This is Confederate White House Supervisor of Interpretation Bryce VanStaver talking about the confederate White House during the occupation of Richmond by Union forces. From the video’s description: “Less than a day after Jefferson Davis left Richmond, Federal forces captured the Confederate White House, intact. Thus began a five year occupation of the site by the U.S. Army, during Reconstruction-era Virginia. White House Interpretation Supervisor Bryce VanStavern gives a glimpse of the house as a military occupation headquarters, and spotlights a few of the officers who served there.”
I have a couple of problems with this presentation. First, he spends time explaining how he’s not an expert on what he’s talking about. That’s a bad move. Just deliver the presentation, and if someone asks a question to which you don’t know the answer, just say you don’t know. Second, he claims Henry W. Halleck [he mispronounces Halleck’s middle name] was a lieutenant general and was demoted to major general to take over in Richmond. That’s wrong. Halleck wasn’t a lieutenant general and wasn’t demoted.
Other than that, it’s not too awful bad. He seems to be very unfamiliar with the generals who fought in the Civil War. I’m sure he knows all there is to know about the building, though.