Monthly Archives: June 2014

Civil War Institute 2014 Day Five

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 was the final day of this year’s Civil War Institute.  We started with bus tours of the Gettysburg battlefield, following specific soldiers.  I was following the steps of Lieutenant J. Warren Jackson of the 8th Louisiana Infantry (Louisiana Tigers) with Scott Mingus and Edwin C. Bearss.  It was a pretty good tour, […]

Little Round Top With Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s a terrific tour of Little Round Top with Ranger Matt Atkinson.  This shows why I’m a big fan of the NPS ranger tours.  There are none better than Matt.  I highly recommend the ranger programs.  The rangers are knowledgeable and selflessly do their best to give you accurate information and help you understand what […]

Bloody Autumn

This is a book by Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt covering the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.  It’s part of Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War series. This small book is really well done.  It has outstanding maps created by Hal Jespersen and is well illustrated with photos and drawings.  It does a great job […]

Gettysburg Animated Map

The Civil War Trust has produced yet another superb animated map, this one of Gettysburg.  You can view it here.  They’ve done a beautiful job with it, and you can get a very good overview of the battle and a good general understanding of it.

Civil War Institute Day Four

June 23, 2014 was tour day.  I was on “The Wilderness to Spotsylvania Court House (Introductory Tour) led by Brooks D. Simpson of Arizona State University.  Even though he was handicapped by a bus without air conditioning for most of the trip and a bus driver who actually got lost on the way and went […]

Civil War Institute 2014 Day Three

Day Three was held on Sunday, June 22.  We started off with a lecture from Keith Bohannon of the University of West Georgia speaking on “Atlanta Is Ours and Fairly Won:  William T. Sherman in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.” [Audio from Joe Cook] In 1864, Grant told Sherman to move against the Army of Tennessee […]

The First Day at Gettysburg with Ranger John Nicholas

Here’s Ranger John Nicholas on Oak Hill speaking about the First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863.

In the Wheatfield with John Hoptak

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving an absolutely outstanding battle walk of the Wheatfield.  As you can see from the video, I was on this battle walk.  John gave the clearest explanation I’ve heard of the action in the Wheatfield.  John is really a rising star in the NPS, an organization that for my money is […]

Ranger Program The Second Day at Gettysburg

Here’s Ranger Jim Flook on the Second Day at Gettysburg.  He misidentifies what “Fog of War” is.  It’s not what he says, though it can cause what he’s talking about. I think he did a great job orienting the visitors to the major features of the battlefield, and I like the fact that he covered […]

Civil War Institute 2014 Day Two

It was a great day at CWI yesterday.  First up was Pete Carmichael speaking on “Robert E. Lee & the Search for a Battle of Annihilation.”  Thanks to C-SPAN you can view it here: It was a terrific presentation, as usual, though I have to disagree with him regarding his response to my question.  […]