In 1997, John Stanchak, an editor at Cowles Enthusiast Media (now part of Primedia), realized his vision of ""a publication that contained the best, most up-to-date scholarship on the [Civil] war, but was edited with the amateur historian in mind,"" with the publication of Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War between the States. In the four years the journal was published, it strived to lessen the rift between the scholarly world of professional historians and the ""popular"" history with which the general reader is more familiar. Now, a selection of the essays that best represent the successful balance between ""serious scholarship"" and a narrative reading style preferred by the educated layman has been collected in The Ongoing Civil War. The nine essays, written by such distinguished scholars as John Marszelak, Albert Castel, Archer Jones, Mark Snell, Noah Trudeau, and others, provide deeper insight into the war, introduce the general reader to unsung heroes, and correct some popular misrepresentations of history.
Herman Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War (University of Missouri Press), Why the South Lost the Civil War, and How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War, all past selections of the History Book Club. Ethan S. Rafuse is the author of A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas and George Gordon Meade and the War in the East. He has taught history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Introduction by Herman Hattaway and Ethan S. Rafuse; The Professional Historian and ""Popular"" History by Mark Grimsley; ""Old Brains"" Was Brainy After All by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones; McLellan, von Clausewitz, and the Politics of War by Ethan S. Rafuse; Franklin Pierce and the Civil War by Michael J. C. Taylor; Union Lifeline by Mark A. Snell; Before the Wilderness: What Lee Knew by William A. Tidwell; History in Hindsight: by Albert Castel; Philatelic Pugilists by John F. Marszelak; To ""Mold the Judgment of History"" by Noah Andre Trudeau