I bought my copy in Barnes and Noble. Review points below.
Here’s my initial impressions:
What I like?
- Paper quality
- Typography of headlines
- Use of period photos
- Serious use of end notes
- Original artwork on the cover
- Not seeing another Civil War painting on the cover
- Promise of a decent complimentary web site (we’ll see)
- An article from Jim Lighthizer of Civil War Trust
- The Primer section with nice pictures of Civil War headgear
What I don’t like so far?
- More pop culture over-exposure of Gettysburg (see pages 6-8)
- Starting out quarterly. Give us more.
- Emphasis on Eastern theater. The top headlines pub Bull Run and Gettysburg
What I hope I never see in this magazine?
- Another ad for a Robert E. Lee statue, knife or presentation plate
- Another glossy cover from a famous contemporary Civil War painter (don’t they all just look alike?)
- Really bad graphic design by a wanna-be Photoshop artist
- A ten page excerpt – read extended commercial – from the latest and greatest Civil War book from a top historian
Inside the first issue:
- The Men & The Hour: Lincoln, Davis and the Struggle to Avert War, by Russell McClintock
- The Work That Remains: Even after the fighting stopped, women waged their own battles to bring the bodies of their loved ones home by Judith Giesberg
- Run Aground at Sailor’s Creek by Derek Smith
- Captive Memories: Union Ex-Prisoners and the Work of Remembrance by Brian Matthew Jordan
- “Babylon is Fallen”: The Northern Press Reports Sherman’s March to the Sea by Silvana R. Siddali
Not listed under features but in this issue:
- Casualties of War: Clara Harris Rathbone by Stephen Berry
- Battlefield Echoes: Blood-soaked Reality at Bull Run by Clay Mountcastle
Looks like we’ll see regular sections or columns like:
- In Focus
- Books & Authors