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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Birth of Photojournalism

    How pioneering Civil War cameramen such as Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner forever changed the way the world views warfare. One day in 1897, the rap of an auction-house gavel fetched novice photo collector Frederick Hill Meserve a thick...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Combat Reporter

    Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead’s World War II Diary and Memoirs By John B. Romeiser (ed.). 236 pp. Fordham University Press, 2006. $26.95. Everyone knows Ernie Pyle and Bill Mauldin, but few remember AP war correspondent Don Whitehead....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Daily Chronicles of the ACW

    www.cw-chronicles.com/blog/ The blogosphere may be rife with insightful commentary about the Civil War told from a thoughtful distance of nearly 150 years,but what these sites often lack is the fresh,you-are-there quality of historical...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Gotham’s Newspapers Go to War

    A long with the war news of October 8, 1861, the New York Herald readers got an industry update from the newspaper’s founder and editor, James Gordon Bennett. Besides having perfected a new “stereotyping process” to improve...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Silver Satire: The Frontier Humor Of Newspaperman William Forbes

    He was hard-drinking, fun-loving and witty. When the first issue of The Humboldt Register rolled off the press on May 2, 1863, the information and entertainment-starved citizens of Unionville, Nevada, greeted it and editor William J....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories (DVD) Directed by Don Maxwell, Hannover House A modest parade of Ambrose Bierce’s wonderful short stories have made it to the screen over the years, but Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories is different in...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Confederate Correspondent

    Confederate Correspondent: The Civil War Reports of Jacob Nathaniel Raymer, Fourth North Carolina edited by E.B. Munson, McFarland Publishers One aspect that separates the study of the Civil War from, say, World War II is the occasional...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs: Harper’s Weekly

    In 1995 retired businessman John Adler hired indexers to digitize and organize his rare complete set of Harper’s Weekly, dating from 1857 to 1916. While the entire run of the periodical is restricted to those who have purchased access to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Dispatches from Saigon

    ‘Old hacks’ return to their Saigon haunts for a last hurrah 35 years after the fall. On April 29, 1975, the end of the Vietnam War was at hand. Helicopters were hitting pickup sites around Saigon in what became the largest helicopter...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Dateline: Gettysburg

    Lincoln predicted the world would little note nor long remember what he said; reporter Joseph Gilbert made sure we never forgot. The crowd was beginning to assemble when Joseph Ignatius Gilbert found his way to the wooden stage where the...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Out-of-State Papers More Objective

    As expected, newspapers geographically removed from the hysteria of South Dakota were more objective in covering Wounded Knee. The Washington Post enjoyed proximity to the country’s military headquarters. Dispatches from South Dakota and...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Pressing the Issue at Wounded Knee

    Many South Dakota dailies and weeklies attacked the Sioux in print, some even calling for their extermination, both before and after the bloody clash of December 1890. Historians often cite mistakes and misunderstandings as the reason for...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Frontier Editors Were Sometimes In the Midst of Frontier Violence

    Not everyone could handle the printed truth—or the printed lies. Being in the newspaper business on the frontier could be rough, and not just because of the long hours and ink stains. Editors sometimes put their lives at risk, and...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Unwanted Female Reporter at Wounded Knee

    In South Dakota to report on the aftermath of the December 1890 battle, Teresa Dean met hostility—not from the Sioux but from male correspondents. Reporter Teresa Howard Dean dismounted and joined U.S. Army Captain Frank Baldwin, an...

  • American History Magazine

    LBJ Meets the Press

    Let’s put this as charitably as possible and simply say that Lyndon Baines Johnson was comfortable with his body. The 36th president of the United States wasn’t shy about belching or breaking wind audibly. He sometimes summoned his...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs: Furman University

    history.furman.edu/editorials/see.py As we mark the 150th anniversary of secession, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the factors that led to the Union’s collapse. One site offers a wonderful opportunity to do this: “The...