Tag: Civil War

Launch of UVA Unionists

The Nau Center’s UVA Unionist digital project was released on May 4, 2021. We first began the project back in 2016, as a project like Black Virginians in Blue, meant to contribute a more diverse Civil War story local Albemarle County, VA, one that had been dominated by the Confederacy for many decades. You can visit the site here: http://community.village.virginia.edu/unionist/.… Read more →

“Black Virginians in Blue” Blog Post for Muster

I’d like to thank Dr. Hilary Green for the opportunity to write a blog post titled, Black Virginians in Blue: A Digital Project Studying Black Union Soldiers and Sailors from Albemarle County, Virginia, for Muster, the blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era, about our upcoming digital project, Black Virginians in Blue. The blog post goes over some… Read more →

Earl Hess and Digital History

(At the request of H-CivilWar’s Niels Eichhorn I wrote an essay about the state of Civil War digital scholarship. I republish it below with their permission.) Almost all of the responses to Earl Hess’s Civil War History article “The Internet and Civil War Studies,” both on Twitter and on H-CivilWar, have so far focused on the author’s fifth of six… Read more →

New Perspectives on the Union War

I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new edited volume of essays on the North’s war effort titled, New Perspectives on the Union War. The book will be released in June 2019 as part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” Series. From the publisher: “Edited by Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon, two of the most prominent… Read more →

Rosecrans: The North’s Great Anti-slavery General

Major General William S. Rosecrans enjoyed a prominence and popularity in the middle of the Civil War equaled by few commanders on the Union side. After his successful fight at the Battle of Stones River on January 2, 1863, the Republican New York Times compared him to Napoleon and other great military minds of the past, declaring, “Gen. Rosecrans, if… Read more →

Habemus Cover!

I am pleased to announce that Father David J. Endres and I have signed a contract with the University of Notre Dame Press to publish our scholarly-edited edition of David P. Conyngham’s Soldiers of the Cross: The Heroism of Catholic Chaplains and Sisters in the American Civil War. This book, never finished in the author’s lifetime, tells the story of… Read more →

Who Were the Fenians?: An Evaluation of Toronto Jail Records

The Fenian Brotherhood, organized in the United States in the late 1850s, was the American wing of a transatlantic Irish nationalist movement bent on the violent overthrow of British rule in Ireland. Led by John O’Mahony, the Civil War years saw the group grow in numbers, both in terms of members, equipment, and financial strength. While not exactly endorsing their… Read more →

Nuns of the Battlefield: A Tribute

March is Women’s History Month and a fitting time to recall the important contributions of Catholic nuns and sisters during the U.S. Civil War. Often neglected in studies of women or gender during the war, these courageous Catholic women cared for thousands of sick and wounded Confederate and Federal soldiers in every theater of the war. About 700 women religious… Read more →