This book by Thomas J. Pressly provides a historiographical overview of how the history of the Civil War has been interpreted since the war itself. My copy was printed in 1962, so it is in need of updating. For example, Professor Pressly writes, “Professor David M. Potter has published recently an extended essay describing the […]

This is a conversation between Dan Abrams of ABC News and journalist David Gregory about Abrams’ book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Trial That Propelled Him to the Presidency. Yes, that subtitle is quite overblown. It’s interesting to hear about the trial, which Lincoln handled between his debates with Stephen Douglas and his election to the […]

Here’s Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg of Suffolk University conducting a class looking at the concept of honor and how it intersected with both dueling and slavery in the Antebellum South. He has a very good lecture with excellent information for us. The video’s description reads, “Suffolk University professor Kenneth S. Greenberg taught a class on the […]

The final day of the 2018 CWI was Tuesday, June 26, 2018. We started the day with breakout tours in the footsteps of different soldiers and civilians at Gettysburg. Dr. Ashley Whitehead Luskey of Gettysburg College led an “Embattled Civilians” tour. Professor Keith Bohannon of the University of West Georgia led a tour covering “Alexander […]

Monday, June 25, 2018 was a day for our full tours. Dennis Frye, formerly of the Harpers Ferry Historical Site, led the “In the Footsteps of John Brown” tour. Ranger John Hennessy of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Professor Brooks Simpson of Arizona State University co-led the “Second Manassas” tour. Garry Adelman […]

This was Sunday, June 24, 2018. We started off the day with concurrent sessions. Dr. Jonathan Lande of Weber State University gave a lecture on the US Colored Troops and Desertion. Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington gave a presentation on the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and Susan Ashman of […]

This was June 23, 2018 and the first full day of programs at the Civil War Institute. It was another terrific day. We started the day with Concurrent Sessions. Ranger Beth Parnicza of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park held a session on Stonewall Jackson’s Maps at Chancellorsville. Dr. Diedre Cooper Owens of Queens […]