Vol. 19, No. 3: Civil War

Vol. 19, No. 3: Civil War

Our special issue commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Featuring essays on the birth of photojournalism at the Battle of Antietam, the struggle over history and memory in the pages of Confederate Veteran Magazine, Rebecca Harding Davis’s human stories of the war, a historian’s-eye-view of Charleston’s Secession Ball, poetry from the Poet Laureate of the United States, and much more!

Front Porch: Civil War

by Harry L. Watson

"The most powerful memories of the Civil War continue to be the personal stories, and while the transmission may be sputtering today, they remain the most evocative, both of the winners' frail victims and the losers' human pain."

Uncovering the Confederacy of the Mind: Or, How I Became a Belle of the Ball in Denmark Vesey’s Church

by Blain Roberts

"We started to wonder: did twenty-first century Charleston have separate—even segregated—tourism industries, one that focused on the city's white history and another that told of its Black past?"

“The Great Weight of Responsibility”: The Struggle over History and Memory in Confederate Veteran Magazine

by Steven E. Sodergren

"'In the name of the future manhood of the south I protest. What are we to teach them? If we cannot teach them that their fathers were right, it follows that these Southern children must be taught that they were wrong.'"

The Revenant

by Matthew P. Shelton

"I drilled until the book was lace."

Rebecca Harding Davis’s Human Stories of the Civil War

by Mark Canada

"'The war is surging up close about us. - O . . . if I could put into your and every true woman's heart the inexpressible loathing I have for it! If you could only see the other side enough to see the wrong the tyranny on both!'"

Maffitt, May 1861–September 1862: An excerpt from Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt, and the Coming of the Civil War

by Bland Simpson

"'No war? I have come to you directly from Washington City, where the caissons are rolling, where a great army has been gathering, where Lincoln is planning for war. Whether you are or not.'"

“Truthful as the Record of Heaven”: The Battle of Antietam and the Birth of Photojournalism

by John M. Harris

"'Let him who wishes to know what war is look at this series of illustrations. These wrecks of manhood thrown together in careless heaps or ranged in ghastly rows for burial were alive but yesterday.'"

“Mississippi’s Greatest Hour”: The Mississippi Civil War Centennial and Southern Resistance

by Alyssa D. Warrick

"From the outset, Mississippi's commission had a clear goal, evinced by its name. The Mississippi Commission on the War Between the States was unapologetically pro-Confederate, though willing to acknowledge, however begrudgingly, the Union victory."

“I Know It by Heart”: The Civil War in the Memories of John W. Snipes, Ralph W. Strickland, Edith Mitchell Dabbs, and Reginald Hildebrand

by Rachel F. Seidman, Rob Stephens

"'When my husband James was growing up, there was no race question. They assumed that was settled by the war. The Negroes were slaves and then they weren't. That settled it.'"

Elegy for the Native Guards

by Natasha Trethewey

". . . 2nd Regiment, Union men, black phalanx. What is monument to their legacy?"