This information comes from Dr. Earl Hess’s book, Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation. Most of us know a quartermaster was in charge of supplying the needs of the soldiers, but their job was even more complex. “Quartermasters were vested with the responsibility for procuring and managing military transportation in the Civil War. They […]

Here’s fellow Hokie, Professor Ken Noe delivering a really great lecture in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He gives us a different perspective on the war: weather and its effects on campaigns, and especially its effect on Lee’s Cheat Mountain campaign early in the war. Weather seems to have […]

Until fairly recently, it was very difficult for students of the Civil War to get information on logistics in that war. If one couldn’t spend hundreds of hours paging through the Official Records and the records of the Quartermaster General of the United States, one had only a few precious sources to consult. The first […]

This is an excellent conversation between host Gerald Prokopowicz and author A. Wilson Greene on the book, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle For Petersburg, Volume 1. This is a book students of the war need, and let’s hope Wil completes Volumes 2 and 3 in less time than he thinks will be necessary.

On January 10, 2019 Ranger Bert Barnett gave a presentation on the Hampton Roads Peace Conference as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series. By the winter of 1864 things were looking bleak in the confederacy. Then Francis Preston Blair Senior, the founder/editor of the Washington Globe and the owner of Blair House, […]

In this article, Professor Ryan Thornburg of UNC-Chapel Hill tells us, “Confederate statues have nothing good to teach student journalists.” He says, “A Statue of a Confederate soldier at the door of a newspaper would immediately call into question the paper’s ability to serve its entire community. Yet for more than a century, student journalists […]

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 Ranger Matt Atkinson gave a typically outstanding presentation on the battle of Bristoe Station as part of the Gettysburg National Battlefield’s Winter Lecture Series. He began with Lee’s retreat across the Potomac on July 13-14, 1863 after the battle of Gettysburg. The armies eventually moved to their original positions around […]