Essays and Articles
About The
American Civil War

The following essays/articles were written by history professors, historians, authors, etc. who have vast experience in documenting the American Civil War. Some have chosen to remain anonymous not because they are ashamed of their name, but instead chose to use the "handle" they go by in the Civil War Chat Room. This allows all their friends to know just who wrote the piece.
Key Moments in the Civil War This is the opening salvo of a series of articles that are being written to try to show the key decisions that were made that affected the outcome of the war. A really good "What If?" discussion that allows you to draw your own conclusions.
Joe Johnston Was he the South's finest general? How did he match up against Lee? Not often you get to see two generals who fought for the same side compared. This is the second in a series of articles to allow you to ponder the age old question of "what if?"
Lincoln Vs Davis This is the third in a series of articles that continues to ask the question "what if?" This one clearly defines the stark differences between these two leaders.
Napoleonic Arithmetic A great analytical look at the battle of Gettysburg. This one is gonna start you thinking.
Stuart at Gettysburg Think Stuart was out just out "horsn' around?" Better think again. Take a look.
Confederate Strategy Do you think if the Confederates had used a different defensive strategy in the Civil War the outcome would have be different? Here's someone that presents a very good case for it. This article was written by a Civil War Reenactor and a long time student of the late Rebellion. He has written several articles for his unit's newsletter as well as for this website. I think you will enjoy.
The Battle of Nashville Did you know that Thomas was accused of having a case of the "slows" at this battle? Wasn't Lincoln that said it, it was Grant! Thomas dang near got fired over this one. You gotta read about it to appreciate it.
Light Cavalry Vs Dragoons Every thought about the difference between these two mounted units? Heck, they both ride horses. I thought that was all that need be known. Well, I guess we all better think again. Big difference!
Porter Court Martial Really good description of 2nd Manassas. Ties it all together!
The Chattanooga Campaign Probably one of the finest descriptions of this very complex campaign that you will ever read.
The Red River Campaign

Another great description of a very complex campaign.

Union Cavalry

A great, short write-up on how the Union Cavalry was under utilized!

McClellan, A Historians View Think you know about "Little Mac?" Better think again. Take a look.
The Pipe Creek Line Think you got all the answers to the "What Ifs" of Gettysburg (Ewell had taken the hill, Stuart had been there on time, etc.)? Did you ever consider Meade's position? Take a look at this beauty and I think you will get a whole new prospective on the What Ifs of the Battle of Gettysburg. This article was written by a long time student of the late Rebellion and one of the true "experts " on the Battle of Gettysburg.
An Incident At Gettysburg A great little story that was told to a friend of mine by his Great Great Grandfather. Warriors haven't changed that much in 135 years.
The Art of War "The Art of War (Machiavelli, Vauban, and Frederick ) Civil War Implications of Tactics" is a great essay on how some of the tactics of the military geniuses of the past applied to the Civil War!
Defense In Depth A great explanation of John Buford's first day defensive action at the battle of Gettysburg.
The Myth of the Confederacy An interesting essay on how a Brit views our late unpleasantness.
That Dark and Bloody Ground A very good essay on the Kentucky Campaign of 1861.

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