American Civil War
Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Tall Tree Tale
When Harold Holzer made his first pilgrimage years ago to the cottage on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., that was President Abraham Lincoln's favorite retreat, one living relic seemed to capture the site's original spirit: a gigantic …
Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:49 am
Lincoln urges farmers to go west, McClellan stalls and a new Rebel commander takes over
3 – Confederate General Joseph Johnston orders troops to evacuate Norfolk, Va. Evacuation is completed May 10, and on May 11, the crew of …
Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:47 am
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler cleans up and clamps down on the rebellious Crescent City
Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:46 am
Thomas Lewis had avoided war -- until it invaded his own farm
Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:45 am
American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, by David W. Blight,
Belknap Press , 2011, $27.95
Just before his death in 1870, Robert E. Lee wrote in a letter to a former aide, Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, …
Published: March 01, 2012 at 2:58 pm
How one soldier’s combat experiences and study of the world's great military powers led to a tactical revolution
Published: March 01, 2012 at 11:56 am
The Army officer best known for his vocal criticism of the 1864 Sand Creek massacre was once a ‘wildcat sort of fellow’ who dished out his own brand of frontier justice in Kansas Territory
Published: February 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm
'John Brown's Body' by Stephen Vincent Benet, published in 1928, remains a vibrant tapestry of America's diversity and its unity, its 15,000 lines re-imagining the Civil War as Lincoln understood it.
Published: February 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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Cain at Gettysburg
By Ralph Peters. 432 pp. Forge, 2012. $25.99.
Reviewed by Noah Andre Trudeau
I confess to being a fan of Civil War fiction involving real battles. Over the years I've come to …
Published: November 08, 2011 at 3:27 pm
An excerpt from Tony Horwitz's new book, "Midnight Rising," about the militant abolitionist.
Published: September 08, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Adah Isaacs Menken, aka “The Naked Lady,” may have begun life as a poor girl from New Orleans, but with talent and courage she became THE outstanding actress during the era of America's Civil War.
Published: August 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Walt Whitman has the reputation as a Civil War writer, but it was his younger brother, George Washington Whitman, who saw the war up close and personal as a member of Company K, 51st New York Volunteer Infantry.
Published: August 03, 2011 at 12:56 pm
In Winston Churchill’s fanciful alternative history, Robert E. Lee wins at Gettysburg, and Jeb Stuart prevents World War I
Published: August 03, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Historian Gary W. Gallagher picks Union and Confederate officers whose hype doesn't match reality.
Published: July 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Nearly 9,000 Civil War reenactors staged battle re-creations as part of the activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Manassas/Battle of Bull Run.
Published: July 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm
A volunteer at the Manassas National Battlefield Park talks about portraying history while wearing 45 pounds of clothing and accoutrements in summer heat, the questions visitors ask, and why he does it.