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...

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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MHQ Reviews: The Last Invasion of Gettysburg

Gettysburg The Last Invasion By Allen C. Guelzo. 688 pp. Knopf, 2013. $35. Reviewed by Drew Lindsay THE CONFEDERATES ARE ON THE MARCH, advancing toward Gettysburg and destiny. Soaring spirits lead to...
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‘Saving Lincoln’ – Movie Review

The independent film 'Saving Lincoln' is a small, shining gem, a movie with heart and brains about Abraham Lincoln and his friend and bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon.
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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...
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When the people win by voting

Lincoln insisted the election of 1864 go forward—even though he was sure he would lose You hear it all the time, from Democrats and Republicans alike: The 2012 presidential campaign was the ugliest, the...

Book Reviews – March 2013

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 D. Scott Hartwig Johns Hopkins University Press 2012, $49.95 For nearly three decades, Stephen W. Sears’ Land­­scape Turned Red has been the...