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Year of American Decision: 1863 by Glenn Tucker
It is generally agreed that 1863 brought the military turning point of the Civil War. But this momentous year also introduced many fundamental changes in the industry, agriculture, and government of America.
The ‘Trent’ Affair by Jay H. Schmidt
When news reached England that an American ship had stopped a British vessel and taken off two Confederate diplomats, war preparations began. The editorial judgement of Prince Albert and the advice of an American bishop helped avert armed conflict.
Letters & Diaries: Washington Roebling by Elden E. Bilings
Mrs. Mary Ann (Mother) Bickerdyke–a Personality Profile by Jean Getman O’Brien
This large, muscular woman had a determination that could not be balked by a mere general.
A Century Ago This Month by Robert D. Hoffsommer
January 1863: Emancipation Proclamation, Burnside’s Mud March, Fitz-John Porter’s Court Martial, Black recruiting authorized, Arkansas Post
Aboard the U.S.S. ‘Monitor’ by Capt. Louis N. Stodder (as told to Albert Stevens Crockett)
Albert Stevens Crockett, now dean of the Overseas Press Club of New York City, was a young reporter for the New York Herald in 1906 when he interviewed Capt. Louis N. Stodder, then the only surviving officer of the famous ironclad Monitor. Mr. Crockett was able to overcome Captain Stodder’s innate modsty and persuade him to give the following first-hand account of the birth, short life, and death of that famous ship. At the time Captain Stodder told his story he was retired and living in New York. His hair and mustache were white, but, as Mr. Crockett recalls, he was still “erect of figure and had the air and voice of a strict disciplinarian, though with a keen sense of humor and an enjoyment of life.” Captain Stodder’s bried reminiscence helps take the saga of the Monitor from the realm of the legendary and make it real.
Wilson’s Selma Raid by Jerry Keenan
Like a modern Panzer army, a huge Federal cavalry force ripped into an untouched area of the faltering Confederacy in March and April of 1865.
Weapons & Equipment: Revolvers by Francis A. Lord
Confederate cavalrymen found revolvers better than sabers or rifles.
1. Civil War Guns by William B. Edwards
2. Gen. Leonidas Polk, CSA–The Fighting Bishop by Joseph H. Parks
3. Fallen Guidon by Dr. Edwin A. Davis
4. Dick Dowling at Sabine Pass by Frank X. Tolbert
5. Civil War at Sea, Vol. 3 by Virgil Carrington Jones
6. The Confederate Navy: A Pictorial History by Philip Van Doren Stern