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Civil War History: Archive

March 2023, Volume 69, No. 1

Jan 19th, 2023

Civil War History Vol. 69, No. 1


Marketing The Dead of Antietam: Photographs of Death as a Cultural Commodity
By A. Maggie Hazzard

Taking Profits, Making Myths: The Slave Trading Career of Nathan Bedford Forrest
By Timothy Huebner

“A Dead Cock in the Pit”: Masculine Rivalry, Manhood, and Honor in the Civil War South
By Patrick Doyle


Patrick J. Doyle is lecturer in modern American history at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the United Kingdom. His research has been supported by such funding bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Council and US-UK Fulbright Commission and has appeared in the Journal of the Civil War Era and the Journal of Social History, among others. He is currently at work on a monograph exploring class, family, and nation in Confederate South Carolina.

Judith Giesberg is Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities and professor of history at Villanova University. The author of five books, including, most recently, Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of Modern Morality (2017), Giesberg directs the Last Seen Project, which is digitizing the advertisements taken out by formerly enslaved people looking for family members lost in the domestic slave trade.

Maggie Hazard is a historian of photography, nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual culture, and US cultural history with a focus on the US Civil War era. She has presented her research at several conferences, including the College Art Association, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and the Society of Civil War Historians and is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation. She teaches history of photography and art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and the College of DuPage.

Timothy S. Huebner is associate provost and Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes College. He is the author or editor of four books, including Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism (2016), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In 2018, he and his undergraduate students at Rhodes drew national attention for their efforts to erect a new historical marker at the site of the Forrest slave market in Downtown Memphis.

Lesley J. Gordon holds the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama. Her published books include A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War (2014) and General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend (1998). She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and her public talks have been featured on C-Span.

Krista Kinslow earned her PhD at Boston University, where she wrote her 2019 dissertation, “Contesting the Centennial: Politics and Culture at the 1876 World’s Fair.” Her publications include a chapter on the Centennial Exhibition in Reconstruction at 150, forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press.

Jonathan A. Noyalas is director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and a history professor at Shenandoah. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era (2021). Noyalas has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, among them the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Summer Perritt is a PhD student in the Department of History at Rice University. Her research interests include race, migration, and Civil War memory in the US South.

Joseph P. Reidy is Emeritus Professor of history at Howard University. His Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery (2019) was awarded the 2020 Bancroft Prize. He is president of the Southern Historical Association.

Frank Towers is professor of history at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil War (2004) and coeditor with Andrew L. Slap of Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era (2015).



Book Reviews

The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War, by Jonathan Daniel Wells
Reviewed by Frank Towers

The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century, edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson
Reviewed by Judith Giesberg

True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Clayton J. Butler
Reviewed by Jonathan A. Noyalas

Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War, by Roger Lowenstein, and Bonds of War: How Civil War Financial Agents Sold the World on the Union, by David K. Thomson
Reviewed by Joseph P. Reidy

Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War, by Lorien Foote
Reviewed by Lesley J. Gordon

Gettysburg 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics, and Historical Memory in America’s Most Famous Small Town, by Jill Ogline Titus
Reviewed by Summer Perritt

Contesting Commemoration: The 1876 Centennial, Independence Day, and the Reconstruction-Era South, by Jack Noe
Reviewed by Krista Kinslow