Our Fall 2013 special issue commemorates the Sesquicentennial of
the Civil War. Featuring essays on the birth of photojournalism at
the Battle of Antietam, the struggle over history and memory in the
pages of Confederate Veteran Magazine, a historian's-eye-view of
Charleston's Secession Ball, poetry from the Poet Laureate of the
United States, Civil War remembrances from the Southern Oral
History Program, and much more.
by Harry L. Watson
"The most powerful memories of the Civil War continue to be the
personal stories, and while the transmission may be sputtering
today, they remain the most evocative, both of the winners' frail
victories and the losers' human pain."
Uncovering the Confederacy of the Mind
Or, How I Became a Belle of the Ball in Denmark Vesey's Church
by Blain Roberts
"We started to wonder: did twenty-first-century Charleston have
separate—even segregated—tourism industries, one that
focused on the city's white history and another that told of its
"The Great Weight of Responsibility"
The Struggle over History and Memory in Confederate Veteran
by Steven E. Sodergren
"'In the name of the future manhood of the South I protest. What
are we to teach them? If we cannot teach them that their fathers
were right, it follows that these Southern children must be taught
that they were wrong.'"
photographs by Matthew P. Shelton
"I drilled until the book was lace."
Rebecca Harding Davis's Human Stories of the Civil War
by Mark Canada
"'The war is surging up close about us.—O . . . if I could
put into your and every true woman's heart the inexpressible
loathing I have for it! If you could only see the other side enough
to see the wrong the tyranny on both!'"
Maffitt, May 1861–September 1862
An excerpt from Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John
Newland Maffitt, and the Coming of the Civil War
by Bland Simpson
"'No war? I have come to you directly from Washington City, where
the caissons are rolling, where a great army has been gathering,
where Lincoln is planning for war. Whether you are or not.'"
"Truthful as the Record of Heaven"
The Battle of Antietam and the Birth of Photojournalism
by John M. Harris
"'Let him who wishes to know what war is look at this series of
illustrations. These wrecks of manhood thrown together in careless
heaps or ranged in ghastly rows for burial were alive but
"Mississippi's Greatest Hour"
The Mississippi Civil War Centennial and Southern Resistance
by Alyssa D. Warrick
"From the outset, Mississippi's commission had a clear goal,
evinced by its name. The Mississippi Commission on the War Between
the States was unapologetically pro-Confederate, though willing to
acknowledge, however begrudgingly, the Union victory."
Voices from the Southern Oral History Program
"I Know It by Heart"
The Civil War in the Memories of John W. Snipes, Ralph W.
Mitchell Dabbs, and Reginald Hildebrand
interviewed by Brent Glass, Lu Ann Jones, Elizabeth Jacoway Burns,
and Rob Stephens
compiled and introduced by Rachel F. Seidman
"'When my husband James was growing up, there was no race question.
They assumed that was settled by the war. The Negroes were slaves
and then they weren't. That settled it.'"
Elegy for the Native Guards
poetry by Natasha Trethewey
". . . 2nd Regiment, Union men, black phalanx.
What is monument to their legacy?"
About the Contributors
is published quarterly (spring, summer,
fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The
journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.