|Year of American
Decision: 1863 by Glenn Tucker
|It is generally agreed
that 1863 brought the military turning point of the Civil War.
But this momentous year also introduced many fundamental changes in the
industry, agriculture, and government of America.
|The 'Trent' Affair by Jay H. Schmidt
|When news reached England that an American
ship had stopped a British vessel and taken off two Confederate
diplomats, war preparations began. The editorial judgement of
Prince Albert and the advice of an American bishop helped avert armed
Diaries: Washington Roebling by Elden E. Bilings
|Mrs. Mary Ann (Mother)
Bickerdyke--a Personality Profile by Jean Getman O'Brien
|This large, muscular woman had a
determination that could not be balked by a mere general.
|A Century Ago This
Month by Robert D. Hoffsommer
|January 1863: Emancipation Proclamation,
Burnside's Mud March, Fitz-John Porter's Court Martial, Black
recruiting authorized, Arkansas Post
|Aboard the U.S.S.
'Monitor' by Capt. Louis N. Stodder (as told to Albert Stevens Crockett)
|Albert Stevens Crockett,
now dean of the Overseas Press Club of New York City, was a young
reporter for the New York Herald in 1906 when he interviewed Capt.
Louis N. Stodder, then the only surviving officer of the famous
ironclad Monitor. Mr.
Crockett was able to overcome Captain Stodder's innate modsty and
persuade him to give the following first-hand account of the birth,
short life, and death of that famous ship. At the time Captain
Stodder told his story he was retired and living in New York. His
hair and mustache were white, but, as Mr. Crockett recalls, he was
still "erect of figure and had the air and voice of a strict
disciplinarian, though with a keen sense of humor and an enjoyment of
life." Captain Stodder's bried reminiscence helps take the saga
of the Monitor from the realm
of the legendary and make it real.
Raid by Jerry Keenan
|Like a modern Panzer army,
a huge Federal cavalry force ripped into an untouched area of the
faltering Confederacy in March and April of 1865.
Equipment: Revolvers by Francis A. Lord
found revolvers better than sabers or rifles.
Civil War Guns by
William B. Edwards
2. Gen. Leonidas Polk, CSA--The
Fighting Bishop by Joseph H. Parks
3. Fallen Guidon by Dr. Edwin
4. Dick Dowling at Sabine Pass
by Frank X. Tolbert
5. Civil War at Sea, Vol. 3
by Virgil Carrington Jones
6. The Confederate Navy: A Pictorial
History by Philip Van Doren Stern