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Kevin M. Levin teaches American history at the St. Anne's - Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the past few years he has published numerous articles and book reviews in popular magazines and academic journals and is currently in the finishing stages of a book-length manuscript on the battle of the Crater and historical memory. Kevin has been blogging at Civil War Memory since November 2005 and focuses mainly on how Americans have chosen to remember and commemorate their Civil War as well as the challenges of teaching history on the high school level. In 2007 Civil War Memory was the recipient of a Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog by the History New Network. In addition to the blog you can follow him at Twitter @KevinLevin.
Top 10 Civil War Blogs
Brian Dirck is a well-respected Lincoln scholar who uses his blog to share both his ongoing research projects as well as commentary on Lincoln and popular culture. His blog has been quite insightful this year as the nation commemorates Lincoln's Bicentennial.
Harry Smeltzer's site is essentially an information hub for those interested in the First Battle of Manassas. In addition to cataloging primary sources from the War of the Rebellion and Southern Historical Society Papers, Harry also offers commentary on a wide range of Civil War related topics.
Robert’s Moore's site is by far the most intellectually stimulating blog in the Civil War blogosphere. He reminds us that Southern heritage and memory is much bigger and more interesting than the narrow contours of the Lost Cause.
Stay on top of the latest in Civil War publishing with Drew Wagenhoffer's invaluable blog. Drew not only reviews titles from popular and scholarly publishers, but also reviews a wide range of self-published studies that often go unnoticed.
Dimitri Rotov's blog is one of the oldest and while I don't always agree with his commentary his posts are always thoughtful and sure to lead to a broader discussion across the Civil War blogosphere. Hot topics include the state of Civil War publishing, George McClellan, and his somewhat curious disdain for what he calls the "Centennialist School" of history.
Civil Warriors brings together three of the top historians in the field, including Mark Grimsley, Ethan Rafuse, and Brooks Simpson. All three offer insight into their respective areas of interest as well as the process of serious scholarly research.
Have you ever wanted to work for the National Park Service on a Civil War battlefield? The next best thing to being one might be to follow Mannie Gentile, who works as a seasonal ranger at the Antietam National Battlefield Park. Mannie's passion for the Civil War and love of nature make it clear as to why our battlefields must be preserved for future generations.
Eric Wittenberg's interest focus mainly on Civil War cavalry and is one of the more prolific authors currently on the scene. His site offers commentary on ongoing research projects as well as short biographical sketches of long lost cavalry officers. Throw in a good rant every so often and you've got yourself an entertaining blog.
Although a relatively new blog, Victoria Bynum has easily created her own niche in the Civil War blogosphere. Renegade South is an extension of her own research and published work, most notably, The Free State of Jones and Unruly Women, which explore Southern dissent during the Civil War.
This site is somewhat experimental in that it is being used by a group of historians who are preparing essays for publication on narrow topics that challenge aspects of the standard Civil War narrative. It's a wonderful example of how blogs can be used by historians to communicate with one another as well as the general public.