Inside this issue:
- Ron Soodalter disagrees with Stephen Budiansky’s take on George Custer
Blue & Gray
- Gary Gallagher looks at The War’s Overlooked Turning Points and argues for the importance of the Seven Days’.
Your host writes about the Benson family and their compassion toward a wounded New Hampshire soldier at First Bull Run. Thanks to a couple of readers who jarred my memory of this a while back. Even though the house wasn’t and isn’t there (you’ll have to buy the magazine to figure that one out), it’s a great story that deserved retelling. More on this in a later post.
- Robert Behre leads us around Charleston, SC.
- James I. “Bud” Robertson recalls the Centennial.
Letter from the Editor
- The Sesquicentennial kicks off
- The Butcher’s Bill – Edward Bonekemper argues that U. S. Grant’s management of the war in Virginia wasn’t as bloody as represented.
- Eye on Arlington – Kim O’Connell’s text and Robin Holland’s photos document the ongoing renovation at Arlington House.
- First Blood at Big Bethel – John V. Quarstein on the June 10, 1861 battle in Virginia.
- Last Letter Home – Dana Shoaf presents a poignant communique from a 14-year-old Third Class Boy aboard USS Galena.
- Cradle of Secession – Joe Loehle photo essay on Charleston, SC.
- ‘Black Jack’ at War – Paul Bradley sketches John Logan’s war career.
- The American Experience program Robert E. Lee, reviewed here.
- Ural on URLs features HMDB. Friend Craig Swain gets a mention.
- Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War, by H. Donald Winkler
- Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War, by Andrew F. Smith
- A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry, ed. Joseph Reinhart (I previewed this in my column for America’s Civil War)
- Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War, by Gail Stephens
- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, by Eric Foner
- War News – Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War, by Brayton Harris, previewed here.