Earlier this week I received my author copies of the latest issue of The Civil War Monitor, which contains my essay on Confederate camp servants. As I’ve said before, I am very excited about this particular piece. It encompasses some of what I am trying to address in the first chapter of my book on the same subject.
I certainly don’t believe that I’ve provided anything approaching the final word on this subject, but I do believe it at least offers a framework with which to think about camp servants. I say this in light of another news story, this one involving Retired Army Lt. Col. Edwin Kennedy, who recently gave a presentation on the subject to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I’ve had a copy of his PowerPoint presentation for a few years now and it is problematic on a number of levels as you can read for yourself in the article. It offers little more than the standard accounts and the same uninformative interpretations that litter the Internet.
Terry Johnston has kindly offered to give this site’s readers free temporary access to the article. Click the link here and enter the following information:
In addition to my essay, this issue contains a forum on Spielberg’s Lincoln that includes short essays by Gerald Prokopowicz, Matt Pinsker, and James Oakes. You will also find articles by Brooks Simpson, Andy Hall, Ethan Rafuse, and Amy Murrell Taylor. You can’t do much better than that line-up. I know I’ve said it before, but I love this magazine. In addition to the high quality paper that is used the artistic team has thought carefully about font style and size as well as the place of photographs and other images. The end result is both pleasing to the mind and eyes. I highly recommend that you subscribe.