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Civil War History

Civil War History Journal cover: Vol. 61 No. 2

Lesley J. Gordon, Editor

Kevin Adams, Associate Editor

Brian Craig Miller, Book Review Editor

ISSN 0009-8078
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June, 2015
Volume 61, No. 2

The Lincoln Administration’s Negotiations to Colonize African Americans in Dutch Suriname
by: Michael J. Douma

North Atlantic Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: A Case for Peace during the American Civil War
by: Niels Eichhorn


2015 Hubbell Prize Awarded

AboutCivil War History is in its seventh decade as the leading scholarly journal of “the middle period”—covering not only the War Between the States but the events leading up to it and the results flowing from it. 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
J. Matthew Gallman, University of Florida
Susan-Mary Grant, New Castle University (UK)
Chandra Manning, Georgetown University
Megan Kate Nelson,
Kenneth W. Noe, Auburn University
George C. Rable, University of Alabama
Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland—Baltimore County
Brooks Simpson, Arizona State University
Daniel Sutherland, University of Arkansas
Susannah Ural, University of Southern Mississippi
Brian S. Wills, Kennesaw State University
Brian Craig Miller, Emporia State University

Editorial Staff


Lesley J. Gordon received her A.B. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Gordon is professor of history at the University of Akron, where she teaches courses in the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. military history, and the Early Republic. Gordon’s publications include General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend (University of North Carolina Press, 1998), Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives (Oxford University Press, 2001), Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas (Louisiana State University Press, 2005); and This Terrible War: The Civil War and Its Aftermath (Longman, 2003), as well as several articles and numerous book reviews. She is completing a study of the 16th Regiment Connecticut Infantry in war and memory.

Associate Editor

Kevin Adams earned an A.B. in history with a minor in geography, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Berkeley. Adams is assistant professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on war and society in the United States since 1607, American immigration history, Gilded Age America, the history of the American West, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. The author of Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870–1890 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009), Adams is in the early stages of a second book project, a study that uses the domestic interventions of the U.S. Army in Indian Affairs, Reconstruction, labor disputes, and anti-Chinese riots to examine federal power in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Book Review Editor

Submit books for review to:

Brian Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of History
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 341-5573

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 presently assistant professor and associate chair of history at Emporia State University, where he teaches courses in the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, African American history, and memory in history. Miller’s publications include John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory (University of Tennessee Press, 2010) and The American Memory: Americans and Their History to 1877 (Kendall-Hunt, 2008), as well as articles and several book reviews. Miller is currently engaged in a study of Confederate soldiers who lost limbs during the war and editing the wartime letters of an Iowa soldier.

Submission Guidelines Submitting an Article

Send article manuscripts to:

Lesley J. Gordon, Editor
Civil War History
Department of History
University of Akron
Akron OH 44325-1902

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:

Brian Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of History
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801


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 the Press’s permission to do so.

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 Brian Miller 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 for review please contact:

Brian Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of History
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 341-5573


Civil War History Style Sheet

Style and Documentation
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Pagination: Number pages consecutively throughout the manuscript in the upper right-hand corner beginning with Arabic 1. Do not use running heads.

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.

Paragraphs and Line Spaces: Begin new paragraphs by typing a hard return. Use a tab for paragraph indents; do not use the space bar. Do not insert extra space between paragraphs. Line spaces or breaks should be avoided.

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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 Review Submit books for review to:

Brian Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, Civil War History
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of History
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801

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