Dr. Letterman’s primitive MASH unit
Eighty years before Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John, Dr.
Jonathan Letterman’s revolutionary idea for a battlefield
hospital became reality after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Déjà vu at Cedar Mountain
Stonewall had already given Nathaniel Banks a good thrashing in the Shenandoah Valley. Now Banks was back for more.
By Chris Howland

The French connection
By the end of the conflict, some soldiers had seen more than enough of war. For a few others, battle retained a distinct allure. Even if the battle was happening in Europe.
By Peter Cozzens

Home-grown terrorists
For Southerners embittered by defeat—and Reconstruction—secret societies provided a militant means of retaliation.
By Beth Rowland

Hunley’s harrowing mission
The vessel’s voyage beneath the waters of Charleston Harbor made history. It also made the H.L. Hunley a death trap.
By Mark M. Smith

Down to the last detail
Artist Mort Künstler started his Civil War series in 1978. Here’s an exclusive look at his last piece—and at the artist behind it.
By Beth Rowland




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