Number 4 (September 2008)

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Americas Civil War, Volume 21, Number 4 (September 2008)
America's Civil War, Volume 21, Number 4 (September 2008)

74 Pages


John Brown Gordon’s Nine Lives…..28

by Marc Leepson

Confederate General John B. Gordon owed his life to luck, a bullet hole in his cap and a faithful wife with a whole lot of iodine.

Heavy, Slow and Ugly…..36

By Jon Guttman

USS Choctaw and USS Lafayette patrolled the Mississippi River and were two of the U.S. Navy’s oddest ducks; quite possibly the war’s weirdest vessels.

Uncle Abe Needs You! (really, really bad)…..39

by William Marvel

It took a lot of money to cajole men into the Northern ranks after folks realized just how bloody the war had become by the spring of 1862.

Jeff Davis’ Fugitive Government…..44

by Clint Johnson

Just before the Union army arrived, the Southern president left Richmond with members of his cabinet, hopeful he could somehow save the Confederacy.

Caught With His Pants On…..50

by Tobin Beck

“We have captured Jeff Davis, and by jingo, we got him in his wife’s clothes!” crowed 4th Michigan Colonel Robert H. Minty.  And so the myth began.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About the President of the CSA…..54

by Ruth Anne Coski

Jefferson Davis loved dogs and cats, married a woman nearly half his age and owed his wealth to his older brother.

Portfolio: Antietam’s Answer Man…..56

by Stephen J. Recker

O.T. Reilly was a Sharpsburg, Md., character who became one of the nation’s first battlefield guides and relic collectors.



Open Fire!…..11

Civil War News and History


Irritating, cantankerous Thaddeus Stephens.

On the Block…..24

Civil War Memorabilia Sold at Auction


A picture of the “23,000 luminaria” which light up Antietam battlefield every December, representing the men killed or wounded there.


1.      President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman by William Lee Miller

2.      1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See by Bruce Chadwick

3.      Civil War Goats and Scapegoats by H. Donald Winkler

4.      The Assassins Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson

5.      Planting the Union Flag in Texas: The Campaigns of Major General Nathaniel R. Banks in the West by Stehpen A. Dupree

6.      The Slave Ship Cotilda and the Making of Africa Town, USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors by Natalie S. Robertson

Civil War on the Silver Screen

1.      His Trust (1911) directed by D.W. Griffith

2.      His Trust Fulfilled (1911) directed by D.W. Griffith

Web Watch

1.      Save the Electric Map:


This pistol never had a chance.


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