Monthly Archives: December 2014

“The Role of the Constitution in the Civil War” by Dr. Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Here’s Professor Mark Neely in a 2010 presentation in the Army Heritage and Education Center’s Perspectives in Military History program.  This presentation was held in Bliss Hall of the US Army War College.  This is really an outstanding presentation with a lot of great information for us. The video’s description tells us, “Abraham Lincoln’s record […]

“Harp and Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865” by Dr. Susannah J. Ural

Here’s Professor Susannah Ural with a talk she gave to the US Army Heritage and Education Center in 2010 as part of the Perspectives in Military History series.  From the video’s description: “On the eve of the Civil War, the Irish were one of America’s largest ethnic groups, and approximately 150,000 fought for the Union. […]

“The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1964” by Dr. Mark Grimsley

Here’s Mark Grimsley speaking at the Army Heritage and Education Center in 2010 on the Overland Campaign. From the video’s description:  “The Virginia campaign of Spring 1864 was a single, massive operation stretching hundreds of miles. The story of the campaign is also the story of the demise of two great armies. The scale of casualties […]

Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War

Here’s law professor Lea VanderVelde on the 1857 Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sanford.  It’s not bad, but she does err in saying there was no Fugitive Slave Law when Dred Scott was taken to free territory. From the video’s description:  “Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case […]

Field of Lost Shoes: Lost Cause Claptrap Movie

Here’s a link to view the movie, if you can stand it: Now, I’m on record as stating that you can’t expect accuracy from Hollywood.  Hollywood is about entertainment, not history.  I’m not retreating one iota from that stand; however, for a historical movie to work there has to be enough accuracy to create verisimilitude.  […]

Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

The first use of the modern image of Santa Claus was by Thomas Nast in the winter of 1862-1863.  The first image of Santa Claus showed him distributing gifts to Union soldiers.  The modern Santa is a Union man, because his creator, Nast, was a diehard Union supporter.  “Santa dangles by the neck a comical […]

Shadows of Lightning: JEB Stuart & the CSA Cavalry

Here’s another Civil War Journal video, this time covering JEB Stuart and the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.

“The Devil’s Own Work” by Barnet Schecter

Here’s Barnet Schecter speaking in 2009 at the US Army Heritage and Education Center as part of their Perspectives in Military History series.  His presentation is based on his book about the July 1863 Draft Riots in New York City, The Devil’s Own Work.  He’s not the most scintillating speaker, and the video has some focusing […]

“From Engineer Lieutenant to Corps Commander” by Dr. Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

Here’s the late Dr. Art Bergeron speaking in a 2006 lecture as part of the Perspectives in Military History series at Carlisle Barracks. “On February 8, 2010, the history community of the United States lost a very learned scholar in the untimely death of Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr, Ph.D. Presented is Dr. Bergeron’s perspectives lecture from […]

Trains at War

Here’s the episode of Civil War Journal that covered the use of trains in the Civil War.