American Civil War
Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Union Pundits laughed at Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda” plan—until it worked.
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?
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 …
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. …
Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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. …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Published: November 08, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Abraham LIncoln writes the Emancipation Proclamation. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
Lincoln's famous flair for words couldn't compete with the gravity of emancipation
When it was first issued, even Northerners who recognized it as a second Declaration of Independence …
Published: September 06, 2012 at 4:13 pm
The Long Road to Antietam, by Richard Slotkin, draws connections between the Union victory at that bloody 1862 battle and Lincoln's decision to free the slaves.
Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm
War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson University of North Carolina Press, 2012, $36
James M. McPherson, perhaps the greatest historian of the Civil War, continues to find aspects of the conflict that …
Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm
I am so excited to see the new department "Her War" in America's Civil War. Although the magazine has always included wonderful features about women, this new title is so eye-catching, and with a smile, I say it's …