Category Periodicals

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Eleven

The Fall, 2021 issue of Civil War Monitor [Volume 11, Number 3] contains an article from Professor Allen C. Guelzo titled, “Rethinking Robert E. Lee,” based on his forthcoming biography of Lee. Professor Guelzo gives us a number of insights to ponder. Early on he points out, “estimates of Robert E. Lee’s skills in that […]

Commemorating Soldiers in the Press

Here’s a pretty good panel presentation on how the press in the Civil War depicted and commemorated soldiers through artwork, photography, stories, and obituaries. The video’s description reads, “Scholars discussed how the Civil War press commemorated soldiers in newspaper illustrations, obituaries, prisoner of war accounts and solicitations to fund monuments. This session was part of an annual […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Ten

In Military Affairs, Volume XLIX, No. 3, July 1985, John Morgan Dederer of the University of Alabama has an article titled, “The Origins of Robert E. Lee’s Bold Generalship: A Reinterpretation.” All page numbers in this post are from the article. He writes, “The origins of Lee’s bold, aggressive generalship have long puzzled contemporaries, biographers, […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Nine

I found this article from Volume XXII, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992) of Parameters, which is the journal of the U.S. Army War College. Titled, “Lee and the Operational Art: The Right Place, the Right Time,” it’s from the late military historian Jay Luvaas. Page numbers are from the article. In this article we find the source […]

The Trouble With Treason: Prosecuting Jefferson Davis

This article contains an interview between Sarah Richardson and attorney Robert Icenhaur-Ramirez of Austin, Texas. He found the trial was botched from the beginning. We find, first of all, Lucius Chandler wrote Davis’s indictment. “Chandler was the U.S. district attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, an appointed attorney. But the reason he was appointed […]

North and South Magazine Returns

You may have heard Founder and ‘Editor Keith Poulter restarted the popular Civil War magazine North and South. I always enjoyed this magazine and I’m happy to see it return. I purchased a copy at the newsstand to check out the new series. I’m happy to report the articles maintain the same scholarly standards as the […]

Face Facts: ‘Little Mac’ Outwitted Lee at Antietam

In this article from America’s Civil War Magazine, historian Dennis Frye overturns some treasured beliefs about Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, and the Battle of Antietam. In this article, we learn, “Make no mistake. The Battle of Antietam was a disastrous loss for Lee and the South. The popular myth that the battle was a […]

The New York Tribune February 24, 1868

In the turbulent administration of Andrew Johnson, Johnson stood with white supremacists against equal rights for African Americans. Arrayed against that group was a coalition of Radical and Moderate Republicans in Congress, along with Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and some other key individuals. Congress had passed the Tenure of Office Act which specified […]

Southern Moderates and Secession: Senator Robert M. T. Hunter’s Call for Union

This is an article by William S. Hitchcock in The Journal of American History, Vol. LIX, No. 4, March, 1973, pp. 871-884. The article looks at the writings and beliefs of Senator Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter of Virginia, chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, a man many historians refer to as a moderate in the […]

The Ultimatum of Virginia Unionists: ‘Security for Slavery or Disunion’

This is an article by Dean A. Arnold in the Journal of Negro History, Vol.XLVIII, No. 2, April, 1963, pp. 115-129. I’ve previously quoted from this article here. Arnold tells us, “In reality, the Virginia Unionists, as well as other Southern conservatives, were definitely ‘conditional Unionists’ who felt strongly that Negro slavery was more important than […]