The Journal of the Civil War Era

The Journal of the Civil War Era publishes the most creative new work on the many issues raised by the sectional crisis, war, Reconstruction, and memory of the country’s signal conflict, while bringing fresh understanding to the struggles that defined the period, and by extension, the course of American history in the nineteenth century.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 4, December

Beyond North and South Putting the West in the Civil War and Reconstruction
U.S. regional history owes its existence, in large part, to the study of the Civil War. Almost as soon as the Civil War ended, historians of the conflict identified regionalism as a central framework for understanding U.S. national history in the nineteenth...
Books Received
Barringer, Sheridan R. Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie LLC, 2016. Connor, Albert Z. Jr. and Chris Mackowski. Seizing Destiny: The Army of the...
Editor's Note
The essays in this issue are devoted to exploring the Civil War in the West, or, perhaps more aptly, they treat the war and Reconstruction as part of a long project of American empire building that resulted in a number of military conflicts, including...
Jefferson Davis and Proslavery Visions of Empire in the Far West
Snatching odd moments during sentinel duty at Fort Fauntleroy in New Mexico, William Need penned an urgent message to Secretary of War Simon Cameron in September 1861. Thousands of miles from the killing fields of Manassas, Virginia, where the Union...
Reconstructing the Great Plains: The Long Struggle for Sovereignty and Dominance in the Heart of the Continent
The history of the Civil War era is in the midst of a western turn. Just as the historians of Early America have adopted a continental perspective for their field, so too have the historians of the Civil War era widened their optics. They have begun...
The Civil War from Apache Pass
You are standing in an old wagon rut in Apache Pass, Arizona. The blue grama grasses undulate in the breeze and the grasshoppers whir around your feet. You are somewhat out of breath, as it is more than five thousand feet above sea level in the pass....
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