ZINIO logo
America's Civil War

America's Civil War January 2021

Add to favorites

Published since 1987, America’s Civil War strives to deliver to our readers the best articles on the most formative and tumultuous period of American history — the Civil War. Noted authors present the many battles, personalities and fascinating stories of the period.

Read More
United States
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
america’s civil war online

HISTORYNET.com/AMERICAS-CIVIL-WAR PROFOUND LOSS The near-fatal wounding of JamesLongstreet at the Wilderness in May1864 was a serious setback for RobertE. Lee ‘s Army of Northern Virginia. http://bit.ly/LongstreetUnderFire FIELD OF CARNAGE America’s bloodiest day foreverstamped a capital letter onDavid Miller’s Cornfield andmade it a national symbol ofdeath and sacrifice. http://bit.ly/CornfieldMaelstrom HOLIDAY HAVOC A Christmas Eve stand by the “gallant Twelfth Michigan” duringGrant’s 1862 Vicksburg Campaignis unfairly overlooked. http://bit.ly/MiddleburgXmas HISTORYNET Now Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newsletters LET’S CONNECT Like America’s Civil War Magazine on Facebook FOLLOW US @ACWMag GO DIGITAL America’s Civil War is available on Zinio, Kindle, and Nook. A complete America’s Civil War index from 1988 to present is available at aferguson.net…

7 min.
family tragedy

I read with interest and sympathy the story in the July issue about Mother Allison’s sacrifice of her four sons to the Union cause during the Civil War. She was not alone. Many years ago, I was exploring a country cemetery in the wooded hills and cornfields of Northwestern Illinois. I found a fairly large stone with much family history inscribed on it. After reading about Mother Allison, I determined to again find this little country cemetery to see if my memory was truly correct. Unfortunately it was. Near the small village of Loran (current population 40—maybe) is the Clay Cemetery. A large stone tells the story of the family of James and Lucretia Parkinson. Their son John, a sergeant in the 3rd Missouri Cavalry, was killed at Palmyra, Mo., and…

1 min.
femme fatale

Although Martinsburg, W.Va., was largely filled with Union supporters during the Civil War (see P. 38), one of its most memorable residents was Confederate spy Belle Boyd. On July 3, 1861, Union soldiers entered Martinsburg after a skirmish at the nearby town of Falling Waters. The next day, a group of soldiers entered the Boyd residence and one of the men got into a confrontation with Boyd’s mother. Boyd later wrote in her memoir, the soldier “addressed my mother and myself in language as offensive as it is possible to conceive. I could stand it no longer.” Boyd shot and killed the man. She was just 17 years old at the time. After the Union commanding officer investigated, he said Boyd had acted properly in the situation, and she suffered…

1 min.
new banner blooms

Mississippi residents voted overwhelmingly on November 3 to replace their long-controversial state flag, which prominently featured a Confederate battle flag. After flying for 126 years, the banner was retired in June in the midst of nationwide unrest and protests following alleged racially motivated police shootings in Tennessee and Kentucky. Until November, Mississippi had been the last state to include a Confederate emblem on its flag. One stipulation for the new design was that “In God we trust” had to be included. A design by Mississippi-based graphic designer Rocky Vaughan was chosen. “The New Magnolia flag,” Vaughan said, “is anchored in the center field by a clean and modern Magnolia blossom, a symbol longused to represent our state and the hospitality of our citizens.” LIBRARY OF CONGRESS; MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY…

1 min.
don’t fiddle around

The Civil War was fought on a much smaller scale west of the Mississippi than in other theaters, although that in no way meant the conflict wasn’t just as determined and deadly. Bushwhacking and partisan skirmishes produced more deaths than the battles and campaigns of the region, and blue and gray supporters needed to on guard at all times. One enterprising Rebel, likely engaged in clandestine and partisan activities, fashioned the novel concealed weapon shown here—a sawed-off Powell 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun contained in a musical instrument case, capable of being pressed into service at a moment’s notice. The shotgun’s handle is carved to resemble a violin scroll. Inside the case flanking the shotgun are a handmade tin powder and shell box shaped like a violin, and a windup music box…

1 min.
battleground west virginia

QUIZ 1. This battle in western Virginia led to a patent for improved prosthetics. A. Philippi B. Harpers Ferry C. Romney D. Shepherdstown 2. Which Confederate general’s hair turned white while he was on campaign in western Virginia? A. William W. Loring B. John B. Floyd C. Robert S. Garnett D. Robert E. Lee 3. At the September 10, 1861, Battle of Carnifex Ferry, what Virginia governor-turned-general blamed another for failing to aid him? A. Robert S. Garnett B. John B. Floyd C. William W. Loring D. Henry A. Wise 4. Regiments of West Virginians fought each other at this 1864 battle. A. Droop Mountain B. Moorefield C. Cloyd’s Mountain D. Folck’s Mill 5. Which 1864 cavalry clash climaxed a series of three victories for William W. Averell? A. Rutherford’s Farm B. Moorefield C. Flintstone D. Droop Mountain Answers: A, D, B, C, B PHOTO COURTESY OF JAY WERTZ; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS…