Hallowed Ground: Summer 2013

Featured Online Articles

This quarterly issue of the Civil War Trust's membership magazine focuses on the 150th anniversary of Vicksburg, Battery Wagner and the United States Colored Troops, with articles by Historians Bob Zeller and Hari Jones. To see all online articles from past issues of the membership magazine, visit the Back Issue Index »

Vicksburg feature

The Long, Gruesome Fight to Capture Vicksburg

Bob Zeller

In this feature article, historian Bob Zeller traces the long, grueling 1863 campaign to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi.Read the article »

The Color of Bravery

The Color of Bravery

Hari Jones

As we remember the 150th anniversary of the assault on Battery Wagner, one of the most famous engagements featuring black soldiers, historian Hari Jones of the African American Civil War Museum traces the origins of the United States Colored Troops.Read the article »

Robert Gould Shaw

The Storming of Battery Wagner

Hari Jones

Read about the assault led by the 54th Massachusetts, a Boston regiment of free African Americans led by Harvard-educated abolitionist Col. Robert Gould Shaw. The decision to have the 54th Massachusetts lead this dangerous, high-profile attack was fraught with political and military risk.Read the article »

Vicksburg Glossary

Vicksburg: Defining a Campaign

Camp of Instruction

Those setting out to study the Vicksburg Campaign will immediately find themselves immersed in a fascinating cross-section of strategy and technology, both ancient and modern. Use this annotated glossary to enhance your exploration of this continent-altering campaign. Read the article »

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins Forges Links to the Past

Profiles in Preservation

Country music superstar and Civil War Trust board member Trace Adkins offers this reflection on the power of preservation and how it has brought him to a deeper understanding of history — and a more personal connection to his own family’s Civil War legacy.Read the article »

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