Grant’s obnoxious order
He was Lincoln’s most intrepid general. But a painful lapse in judgment would tarnish his character for decades.
By Winston Groom

The Burning
The lush Shenandoah Valley was known for its bountiful farmsteads. Until Sheridan’s Yankees torched them.
By Joseph Wheelan

Soldiers and statesmen
Service in the Union Army wasn’t an automatic ticket to the White House, but it sure didn’t hurt.

Fiasco at Fredericksburg
Tapped to be the new leader of the Army of the Potomac, Ambrose Burnside flunked his first big test.
By Christine M. Kreiser

Crossing over
The water is wide for two Federals attempting to assemble pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River.

Lincoln’s midterms
Every president faces a shift in Congress after two years, but this halftime show was especially dangerous.
By Catherine Whittenburg



Field Notes Civil War news and history

Her War Slavery didn’t keep these women from revolt

Primary Sources Humiliation at Holly Springs

Cease Fire A good campaign needs more bite, less bark

In Time of War November–December 1862


Reviews First son, the roads most taken, wet warfare,
battle debris, a controversial case and a controversial classic

Struck! Be careful about firing off a letter