Monthly Archives: November 2014

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

Here’s Professor James M. McPherson at the Massachusetts School of Law talking about his perspectives on Civil War History.  The video’s description says, “Dean Lawrence R. Velvel interviews reknowned author James M. McPherson about his book “This Mighty Scourge- Perspectives on the Civi War. Mcpherson discusses a myriad of topics including why the civil war […]

The American Experience: Robert E. Lee

Here’s the American Experience episode on the life of Robert E. Lee, featuring Pete Carmichael as one of the historians commenting on Lee.

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign

Here’s Scott Hartwig delivering an outstanding presentation on the opening stages of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 based on his book, To Antietam Creek.  He takes us up to the opening of the Battle of Antietam.  This is a presentation he gave in September, 2014 at the US Army Heritage and Education Center. The video’s description […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Our modern version of Thanksgiving has its origin in the Civil War. Earlier in our history, Days of Thanksgiving were proclaimed by presidents and by states on various days throughout the year. Abraham Lincoln first proclaimed that the last Thursday in November would be a Day […]

Bloody Promenade

It’s a little difficult to categorize this book by Stephen Cushman, a professor of English at the University of Virginia.  While he subtitles the book, Reflections on a Civil War Battle, that battle being the Battle of the Wilderness, it’s a lot more.  Cushman is a student of the Civil War, like many of us.  […]

Meade’s Headquarters 1863 to 1865

This book contains the letters written by Major General George G. Meade’s volunteer aide, Theodore Lyman, from the time he joined Meade’s staff to the end of April, 1865.  You can download and read the book here. The book has since been republished as With Grant & Meade From the Wilderness to Appomattox with an […]

Lincoln Forum 2014 Day Three

The first presentation of the day was from Robert Wilson on “Mathew Brady:  Portraits of a Nation.”  He discussed the photographer’s career, telling us that Brady was the sole source for the claim that Lincoln once said “Brady and the Cooper Institute made me President.”  He told us about how Brady organized his studio, with […]

Daniel Sickles: The Colorful and Controversial Commander of Gettysburg

Here’s Ranger Matt Atkinson giving a campfire talk on Dan Sickles.

Lincoln Forum 2014 Day Two

The second day of this year’s Lincoln Forum Symposium began with Prof. James M. McPherson on “Jefferson Davis and the General Who Would Not Fight.”  That general, of course, was Joseph E. Johnston.  While C-SPAN wasn’t there to record this presentation, you can see the same presentation given by Professor McPherson here at another venue here. […]

Fighting on McPherson’s Ridge

Here’s Ranger Bill Hewitt on the fighting on McPherson’s Ridge on July 1, 1863.  The video’s description says, “Join Ranger Bill Hewitt and explore McPherson’s Ridge, near where the battle of Gettysburg began on July 1st, 1863. Ranger Hewitt will examine the story of the McPherson farm before, during, and after the battle of Gettysburg, […]