Book of the Week


Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War
by Stephen Cushman
foreword by Gary W. Gallagher

"From the lilt of Lincoln’s language to the barbs of Bierce and the pageantry of Chamberlain, Belligerent Muse takes readers into the complicated literary history of how the war was spun and how a national bloodletting transformed the writing of history and the history of writing in the United States."
--Stephen Berry, University of Georgia
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Glenn David Brasher: Top 10 Events in Civil War History, 2013

A year’s end always brings multiple “Top Ten” lists. The community of Civil War enthusiasts is not immune to the practice, usually creating lists of the best books. For fun, I humbly offer my own rankings, but they are not limited to books. Here in descending order are my top ten “events” in Civil War history for 2013. [...]

Video: William A. Link talks to The Civil War Monitor

In an interview with The Civil War Monitor, William A. Link talks about the fall and rise of Atlanta as a New South city after the Civil War. [...]

Video: Anne Sarah Rubin talks to The Civil War Monitor

In a video interview with the Civil War Monitor, historian Anne Sarah Rubin discusses her new role as President of the Society of Civil War Historians, her goals for the next two years, and how Civil War studies can make use of digital history. [...]

Glenn David Brasher: Historians’ Approach to “Lincoln”

At the Civil War Monitor, historian Glenn David Brasher reviews Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln and argues that the film should be judged based on what it was meant to be, not what historians would like to see. [...]

Video: Peter Carmichael “Behind the Lines” interview with Civil War Monitor

The Civil War Monitor interviews Peter Carmichael about the 2012 and 2013 Civil War Institutes at Gettysburg College and the state of public history. [...]