by Keith Poulter
Letters to the Editor
Al Nofi’s Knapsack
by Al Nofi
Do You Know?
The Myth Of The Rifle Revolution In The Civil War
by Paddy Griffith
The author argues that the excessively wooded and hilly terrain of North America and the nature of Civil War armies caused battles to fought in the way they were.
No Myth! The Rifle Revolution
by Grady McWhiney and Perry Jamieson
A rebuttal of Paddy Griffith’s beliefs is here presented. McWhiney and Jamieson believe that the rifled musket was the driving force behind tactical innovations during the Civil War.
Glory To God! We Are Saved!
by Peter Tomasak
Late in the day on July 2, 1863, the Confederate division of Jubal Early assaulted East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg. Opposing his troops on the Union side were XI Corps units under Oliver Otis Howard, and to a lesser extent, men from Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps.
Parole Of Honor
by Mel Young
The prisoner parole system in the Civil War was unique. Author Mel Young describes the ways in which captured POWs were exchanged, including groups of privates for officers. The system in some cases depended on the honor of those involved not to take arms against the opposing side until they were properly exchanged.
“A Most Miserable Hole”
by Karen Gerhardt
Camp Ford, a prisoner of war camp in East Texas, is profiled. The Camp had originated as a training camp in 1862, but soon became the largest Confederate POW camp in the Trans-Mississippi Department.
Gouverneur Kemble Warren And Little Phil
by Stephen Sears
Stephen Sears discusses the relationship between V Corps commander Gouverneur Warren and Army of the Shenandoah / Cavalry Corps commander Phil Sheridan. At Five Forks, on April 1, 1865, Sheridan relieved Warren of command at the conclusion of a successful battle that all but assured the fall of Petersburg, Virginia. The author contends that Sheridan was wrong to relieve Warren, calling the result a “grave injustice”.
Decision In The West, Part IV: The Siege
by Al W. Goodman, Jr. (The Battle of Big Black River)
by Noah Andre Trudeau (Vicksburg: The Climax)