil War accounts for the 20,000 Indian participants on both sides of that nation-splitting conflict.

MHQ Reviews: Holiday Gift Books, Winter 2014

Published: November 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Handsome photography, fun facts, and compelling stories for the military history fans on your list

Fiction: Fog of War in the Wilderness

Dennis McFarland | Published: November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm
A new novel conjures the surreal and grisly Battle of the Wilderness

Dignity in Defeat: Mathew Brady's Photos of Robert E. Lee

Robert Wilson | Published: October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Why Robert E. Lee sat for photographer Mathew Brady so soon after Appomattox

Ask MHQ: Stealing Enemy Thunder—and Tanks

Jon Guttman | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:34 am
What to do with captured guns?

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 …

MHQ Reviews: Notable Books, Summer 2013

Published: May 07, 2013 at 10:49 am
MHQ editors recommend great summer reads
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