Author Archives: David T. Dixon

What if…Garibaldi Had Commanded the Union Army?

The near catastrophe at Manassas in July 1861 left the Lincoln administration, the Union Army, and many citizens of the North in a state of shock. Just six days following the battle, the president directed Secretary of State William H. … Continue reading

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A Black New Hampshire Family Fights for Freedom

First Sergeant George E. Stephens of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry remembered the assault on Confederate works at Fort Wagner in South Carolina at dusk on July 18, 1863. Positioned on the far right of the regiment’s right wing, soldiers from … Continue reading

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Paving the Way to Harpers Ferry: The Disunion Convention of 1857

Civil War historians can be a feisty, contentious lot. Arguments concerning causes of the war, capabilities of key military and political leaders, and historical memory began raging only a few decades after the war ended. Racial tensions and divisive partisan … Continue reading

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Book Review: Radical Relationships

Radical Relationships: The Civil War Era Correspondence of Mathilde Franziska Anneke By Alison Clark Efford  (Editor), Viktorija Bilic  (Editor, Translator) University of Georgia Press, 2021, $32.95 – softcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon One of the great advancements in scholarship during the second … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Notable Bully

A Notable Bully: Colonel Billy Wilson, Masculinity, and the Pursuit of Violence in the Civil War Era By Robert E. Cray The Kent State University Press, 2021, $55 – hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon U.S. Civil War history is … Continue reading

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Battle of Rowlett’s Station, KY

Early December snow accompanied more than fifty thousand Union soldiers of the Army of the Ohio marching to Bowling Green, determined to oust the Confederates from Kentucky. Colonel August Willich and the Thirty-Second Indiana Volunteer Infantry formed the vanguard of … Continue reading

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Collaborating Toward a Global History of the US Civil War

Transnational studies over the past two decades have contributed much to placing the US Civil War into a broader, transatlantic perspective. Enrico Dal Lago’s review essay in the June, 2021 issue of The Journal of the Civil War Era provides … Continue reading

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Cryptic Entries: The Puzzling Diary of Captain Edmund O’Brien

Braxton Bragg’s army was in desperate straits. Defeated and demoralized from their stunning defeat atop Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863, the Confederates trudged southward, anxious get their artillery, supply wagons, and troops through a gap in the mountains at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave By Frederick Douglass, Introduction by Scott C. Williamson Mercer University Press, 2021, $16.00 paperback Reviewed by David T. Dixon Frederick Douglass hardly needs an introduction to students of the American … Continue reading

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The Iron Brigade of the Cumberland at Chickamauga (Part Two of Two)

The anonymous author of the pamphlet Willich at Chickamauga continues with the resumption of the battle on September 20, 1863: What a glorious morning ushers in this Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1863, and shines as fair a sun as ever gladdened this hemisphere. … Continue reading

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