This is Ranger Troy Harman talking about the symbolism in monuments. Troy is outstanding on the battlefield–one of my favorites.  I think he tends to get a bit carried away when lecturing, though. I hope he warned people that he was going to be overtime before the video recording started, especially since the lecture was held in […]

Here’s a panel of historians talking about the burning of Columbia and how it has been remembered. Anne Sarah Rubin takes on the question of who burned Columbia.  She provides the grounding for the rest of the panel.  Megan Kate Nelson approaches the burning of Columbia from the standpoint of how the memory of […]

Here’s Eric Leonard in his presentation from the 2014 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. This is really a good presentation, though he tends to sound a little disjointed at times.

Here’s John David Smith, the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte discussing his book, Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops, a volume in the Concise Lincoln Library series from Southern Illinois University Press.

Originally posted on The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park:
A view of the diorama from the catwalk high above. It’s checkup time for the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Conservator David Olin at the top of the painting in the background. Gettysburg National Military Park’s largest artifact requires special care and attention. To ensure that the…

A number of people have tackled this question.  Historian William G. Thomas III discusses it here. Historian Dennis Frye speaks about it here: You can see historian William Freehling on it here and here. Virginia is another Upper South state.  Their secession is more complex than the secessions of the Lower South.  Add to that […]

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya giving a really outstanding lecture on what four of the post-Civil War presidents who were Civil War veterans did in the Civil War.  He did not include U.S. Grant or Andrew Johnson, as they are fairly well known.  He focuses on Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and William […]


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