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American Civil War

MHQ Reviews: Blogging the Blue and Gray

Mark Grimsley | Published: May 03, 2012 at 8:47 am
Mark Grimsley recommends his favorite Civil War blogs.

The War List: Czars of the Pentagon

Eliot A. Cohen | Published: May 03, 2012 at 8:08 am
Eliot A. Cohen names the best and worst secretaries of war in American history

Unknown Soldier: Manning Ferguson Force, the Hero of Atlanta

Glenn W. LaFantasie | Published: May 03, 2012 at 8:04 am
How a bookish Ohio attorney inspired a Union stand against a furious Confederate assault

A Killer's Metamorphosis

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.

Letter From American History - June 2012

Editor | 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 …

1862: May and June

Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:49 am
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 on May 11, the crew of …

The Beast turned loose in New Orleans

Alan G. Gauthreaux | Published: March 07, 2012 at 11:47 am
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler cleans up and clamps down on the rebellious Crescent City

A surprise visit from Morgan's Raiders

Joe Johnston | 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, …

Emory Upton and the Shaping of the U.S. Army

Kevin Baker | 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

2012 Western Heritage Award: When Wynkoop Was Sheriff

Louis Kraft | 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

'John Brown's Body' - Stephen Vincent Benet and Civil War Memory

Gordon Berg | 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.

MHQ Reviews: Cain at Gettysburg

Noah Andre Trudeau | Published: February 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Historynet Image MHQ Home Page 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 …

John Brown's Blood Oath

Tony Horwitz | Published: November 08, 2011 at 3:27 pm
An excerpt from Tony Horwitz's new book, "Midnight Rising," about the militant abolitionist.

Adah Menken, aka 'The Naked Lady': The Original Superstar

Michael and Barbara Foster | 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.

'I Am Well and Hearty' - Walt Whitman's Brother in the Civil War

Gordon Berg | 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.
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