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Civil War History

Civil War History cover 62.4

Brian Craig Miller, Editor

Frank Towers, Associate Editor

Ryan Keating, Book Review Editor

ISSN 0009-8078
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December, 2016
Volume 62, No. 4

Places of Exchange:  An Analysis of Human and Materiél Flows in Civil War Alexandria, Virginia
by: William G. Thomas, III, Kaci Nash, and Robert Shepard

Citizens of the County of Their Domicile:  Conscription and Confederate Citizenship
by: David Carlson

2016 Hubbell Prize Awarded

AboutCivil War History is in its seventh decade as the leading scholarly journal of “the middle period”—covering the entire scope of the American Civil War era, from the genesis of the sectional crisis through Reconstruction and beyond, highlighting the ramifications of warfare on society.  Its topics include slavery and abolition, antebellum and Reconstruction politics, diplomacy, social and cultural developments in mid–nineteenth century America, and military history.

In addition to the major articles in each issue, comprehensive book reviews assist the scholar in keeping abreast of current literature in the field.

As the outstanding forum for studies in this pivotal period in American history, Civil War History belongs in every major library collection, including those for students, historians, buffs, and the interested general reader.

Civil War History is especially seeking pioneering scholarship that investigates the cultural, social, and comparative history of the Civil War era. We encourage contributors and readers to contact us directly at

Board of Editors:

Catherine Clinton, University of Texas at San Antonio
John M. Coski, The American Civil War Museum
Jim Downs, Connecticut College
Barbara Gannon, University of Central Florida
D. Scott Hartwig, National Park Service
Earl J. Hess, Lincoln Memorial University
Kathryn Shively Meier, Virginia Commonwealth University
Megan Kate Nelson, Historista
Kristen Oertel, University of Tulsa
Paul Quigley, Virginia Tech University
Yael Sternhell, Tel Aviv University
Mark Summers, University of Kentucky
Emily West, University of Reading
LeeAnn Whites, The Filson Historical Society


Brian Craig Miller received his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He is a Dean of Instruction in Liberal Studies and Language Arts at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, where he still occasionally teaches courses in American History. Miller’s publications include Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South (2015), “A Punishment on the Nation”: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War (The Kent State University Press, 2012), John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory (2010), and The American Memory: Americans and Their History to 1877 (2008), as well as articles and several book reviews. His research has been supported by numerous fellowships, including a Mellon Fellowship from the Huntington Library and the Ballard Breaux Fellowship from the Filson Historical Society. Miller is currently engaged in a study of Walt Disney and Civil War Memory as well as a larger examination of the United Confederate Veterans.

Associate Editor

Frank Towers received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. from UCLA, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He is associate professor of history and Graduate Program Director, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at University of Calgary, where he teaches courses on African-American History, the Civil War; Reconstruction and the New South, and Historiography/Historical Method. Towers is the author of The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil War (2004) and coeditor of The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress (2011). His research interests include the history of race, labor, and the U.S. South; the Nineteenth Century United States; and political history.

Book Review Editor

Ryan Keating received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, his M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin, and his Ph.D. from Fordham University. He is presently assistant professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction, War and American Society, U.S. History through Film, Modern Ireland, and Digital History. Keating is the author of two forthcoming books: Many Shades of Green: Irish Regiments and American Communities in the Civil War Era and The Greatest Trial I’ve Ever Had: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Cahill, Colonel 9th Connecticut (Irish) Volunteer Infantry and his Wife, Margaret. His research interests include the American Civil War and Reconstruction with a special focus on soldiers, veterans, and families and the impact of the war on notions of ethnicity, identity, race, and gender.

Submit books for review to:

Ryan Keating, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Department of History
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Submission GuidelinesSubmitting an Article

Send article manuscripts to:

Brian Craig Miller, Editor
Civil War History
Mission College 
3000 Mission College Blvd., M/S #26
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Basic Formatting Guidelines
Most popular word processing programs in either PC or Mac platform may be acceptable, but Microsoft Word is strongly preferred.

  • The text should be double-spaced in 12-point type.
  • Text pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • Include the author’s name only on a separate title page.
  • Avoid acknowledgments or citations that might reveal the author’s identity to referees.
  • Manuscripts should run between 40 and 60 pages (approximately 10,000 to 15,000 words including notes).

Basic Submission Guidelines
The author’s name should appear ONLY on a separate title page, and nowhere on the article, notes, or abstract because all articles are subject to blind review.

  • Send an electronic copy as an email attachment to
  • Please be sure to include:
    • a 125-word abstract.
    • a short (2-3 pp) updated c.v.
    • Information regarding illustrations, photos, tables, or charts. Please note that authors are responsible for supplying print-ready artwork (see “Illustrations” below) and for obtaining written permission and paying related fees for the use of copyrighted material.

Books for Review

Submit books for review to:

Ryan Keating, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Department of History
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

 The Article Review Process

Civil War History receives more than 100 submissions a year. Of these, 13, or about 1 in 10, will eventually be published in CWH.

Initially, the editors read each submission to verify its suitability for CWH and to identify experts to serve as external referees. Depending on the nature of the particular piece, the editors will seek anywhere from 2 to 3 referees; 2 is the usual number.

The review process is double-blind to ensure author-referee anonymity and may take anywhere from three to six months to complete. Referees are asked to include—and go beyond—a recommendation about publication. Once all referee reports are returned to CWH, the editor, as a general rule, reaches one of four decisions:

  • An article may be accepted outright;
  • It may be conditionally accepted, pending specific changes;
  • It may be returned for revisions with encouragement to resubmit;
  • Finally, it may be returned outright.

Revise and resubmit is a typical outcome for a CWH submission. Authors should not interpret this decision as a polite rejection but, rather, as an indication that the referees recognize the manuscript’s promise and that the editor hopes the author will undertake the recommended revisions and resubmit the article to CWH.

The editor expects that manuscripts submitted to CWH are not under consideration by other journals or previously published in whole or substantial part (as a book chapter, for example). Kent State University Press holds the copyright of articles published in Civil War History. CWH authors who wish to reprint their article (in whole or substantial part) will need to obtain the Press’s permission.

Book Reviews
Every quarterly issue of Civil War History features a section devoted to book reviews—approximately 12-15 in each issue. Our reviews are generally 500-750 words in length, although the journal also publishes longer review essays (of 2,500 or more words).

If you are interested in writing book reviews for CWH please contact book review editor Ryan Keating at by letter or email. In your letter, identify the fields in which you are qualified to review and include a listing of your significant publications. CWH book reviewers are expected to have a record of significant (refereed) publication in the area in which they review.

If you are interested in submitting a book review, please contact:

Ryan Keating, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Department of History
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537-3917

Civil War History Style Sheet

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Headings: The Kent State University Press discourages the use of subheads and space breaks, preferring a carefully worded transition sentence. Where subheads are necessary, type them in upper and lower case and label in brackets [A head] or [B head] according to their level. Always leave one full line of space above and below all subheads.

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Permissions and Fees

Kent State University Press requires a consent-to-publish agreement from authors before articles can be published. Upon acceptance of your article, you will receive a consent-to-publish agreement from the editor. Complete the form, sign, and return it to the Press.

Material quoted or paraphrased from primary and secondary sources and tables and artwork reproduced or adapted from any source may require permission for use. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission and paying related fees for the use of such material. The editorial process cannot begin until the editor has received copies of all necessary releases.

Please note that authors are responsible for paying reproduction fees and obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials; however, the editor will gladly write supporting letters to the holders of copyrights for authors seeking remission of fees.

Books for ReviewSubmit books for review to:

Ryan Keating, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Department of History
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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