Civil War History

A scholarly journal covering the period of the United States Civil War from antebellum America through Reconstruction. Articles address a variety of topics in social, cultural, economic, political, and military issues of the time. Academic audiences.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, March

Layers of Loyalty: Confederate Nationalism and Amnesty Letters from Western North Carolina
In November 1863, North Carolina governor Zebulon B. Vance reported to a correspondent that there was "an astonishing amount of disloyalty" to the Confederacy in the mountain counties of western North Carolina. (1) Problems related to conscription...
Redefining Reconciliation: Confederate Veterans and the Southern Responses to Federal Civil War Pensions
When eighty-year-old Minnie Cave of Olar, South Carolina, learned that she was at last eligible to receive a federal pension, she politely remarked to a Newsweek reporter, "My, isn't nice of them to think of me?" Like hundreds of thousands of widows...
Who Were the Pale Faces? New Perspectives on the Tennessee Ku Klux
On Independence Day 1868, Wesley Alexander banged his drum at the head of a column of colored schoolchildren. He was leading a procession of freedpeople from Columbia, Middle Tennessee, to a grand picnic on the outskirts of the city. Alexander, a Union...