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  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Uncle Abe Needs You! (really, really bad)

    The Lincoln administration demanded more from Northern communities and trampled on constitutional rights as fewer men volunteered for the Union Army. The Northern optimists of 1861 had been dreadfully wrong. By July 1862, what they claimed...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Union’s savage politician who fought with sarcasm and wit

    Thaddeus Stevens was still just a state representative in 1840 when popular New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley declared him “a leetle too savage a politician.” Indeed, the hard-boiled Stevens was happy to shove his unbending...

  • MHQ Magazine

    What Took the North So Long?

    THE CIVIL WAR DEVASTATED THE SOUTH AND SAVAGED THE ARMIES OF BOTH SIDES, exacting a casualty toll that made it one of the costliest wars in modern times and the worst in American history. At the heart of the bloody struggle lay the grand...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Sherman’s Forgotten General

    Sherman’s Forgotten General—Henry W. Slocum by Brian C. Melton, University of Missouri Press, 2007, 292 pages, $44.95. Many of the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg defined the rest of their lives by how they had comported themselves...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Letters from Readers- April 2008

    Union Weapons in Rebel Hands Gerald A. Patterson’s article “Arming the South with Guns From the North” in the October 2007 issue examined the role of Paul J. Semmes (among other notable Confederates) in securing arms and munitions...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Fighting for Defeat

    Fighting for Defeat: Union Military Failure in the East, 1861-1865 By Michael C.C. Adams In December 1862, on the muddy banks of the Rappahannock River, a semi-literate soldier from Indiana became convinced that the Union Army was...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: A Volunteer’s Adventures

    A Volunteer’s Adventures: A Union Captain’s Record of the Civil War By John William DeForest The diaspora that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was not the first time New Orleans residents have been dislocated. In 1862 a tidal wave...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: George Stoneman

    George Stoneman: A Biography of the Civil War General by Ben Fuller Fordney, McFarland & Co. George Stoneman’s claim to fame is that he led the Army of the Potomac’s first great cavalry raid, at Chancellorsville in May 1863. Al...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: The Dark Intrigue

    The Dark Intrigue: The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy by Frank Van Der Linden, Fulcrum Publishing In his acclaimed 1991 study of Abraham Lincoln and civil liberties, Mark Neely Jr. concluded that historical scholarship over the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Lincoln’s Darkest Year

    Lincoln’s Darkest Year: The War in 1862 by William Marvel, Houghton Mifflin, 2008, $30 Even the best authors sometimes have trouble getting their heads out of the present and into the past they are writing about. This “presentism”—...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Snakes in the Grass

    As an embattled Lincoln faced grim re-election prospects, Confederate leaders plotted with Copperhead Democrats in the North to poison the race. In early 1864, as the Civil War dragged into its fourth bloody year, the embattled Confederacy...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Battle is Over

    Yankees, Rebels, and perhaps a notorious assassin, repose together at Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery. On a bright October morning in downtown Baltimore, I find myself surrounded by tombstones. Like obstacles in a funhouse, the grave...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Summer of Irish Rage

    In 1861, Erin’s sons and daughters embraced the Union war effort; but by 1863 their disgust with the draft and emancipation caused them to riot in New York. New York attorney George Templeton Strong remembered the morning of July 13,...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Thomas Ewing, Jr.

    Thomas Ewing, Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General by Ronald D. Smith, University of Missouri Press, 2008, $44.95 The name of Ohioan Thomas Ewing Jr. crops up in many Civil War books, mostly in reference to events in Civil War Kansas...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Standing By Their Man

    With the president in the hot seat, Northern leaders gather to pledge their support—if they could only figure out how to support each other. By the summer of 1862, Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was in a tailspin. The Union Army of the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Rebels in the Limelight

    Union troops used searchlights to turn night into day and overcome the Rebel defenders of Charleston’s Battery Wagner. Wars have a way of advancing technology much more rapidly than during peacetime, and the Civil War was no exception....