North & South Volume 8, Number 7

by Brett Schulte on December 21, 2005 · 2 comments

Here’s a summary for Volume 8, Number 7 of North & South magazine. For those of you who have never read an issue, I consider this, along with Blue & Gray, to be the two best Civil War magazines today. (Note: I haven’t seen much of Gettysburg Magazine, which I hear is excellent from everyone I’ve talked to.) North & South features extensive endnotes, highly detailed maps (including topographical lines in many cases), and a who’s who of current authors. I hope to make these short summaries of each issue of North & South and the other Civil War magazines I subscribe to a regular feature of the blog. Feel free to add any comments on articles if they are of interest to you.

Page 8
Albert A. Nofi’s Knapsack
Al Nofi’s Knapsack is a regular column in North & South that features
vignettes and other reminiscences of the late War Between the States.
In this issue, some of Nofi’s topics include President Lincoln’s speech to some 90-day volunteers in 1864, Scientific American and th Civil War, and the very short career of the Confederate raider Petrel.
Page 12
The Ten Greatest Successes of the Civil War
by Steven H. Newton, Keith Poulter, Gerald J. Prokopowicz,
John Y. Simon, Craig L. Symonds, and Steven E. Woodworth
As usual in this format, N&S allows the historians to choose what they believe are the ten greatest successes of the war. This is followed by discussions on what the others see as valid achievements or ones to be discounted. The Emancipation Proclamation seemed to be a runaway winner, especially as far as non-military events go. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign, Jackson’s Valley Campaign, Chancellorsville, and the March to the Sea were most often mentioned as military successes. I also found it interesting as a fan of military history that some of the panelists seemed to discount the military side of things. It was a WAR, after all.

Page 28
The “Dump Lincoln” Movements of 1864 by Mark Grimsley
Blogger and historian Mark Grimsley covers the three prominent “Dump Lincoln” movements of 1864, including the candidacies of Salmon P. Chase and John Fremont. He concludes that only Grant could have rivaled Lincoln after the fall of Atlanta made Lincoln successful again in popular sentiment.
Page 40
A Tragedy of Errors by Terrence J. Winschel
Terrence Winschel covers the disastrously unsuccessful command relationship among Jefferson Davis, Joseph Johnston, and John C. Pemberton during the Vicksburg Campaign. He laments Davis’ policy of trying to defend all points of the Confederacy, Johnston’s hatred of Davis and reluctance to come to Pemberton’s aid, and Pemberton’s lack of qualification for a field command and failure to escape from Vicksburg before it was too late.
Page 52
“Christmas Gif,” Empty Chairs, and Confederate Defeat
by Robert E. May
Professor May believes that the Southern Christmas tradition of bestowing gifts and time off to slaves was a major factor in keeping the slaves as “content” as possible in their role. He argues that the disintegration of this practice during the war was a major factor in fomenting discontent among the slaves and caused them to run away or hinder the Southern war effort. I personally did not buy the argument as very convincing, but I recommend that you read it for yourself.
Page 62
The War Between The Names by John M. Coski
Apparently John Coski, like myself, belongs to the “Comon Sense” Party. He looks to the writing and speeches of the men who participated in the war DURING THE WAR and concludes that the term Civil War was used quite often by both sides. “War Between the States”, on the other hand, was used only once. Coski points out that the most often used term was simply “the war”. However, the United Daughters of the Confederacy led a concerted effort in the postwar years to make “War Between the States” the official term for the war, even though many Confederate veterans preferred “Civil War” themselves. They largely succeeded in the South, but the rest of the country still used Civil War as the most common term. This was an interesting article and I’m sure one Kevin Levin over at Civil War Memory found interesting as well.
Page 74
Harmonious Discord by James A. Davis
Civil War musicians are usually looked upon favorably in the popular history of the war. They served to buoy flagging spirits and demoralize the enemy. James Davis discusses the negative ways in which musicians were viewed, both by rivals and by the people they were trying to entertain.
Page 84
Books reviewed in this issue:

1. Spartan
Band: Burnett’s 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War by Thomas Reid

2. The
Uncivil War: Irregular Warfare in the Upper South, 1861-1865 by Robert
R. Mackey

3. Yankee Autumn in Acadiana: A Narrative of the Great Texas Overland
Expedition Through Southwest Louisiana, October-December 1863 by David
C. Edmonds
4. The
25 Best Civil War Sites: The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Battlefields,
Monuments, and Museums by Clint Johnson

5. “Out
of the Mouth of Hell”: Civil War Prisons and Escapes by Frances
H. Casstevens

6. And
Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 by Mark Grimsley

7. The American Civil War Through British Eyes: Dispatches from British
Diplomats, Vols. 2 & 3 Edited by James J. Barnes and Patience P. Barnes

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Johnny Whitewater December 21, 2005 at 5:46 pm

I don’t think they’re discounting the military aspect of the war so much as they’re acknowledging that from a military viewpoint, a majority of the war was gridlock, and with the exception of a few campaigns like Vicksburg and Atlanta, even the most stunning tactical successes of the war produced limited strategic value (like Gettysburg/Chancellorsville).


Camp Logan Days December 27, 2005 at 3:23 pm

4th Annual
Camp Logan Days
Living History Reenactment

In the year 1867……

Did you know that at Camp Logan there was an officer who was an author? How about that there was an officer who came to Grant County who was later at the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Camp Logan was a military post close to present day Prairie City and was established in 1865 by the First Oregon Volunteers and then later occupied by the regular army. It remained until 1869. Camp Logan was part of the Department of the Columbia that consisted of the State of Oregon, Washington Territory and Idaho Territory and the Territory of Alaska was added in 1870. Other posts in the Department included Camp Watson and Fort Klamath to name a few. The Headquarters was moved to Portland from Fort Vancouver in 1867. These topics and more will be relived on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2006 when the 4th Annual Camp Logan Days Living History Reenactment occurs near Prairie City, OR. You will have the opportunity to step back in time and relive the year 1867 and see what life was like at the military camp and the town of Dixie. For more information contact the Event Coordinators, Andrew Demko (Military/Camp Logan) or Dianne Lesniak (Civilians/Dixie Town) at Prairie City School at (541) 820-3314. Camp Logan Days e-mail:

Camp Logan Days
Prairie City School History Club
P.O. Box 345
Prairie City, OR 97869


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