Category Periodicals

A Toxic Mix of Anti-War and Anti-Abolitionist Sentiment Led to the North’s First Riots

This article by Jake Wynn appeared in the February, 2022 issue of Civil War Times. “The surging mass of armed men stopped the train full of Union recruits and herded the passengers out of their cars. The bold move occurred in Pennsylvania, sending shock waves across the Keystone State. Governor Andrew Curtin dashed off a […]

The American Civil War Through the Eyes of the French

Here’s Professor Gary Gallagher letting us know how the French viewed our Civil War. He tells us, “One of the great benefits of working in the field of Civil War history derives from the generosity of other scholars. Their sense of shared exploration promotes the circulation of materials that otherwise would remain unknown. More than […]

Fire-Eater’s Fantasy

Here’s a 2019 article from Professor Jason Phillips about Edmund Ruffin. It’s from his book Looming Civil War. “The irony is rich—avid abolitionist John Brown saved the life of Fire-eater Edmund Ruffin, and gave purpose to the Southerner’s life. Ruffin, a wealthy Virginia planter and slaveowner, was known for his scientific study of soil culture, […]

How the Union Tried — and Failed — To Capture the Confederacy’s ‘Gray Ghost’

This article comes from the January, 2023 issue of Military History Quarterly. “Dubbed ‘The Gray Ghost,’ Col. John Singleton Mosby became a formidable Confederate partisan leader—arguably, next to William Quantrill, the most famous Rebel guerrilla—during the American Civil War. Underestimated in his youth for his small, thin stature, Mosby was a scrappy lad who got […]

The Hidden Battlefield Where Black Troops Avenged Fallen Comrades — And Earned the Medal of Honor

This 2022 article by John Banks was published in Civil War Times. It’s about the battle of New Market, “where, on September 29, 1864, 14 U.S. Colored Troops soldiers and two of their white officers earned the Medal of Honor. The county owns the most important swath of the battlefield, now blanketed by a forest […]

Turmoil In Richmond: Joe Johnston, Jefferson Davis Command Alliance Was Doomed from the Start

This interview between Richard Holloway and Richard McMurry comes from the January, 2023 issue of America’s Civil War magazine. The interview marks the publication of Dr. McMurry’s latest book, The Civil Wars of Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate States Army: Volume 1: Virginia and Mississippi, 1861-1863. Here’s the interview: [begin quote] JOE JOHNSTON HAS BEEN THE […]

The Campaign for a Continental Confederacy

This article by Dr. Megan Kate Nelson is adapted from her excellent book, The Three-Cornered War, and appeared in the March, 2020 issue of America’s Civil War magazine. She tells us in June, 1861, in a meeting in Richmond, Virginia, former U.S. Army officer Henry Hopkins Sibley convinced Confederate President Jefferson Davis that he could […]

They Saw the Horrors of War: A Nurse and 3 Soldiers Describe Shiloh and Corinth

This article by Ph.D. student Trace Brusco appeared in the December, 2022 issue of Civil War Times. “Mississippi suffered greatly throughout the Civil War, but it was at Corinth where citizens and volunteers first endured the carnage of war amplified by a bloody clash deep in the Tennessee wilderness. Early on, gaining possession of Corinth—an […]

How the Civil War Created Coca-Cola

I found this article from the February, 2018 issue of Civil War Times, written by Melissa Winn. “John Stith Pemberton, a Confederate lieutenant colonel, served in the defense of Columbia, Georgia, during the Battle of Columbus in April 1865, where he sustained a saber wound to the chest. During his recovery from the wound, he […]

Fighting on Multiple Fronts

We have this column Professor Gary Gallagher wrote in January of 2019 in Civil War Times Magazine. “During the last weeks of August 1862, Dakota Sioux warriors cut a violent swath through much of Minnesota. Far to the southeast, Union forces battled Confederates in the campaign that led to the Second Battle of Bull Run. […]