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  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    The War in Their Words: ‘No Man Wavered’

    The Confederate 1st Missouri Brigade paid a high price at Allatoona Pass and Franklin In the foreword to In Deadly Earnest, Phil Gottschalk’s 1991 history of the 1st Missouri Brigade, C.S.A., Ed Bearss, retired Chief Historian of the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Laws of War | The Trial of Thomas Knox

    In 1863 a veteran newspaper correspondent defied a Union general’s order. He was court-martialed for the transgression.   IN LATE DECEMBER 1862, MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM T. SHERMAN opened the campaign to capture the fortified...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Generals We Love to Hate

    Every war produces officers who distinguish themselves with honor and prowess, and officers who earn a legacy of disdain. Early in 1862, when his effort to defend the Confederate heartland appeared to be on the verge of complete failure,...

  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    Interview With Ian C. Hope: West Point and the War

    Canadian military officer and historian Ian C. Hope combed through the records of West Point graduates and turned up 1,135 who served the North or the South. He began studying their education and how it influenced the Civil War. He found...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Last Hope at Jonesboro

    In the summer of 1864, four rail lines running through Atlanta were the Confederacy’s last best hope for survival. And Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman knew it. As Sherman slowly closed in on the city in July, he informed Army Chief of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Grant’s Obnoxious Order

    As with so many prickly issues of the Civil War, the controversy between Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews had its roots in the curse of cotton. By the autumn of 1862, the South’s last great cotton crop was in— picked and baled; worth tens...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘Terrible Has Been the Storm’

    William T. Sherman’s own soldiers were shocked by the destruction they left behind in South Carolina. On December 22, 1864, William T. Sherman offered Abraham Lincoln a special Christmas gift, namely the city of Savannah. General Sherman...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Demon of the Lost Cause

    Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History Wesley Moody; University of Missouri Press In this latest entry in the University of Missouri Press’ “Shades of Blue and Gray” series, Wesley Moody explores the myths that still...

  • MHQ Magazine

    William T. Sherman Joins the Navy

    Throughout the American Civil War, both sides understood the importance of railroads and rivers, the two primary means of moving goods and people across vast distances. In A Blaze of Glory, the first volume in Jeff Shaara’s Civil War...

  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    The War In Their Words: “On Account of a Bug”

    Multi-legged dangers lurked in camp and field. Civil War soldiers expected to duck bullets and bomb bursts. But Ohioan William W. Richardson discovered that a simple crawling creature could also lay a fighting man low, and even cause a...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Slavery, sex and sin

    On January 3, 1865, a little more than a month after Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops destroyed her plantation in Burke County, Ga., Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas sat down at her desk in Augusta and transcribed into her diary an...

  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    The War’s Biggest Blunder

    William T. Sherman had many opportunities to capture Augusta’s ordnance complex And didn’t even try In the June issue, we published Part 1 of author Ted Savas’ account of Georgia’s Augusta Arsenal in which he described the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Behind the Lines: Forty Acres and a Mule

    The Inside Story of Sherman’s Special Field Orders, No. 15. Most Americans have heard the phrase “40 acres and a mule.” Few, however, know it originated in a directive known as Special Field Orders, No. 15 (SFO 15), issued by Union...

  • AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE

    Signals Crossed

    Communication Failures Cost Forrest and the Rebels Dearly at Tupelo. The summer of 1864 was in many ways the Confederacy’s last gasp for survival. Ulysses S. Grant had gone east to take overall command of the Union Army, but he left his...