article placeholder

September – October 1862

General Lee heads north, producing a bloodbath in Maryland. And Abraham Lincoln presses emancipation September 2 - In the aftermath of the Union’s second loss at Bull Run, George McClellan is restored...
article placeholder

Abraham Lincoln’s Refuge

In the summer of 1862, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation at a roomy cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers Home outside Washington, D.C.
article placeholder

A Killer’s Metamorphosis

Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.
article placeholder

Letter From American History – June 2012

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...
article placeholder

1862: May and June

Lincoln urges farmers to go west, McClellan stalls and a new Rebel commander takes over May 3 - Confederate General Joseph Johnston orders troops to evacuate Norfolk, Va. Evacuation is completed May 10, and...
article placeholder

Reviews

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...