This Sunday the New York Times’s Disunion column will come to an end. I am going to miss it. The column brought together academic and popular historians and other writers and over the course of the sesquicentennial managed to cover a wide range of Civil War topics. The essays were not just a pleasure to read, but more importantly, they introduced readers to new subjects and interpretations that tend to fall beyond the scope of popular understanding of Civil War history.
While a volume of essays covering the first half of the war was published in 2013, it is uncertain whether a companion book is in the works for the remainder of the war. Regardless of the plans for another volume there is the question of how these essays will be archived and preserved, which I trust is being carefully considered.
Finally, thanks so much to Clay Risen for his hard work in editing the column over the past few years. I hope others reach out to voice their appreciation as well. It’s been a great run.