Monthly Archives: March 2015

Myths About Lee’s Surrender

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 […]

Photo Forensics: Richmond, 1865

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 […]

The Fall of Petersburg

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 […]

Sherman’s March Through the Carolinas

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 […]

Aloha Friday March 27, 2015

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

In and Out of Rebel Prisons

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 […]

Frederick Douglass in the Post Civil War Years: Gettysburg Winter Lecture

Here’s Ranger Mark Maloy of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site giving an outstanding lecture on the life of African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  This is really an outstanding lecture.

The Texas Plates Case Drives to the Court

The case of Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. is in front of the Supreme Court of the United States [stories here, here, and here].  You can see the filings here.  There is a recap of the oral arguments and analysis here. At issue is whether Texas should have to issue specialty license […]

Book Discussion on Master of War

This is Benson Bobrick speaking to the Civil Round Table of New York in 2009. The video’s description reads, “Benson Bobrick talked about his book Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas (Simon and Schuster; February 10, 2009). In his book he recounts the military career of Union General George H. […]

Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman

This is James Harvey Kidd’s memoir of his Civil War experiences, later reissued as Riding With Custer. You can download it for free here. The book is an excellent read, well written and providing a close-up view of someone who knew George Armstrong Custer and was an unabashed admirer of the general.  He also gives us […]