Will Underwood, who is the director of Kent State University Press, sent along the following comment:
As the publisher of Civil War History, we naturally regret the surprise decision of the Society of Civil War Historians to sever its ties with our journal in favor of another. However, the addition to the field of a second journal can only benefit study of the Civil War era.
For more than 50 years Civil War History has served the field by bringing to scholars, institutions, and the interested public the best in provocative and groundbreaking Civil War era scholarship. It will continue to do so for as long as the study of America’s greatest national crisis endures.
As Mr. Underwood noted, the journal has been in continuous publication for five decades. All but two of those years have been without a relationship with an academic organization. It goes without saying that the journal will continue. In fact, I am looking forward to seeing who takes over and how that shapes its particular focus.