Number 1 (March 2008)

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Americas Civil War, Volum 21, Number 1 (March 2008)
America's Civil War, Volum 21, Number 1 (March 2008)

74 Pages

Cover Stories: Why Reenactors Are Important

My 15 Minutes Out of the Attic…..26

by Robert Lee Hodge

From the cover of Confederates in the Attic to a “Primetime Live” television feature, a reenactor discovered the fleeting nature of fame.

The Magic of New Old Photographs…..28

Claude Levet takes reenactors back 145 years by using wet-plate collodian photography, just as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan did.


Runaway Slave in the Wisconsin-Canada Line…..34

by Tobin Beck and Lance Herdegen

Carolyn Quarlls fled from St. Louis on July 4, 1842, traveling to Canada with aid from a new network of people dedicated to helping slaves find freedom.


By Christopher Ryan Oates

Bouncing from success to ruin and back again through an endless series of scandal that included murder, Daniel Sickles rebuilt his reputation by raising troops for the Union.

Robert E. Lee Takes Center Stage…..48

by Tom Boeche

Bold moves by new Confederate commander Robert E. Lee convinced his Union adversary, George McClellan, to give up plans for a siege of Richmond.

Watch that Finger!  Raise Those Arms!  Make Your Point!…..56

By Allen C. Guelzo

The debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln showcased their differences in oratorical style as much as political substance.



Open Fire…..13

Civil War News and History.

On the Block…..20

Civil War Memorabilia Sold at Auction.

In the Halls of Congress…..23

By Eric Ethier

The secessionist climate of winter 1860-61 led to Congress splitting 2 for 1.

Letter From America’s Civil War…..25

Why reenactors are important.


1.      Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln by Gerald J. Prokopowicz

2.      Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the Defense of the Red River by Steven M. Mayeux

3.      Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3-July 13, 1863 by Bradley M. Gottfried

4.      Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President by Edward Steers Jr.

5.      Mark Twain’s Civil War edited by David Rachels

6.      Vital Rails: The Charleston & Savannah Railroad and the Civil War in Coastal South Carolina by H. David Stone

Blog Report

1.      Daily Chronicles of the ACW:

The Civil War on the Silver Screen

1.      Abraham Lincoln (1930)


1.      The Battle of Franklin: Five Hours in the Valley of Death by Wide Awake Films


Dan Sickles’ leg took on a celebrity life of its own after being struck by a cannonball at Gettysburg.


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