This was a presentation by Clarence Geier at the 2014 Civil War Institute at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, held on March 29, 2014.  Dr. Geier is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at James Madison University. He told us that the idea of historical archaeology is becoming more and more a part of what is done […]

This is, in my opinion, an essential book to read on the Fort Sumter crisis. Hat tip to Andy Hall. Book available to be read online:

This was Jason Phillips’ presentation at the Bridgewater College Civil War Institute symposium on the 1864 Valley Campaign, held March 29, 2014 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia.  Jason is the Eberly Professor of Civil War at West Virginia University Studies. Jason told us that confederate soldiers in 1864 expected to win the war.  150 […]

This is a documentary aired by The History Channel in 2011.  It features Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Will Riker and North and South‘s Stanley Hazard, as the narrator.  I find the documentary has a number of flaws, but for what it is, it’s not too bad.  The film takes us through Lee’s […]

This is one of the A&E documentaries that aired in the 1990s.  It starts out as a biographical documentary of Grant, then goes into the Battle of the Wilderness.  It then takes Grant to the end of his life.  The best part are the “talking heads.”  Carol Reardon and Jay Luvaas do a good job.  […]

This is Ernest B. Ferguson’s book about Cold Harbor.  The biggest strength this book has is a wealth of personal accounts the author has mined to weave a good story of how the soldiers felt about the battle and how they coped with the horror of warfare.  If you’re looking for accurate, cogent historical analysis, […]

This is definitely a powerful film.  History links and a link to the book so you can read it for free here.  Director Steve McQueen did an outstanding job with it.  Solomon Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is a skilled musician and a free black man living in Saratoga, New York in 1841.  He’s tricked into […]


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