Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign

This was an excellent presentation by Ranger Dan Vermilya as part of Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2014 Winter Lecture Series. The folks at the Park have saved me the trouble of transcribing Dan’s talk by posting it on YouTube, so you can view it in its entirety. As you can see for yourself, Dan did […]

Why Did Arkansas Secede?

Upper south secession was a bit more complicated than the lower south’s secession.  In reading about Arkansas, I think an essential book is James M. Woods’ Rebellion and Realignment:  Arkansas’s Road to Secession, published in 1987 by the University of Arkansas Press.  Woods discusses the internal political divisions in the state and follows the state […]

John Brown and the Harper’s Ferry Raid

  This is Paul Finkelman speaking in 2009 at the John Brown Remembered symposium to mark the Sesquicentennial of Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.  The description says, “On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 followers went to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery. The raid failed, but ignited the slavery debate. Sixteen months […]

Dividing a Nation: The Origins of the Secession Crisis and the Civil War

This was a 2011 panel at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston, Texas.  The panel features historians Michael Holt, Bruce Levine, Elizabeth Varon, and Marc Egnal.  It includes a Q&A at the end.

Race and Reunion

Here’s David Blight from early in 2013 speaking at the Minnesota Historical Society on Civil War memory.  The description of the video tells us, “Join historian David Blight, Yale University, for a discussion of the post war years. In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, new black citizens began reaching eagerly for the freedom […]

Lack of Logic and Confederate Heritage

Yes, I know the title is redundant. Anyway, I came upon this article, titled “A Belle’s Eye View” by Ms. Christine Barr.  Ms. Barr is apparently an English teacher in Texas who says, “I want all of my students to respect and harness the power of carefully selected words. I want them to think logically, write […]

Visualizing Emancipation

A picture is worth a thousand words, and over at the University of Richmond they are using some powerful digital history tools to construct visual aids for us to be able to watch the death of slavery in America.  An animated map allows you to look at the changes in locations of Union army units […]

War Within War: Lincoln and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

This is David Nichols speaking about the Lakota Uprising of 1862, also known as the Dakota War of 1862.  It’s a reminder the Civil War era wasn’t only blue vs. gray. From the video’s description:  “In early 1862 a federal investigator cautioned President Lincoln that mass corruption within Minnesota’s system of Indian Agencies would lead […]

The Cause of the Civil War

Jon Stewart rightly skewers the idiocy spouted by Andrew Napolitano.

All the Daring of the Soldier

This is Professor Elizabeth Leonard of Colby College talking about roles played by women in the Civil War, including acting as spies, and in some cases as soldiers. The description of this 2012 video says, “During the Civil War, women worked as spies and sometimes disguised themselves as male soldiers to play an heroic part in […]