Listening to John Hennessy

I echo everything Brooks says in this blog post, as well as Kevin Levin’s post here.

http://cwmemory.com/2015/07/25/john-hennessy-leads-the-way-2/ .

John is an outstanding historian and a credit to the US National Park Service.

Here is Ted Schubel’s Sound Cloud posting of the talk John gave:

https://soundcloud.com/tschubel/history-at-sunset-remembering-the-civil-war-today

You can see videos Ted posted from this talk:

Part One:

https://youtu.be/afXns_0Nu14

Part Two:

https://youtu.be/8JyXZKvotLY

Part Three:

https://youtu.be/SZVSs_mjktc

Crossroads

John Hennessy is one of the jewels of the National Park Service. The chief historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park combines the talents of a skilled military historian with an ability to reflect upon the broader issues of war and peace, slavery and emancipation, and history and memory. During the Civil War sesquicentennial he played a major role in helping Americans to understand what had happened between 1861 and 1865 and what generations since made of it.

What follows are several of John’s more memorable commentaries. Together they make for a good weekend’s listening.

In 2012 he discussed how the Union army became an army of liberation (filled with reluctant liberators) in and about Fredericksburg as emancipation took effect:

Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage is often assumed to describe the battle for Chancellorsville, and John took that as his point of departure in 2013:

The following…

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