This was Dr. Dick Sommers’ presentation at the Bridgewater College Civil War Institute on March 21, 2015 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. He told us to imagine it was March 21, 1865, 150 years ago.  The Civil War was coming to an end.  Philip H. Sheridan had won another great victory at nearby Waynesboro, […]

This was Patrick Schroeder’s presentation at the 2015 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute, held March 21, 2015 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. He said he started compiling these myths while working as a seasonal ranger at Appomattox Court House.  He said that people would come through and tell the staff all kinds of crazy […]

Here’s Ranger Mike Gorman discussing photographs of Richmond in 1865.  This is the second presentation from Day One of the 16th Annual Longwood University Civil War Seminar.  The video’s description reads, “Michael Gorman talked about Richmond, Virginia, in 1865 and what historians could learn from photographs from the period. “ ‘Photo Forensics: Richmond, 1865′ was a session […]

This is Ranger Tracy Chernault talking about the siege of Petersburg and how the city fell to Union forces.  This was the first session of the Day One of the 16th Annual Longwood University Civil War Seminar. The video’s description reads, “Tracy Chernault talked about the long standoff between the armies of Generals Robert E. Lee […]

This is a book by John G. Barrett and covers William T. Sherman’s “other march,” his march from Savannah, Georgia through South Carolina and North Carolina up to the surrender of the confederate Army of Tennessee.  The book was originally published in 1956 and while dated still holds up in many respects.  It’s deeply researched […]

Here’s a taste of paradise for your Aloha Friday: The floor is yours.  What do you want to talk about?

This is a book by Alonzo Cooper on his experience in being captured and a prisoner of war during the Civil War.  You can download and read it for free here or here. Born April 30, 1830 in Victory, New York, Cooper lost his father when he was only 18 months old.  His mother was left […]

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