Civil War Times – February 2010

4 12 2009

The new issue of Civil War Times has been mailed.  The cover is one of my favorite photographs of Robert E. Lee, taken on the steps of his rented home in Richmond shortly after the surrender of his army at Appomattox Court House.  Lee’s face clearly shows bitterness and defiance – perhaps he was still in denial.  I saw the lens Matthew Brady used to take this photo, in Warren Motts’s Military Museum in Columbus (see here).  This issue includes two Lee pieces, one by Gary Gallagher (Do the Numbers Add Up for “Marse Robert”?), the other by Noah Andre Trudeau (Lee’s Last Hurrah, about his postwar tour through the South).  Other feature articles:

  • Guerilla War on the High Seas by Craig L. Symonds
  • “To Rise Again”: the salvage of  USS Monitor by Kristina Fiore.
  • Seeing the War Firsthand:  rare newspaper sketches by Helen Hannon.
  • “Mimic War” No More: Phil Sheridan’s and Jubal Early’s faceoff in August 1864 by Fred Ray.

I also have a review of R. K. Krick’s entry in Broadfoot’s South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set, The 14th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, of the Gregg-McGowan Brigade on page 66.  And on page 15, I have a brief news item and photo on the Potomac Crossing and Shepherdstown Battlefield Tour program I wrote about here.

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5 responses

4 12 2009
Jeffry Burden

The home is still there, in what is now part of downtown Richmond, tucked in between a highrise office building and a parking lot. If you walk into the lot, you can see the back porch, and the distinctive herringbone pattern of the floor bricks that is so prominent in the photos shot there that day in 1865.

4 12 2009
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Jeff. I knew the building was extant, and it’s on my list of places to see when I next get down that way.

7 12 2009
Chris Evans

Thanks for the heads up. I agree with you that it is a great picture of Lee. I have it hanging on the wall in my computer room.
Chris

30 12 2009
Jerry

Would love a print of that photograph. Where is it available?

Thanks,
Exgun

30 12 2009
Harry Smeltzer

I’d start with the LOC website.

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