Tag Archives: Gods and Generals

The Future of Civil War History: Meg Groeling

The society and culture that produced the Civil War is nowhere near as simple as military history would have one believe. To cling to these cherished simplicities–battle, campaign, and commander analysis alone–is to do little more than brush the surface … Continue reading

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Copperhead: A Case Study in Bad Marketing

Ron Maxwell has his fans and he has his detractors—but what he really needs is a good marketing department. Case in point: I recently ordered a copy of his movie from Copperhead from Amazon.com. At $5, it was hard to … Continue reading

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“Hey, General Burnside, why don’t we just wade across?”

Kris White’s excellent series on the bombardment and looting of Fredericksburg brings to mind one of the most enduring misunderstandings about the battle. The story goes like this: The Union army, trapped on the north side of the Rappahannock River, … Continue reading

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