The Ongoing Civil War: New Versions of Old Stories

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In 1997, John Stanchak, an editor at Cowles Enthusiast Media (now part of Primedia), realized his vision of “a publication that contained the best, most up-to-date scholarship on the [Civil] war, but was edited with the amateur historian in mind,” with the publication of Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War between the States. In the four years the journal was published, it strived to lessen the rift between the scholarly world of professional historians and the “popular” history with which the general reader is more familiar. Now, a selection of the essays that best represent the successful balance between “serious scholarship” and a narrative reading style preferred by the educated layman has been collected in The Ongoing Civil War.

The nine essays, written by such distinguished scholars as John Marszalek, Albert Castel, Archer Jones, Mark Snell, Noah Trudeau, and others, provide deeper insight into the war, introduce the general reader to unsung heroes, and correct some popular misrepresentations of history. They cover a range of topics as diverse as conflict among commanders, the supply runs vital to the Union victory at Gettysburg, the network of scouts and spies used by Robert E. Lee, and the painstaking process of organizing and publishing the Official Records. The synergy of sophisticated research combined with a compelling narrative style makes The Ongoing Civil War an enjoyable, informative work suitable for scholars and the general reader alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215246
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Shades of Blue and Gray Series, #1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War (University of Missouri Press), Why the South Lost the Civil War, and How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War, all past selections of the History Book Club.

Ethan S. Rafuse is the author of A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas and George Gordon Meade and the War in the East. He is Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Table of Contents

The professional historian and "popular history" 13
"Old brains" was brainy after all 26
McClellan, von Clausewitz, and the politics of war 40
Franklin Pierce and the Civil War 58
Union lifeline 74
Before the wilderness : what Lee knew 98
History in hindsight : William T. Sherman and Sooy Smith 109
Philatelic pugilists 127
To "mold the judgment of history" 139
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