Author Archives: Brian Matthew Jordan

Book Review: The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

This handsomely produced, visually stunning book “examines the public’s memory of the Civil War and how the presence and lack of images of black soldiers influence our modern perceptions of the war in the archive.” Carefully curating a vast collection … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hearts Torn Asunder: Trauma in the Civil War’s Final Campaign in North Carolina

On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered what remained of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. But Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee—a much larger rebel force—remained in the field in North … Continue reading

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Bud Robertson: In Memoriam (part one)

Like so many Civil War historians of my generation, I first knew James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., as the talking head on Civil War Journal. With his distinctive drawl, the silver-haired Virginia Tech professor lent color and personality to the Arts & Entertainment network documentary series that I … Continue reading

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