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The Civil War Monitor, Winter 2018

The Civil War Monitor, Winter 2018

The Civil War Monitor, Issue #30

Three things we learned while producing this issue:

  1. Apparently, the war itself wasn’t enough fighting for Civil War soldiers. “Snow-ball battles were sometimes fought with such vigor as to disable the combatants. The result of such a fight was the capture of the defeated party’s cooking utensils, and any food that might be contained in them.” —Confederate soldier Royall Figg, reflecting in his memoirs on life in camp in January 1863 (p.14)

  2. The current anti-media sentiment has a precendent. “Junius Henri Browne of the New-York Tribune, already knew that his own side did not care much for journalists. ‘War Correspondence is a most thankless office. The Correspondent may do, and dare, and suffer; but if he die in the service by disease or casualty, it is thought and declared by many that he had no business there.’ Browne’s Rebel captors disliked him even more than his own people. The Tribune, openly antislavery and hostile to the rebellion, were roundly despised by the Confederates, who treated Browne and his fellow reporters as prisoners of war. Thus began an odyssey that took Browne from Richmond’s notorious Libby Prison to the POW camp in Salisbury, North Carolina. In1864, Browne and another reporter escaped and trekked 340 miles across the snow-covered Appalachian Mountains to Union-occupied Nashville. In 1865, Brown would tell his story in Four Years in Secessia, a 450-page memoir. He went on to a successful literary career and died at age 69 in 1902.” (p.16)

  3. Hardtack, the dry, crusty saltine cracker-like food staple that was rationed to soldiers in lieu of food (they were given 9-10 pieces per day), was meant to last anywhere from 3–12 months. (p.18)


Client: Bayshore History
Editor: Terry Johnston Jr.
Photographers: Tony Luong
Illustrators: Hannah Barczyk, Jason Schneider



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Harvard Ed., Fall 2018

Harvard Ed., Fall 2018