Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dr. Earl J. Hess- “Arguing Over the Civil War Death Toll: Does It Really Matter?”

Here’s historian Earl Hess talking about the loss in the Civil War.  This is a very interesting lecture.

The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln (Eric Foner)

Here’s Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University giving the 2014 Gerald McMurtry Lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation.  From the video’s description:  “A lecture about the intellectual, political, and social history of American race relations. Lecture given by Dr. Eric Foner, (DeWitt Clinton) Professor of History at Columbia University. Mr Foner was the annual keynote […]

Aloha Friday, May 29, 2015

Here’s Amy Hanaiaili’i Gilliom and “Palehua” to get us into the Aloha mood. A palehua is a town that is entirely on a mountain. E kahea mai ana `O Palehua e Wahi lani ha`upu ia`u E poina `ole Ke kuahiwi kaulana Wehe i ka lani `Auhea wale ana `oe `O Palehua e`O ka wahi ki`eki`e […]

Reconstruction: A Moment in The Sun

This is a great video from the good folks at Nashville Public Television and Tennessee Civil War 150 covering Reconstruction in that state. From the video’s description:  “The end of the Civil War was not the end of hostilities between North and South. Years of fighting over how to reunite our divided country and what […]

Rare Civil War Document, Discovered in Drawer, Outlines Rights for NC’s Ex-slaves

I came across this story where a lawyer in North Carolina found a copy of Major General John Schofield’s General Orders No. 46 outlining rights of former slaves in Reconstruction North Carolina.  The lawyer, Angela Smith-Crumpler, found the document in an underwear drawer.  From the story:  ” ‘The document essentially is the start of Reconstruction in […]

The Citizen-Soldier

This is a book by John Beatty, who was a Union brigadier general during the Civil War.  A Republican and a banker before the war, Beatty enlisted in the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a private.  He quickly earned his commission and rose to be a brigade commander under Major General William S. Rosecrans in […]

Woman speaks of father 150 years after he fought in Civil War

The Civil War is not that far away from us.  Here’s the story of a woman who is the daughter of a Civil War soldier.  It’s fascinating. How “far away” is the Civil War from you?