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American Civil War


Jeb Stuart: Immortal Confederate Cavalier

Gary W. Gallagher | Published: April 04, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Jeb Stuart's iconic image as an accomplished and flamboyant cavalryman has been sustained and burnished by admiring authors and artists

Portfolio: USS Monitor Interment

Published: March 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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MHQ Reviews: Fall of the House of Dixie

Bruce Levine | Published: February 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm
An excerpt from Bruce Levine's new book, The Fall of the House of Dixie

'Saving Lincoln' - Movie Review

Gene Santoro | Published: February 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm
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.

The Big Squeeze

Tim Rowland | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Union Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.

The Other Lee

Avis Elizabeth Johnson | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Everybody knows about Marse Robert—but Smith lee was the major player when the war began. What happened?

News - March 2013

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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 29, 1864, setting the stage for …

When the people win by voting

Harold Holzer | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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 longest and the most expensive ever. …

America's Civil War - March 2013 - Table of Contents

Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Features The fall of the House of Dixie Soaring inflation, crippling desertion, spreading poverty and mixed loyalties—who wants to be Jefferson Davis? By Bruce Levine The big squeeze In 1861, Winfield Scott presented a serpentine strategy for winning the war. …

Book Reviews - March 2013

Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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 gold standard among books about the September 1862 Maryland …

American Experience: The Abolitionists

Gerald D. Swick | Published: January 03, 2013 at 9:03 pm
"American Experience: The Abolitionists" is a compelling, 3-part series on the rise, fracturing, decline, resurgence and ultimate triumph of the movement to make all Americans free.

Book Review: Rise to Greatness, by David Von Drehle

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:52 pm
David Von Drehle's new book Rise to Greatness looks at Abraham Lincoln's tenuous hold on the Union in 1862, before he assumed the mantle of America's greatest president.

DVD Review: American Experience: Death and the Civil War, by PBS

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Death and the Civil War, a recent offering in PBS' American Experience series, looks at the war through the lens of Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed 2008 book This Republic of Suffering, tolling the cost of the war in lives and suffering.

Book Reviews - January 2013

Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Hood's Texas Brigade in the Civil War Edward B. Williams McFarland & Co. 2012, $45 The last men in the ragged gray line to emerge from the chilly morning mists and stack arms one final time were from Texas. They …

Ready for his close-up?

Harold Holzer | Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Abraham Lincoln took full advantage of what passed for the modern media in 1863 Between the last month of 1862 and the first hours of 1863, Abraham Lincoln came to terms with his own immortality. In his an­nual message to …

News - January 2013

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Commemorating with caution During the sesquicentennial, just how far can Southern sympathizers go without being flagged for excessive celebration? Separating the South's military heroes from their personally held beliefs and the perception they were fighting in defense of slavery has …
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