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.
Clarissa Confer's book The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War gives the Indian perspective of the tribe's decision to side with the Confederacy and the dire consequences.
Mark Grimsley recommends his favorite Civil War blogs.
Eliot A. Cohen names the best and worst secretaries of war in American history
How a bookish Ohio attorney inspired a Union stand against a furious Confederate assault
Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.
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...
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...
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler cleans up and clamps down on the rebellious Crescent City
Thomas Lewis had avoided war -- until it invaded his own farm
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...
How one soldier’s combat experiences and study of the world's great military powers led to a tactical revolution
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' 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 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...
An excerpt from Tony Horwitz's new book, "Midnight Rising," about the militant abolitionist.