Category Antietam

September Surprise

This book by Dennis Frye is a look at Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign. That summer, Lincoln was dealing with the slavery issue. He was a proponent of emancipation followed by voluntary colonization, but financing it would be a challenge. “Relocation costs concerned the president, but even more troubling was the escalating price of the […]

Southern Strategies

This book, edited by Dr. Christian Keller, a historian and professor at the US Army War College, is a compilation of six essays written by Dr. Keller and US Army officers who graduated from the US Army War College. As Dr. Keller writes, “To the editor’s knowledge, no other anthology of essays about the American […]

CWTR Episode 1912: Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns

Here’s an excellent discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Dr. Bradley Gottfried, concerning Dr. Gottfried’s book, Lee Invades the North.

After the Carnage of Antietam, Man’s Best Friend Stood Loyally By

This April, 2022 article from Scott Hartwig looks at soldiers and dogs. “Grayfriars Bobby, a Scottish Skye Terrier known for once guarding his owner’s grave in Edinburgh for 14 years, is an apt reminder of the deep and long connection and affection between dogs and humans throughout history. For as long as there have been soldiers in […]

Was This Logistics Genius the Union’s Secret Weapon in the Civil War?

Here’s a recent article by one of my favorite historians Scott Hartwig, on Rufus Ingalls. “During the 1864 Overland Campaign, staff officer Theodore Lyman marveled at the skill of the Army of the Potomac’s chief quartermaster Rufus Ingalls. ‘How these huge trains are moved over roads not fit for a light buggy, is a mystery […]

Battle of Antietam, Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s Scott Hartwig giving a characteristically excellent presentation at the Emerging Civil War symposium on the Emancipation and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The video’s description reads, “Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, talked about the lead up to the September 1862 Battle of Antietam and Abraham Lincoln’s announcing the preliminary Emancipation […]

Burnside Bridge Controversy: What Exactly Happened at Antietam Creek?

We have this article by Steven R. Stotlemeyer. “The fighting that occurred around Burnside Bridge at the Battle of Antietam remains one of the most controversial subjects of the engagement. It was in the vicinity of the bridge, known at the time as the Rohrbach or Lower Bridge, that a small contingent of approximately 400 […]


This article from America’s Civil War magazine discusses the fate of escaped enslaved people who wee at Harpers Ferry in September of 1862 when it fell to Stonewall Jackson’s troops. “The principal story of Maj. Gen. Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s victory at Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862, is already well-known. Two days before the epic Battle of […]

Lincoln’s Generals

This book of essays edited by Professor Gabor Boritt seeks to analyze the relationships between Abraham Lincoln and five of his top generals. As Professor Boritt tells us, “This book takes a hard look at the interaction of five leading generals with their Civil War commander-in-chief. The choice of the five lieutenants no doubt colors […]

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Returns

Today marks the return of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s Summer Symposium after a COVID hiatus. It’s the best five days a Civil War student has during the year. Here’s the line-up: Friday, June 10 Time Event 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check-in, College Union Building (CUB) 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Welcome, […]