Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Civil War: an Ephemeral Lens Into the Life and Times

Here’s Professor Edward Ayers speaking at the University of Pennsylvania library. The video’s description says, “Lecture by Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond. Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Class of 1978 Pavillion. October 9, 2015. This lecture was part of the University of […]

United States v. Republican Banner Officers

The citation for this case is 27 Fed. Cas. 781, Case No. 16,148. The case involved the Nashville Republican Banner, a proconfederate newspaper in Tennessee. The case came to the Circuit Court for the District of Tennessee in November of 1863, with Justice John Catron of the Supreme Court of the United States sitting as the […]

Daring and Suffering

This is a book by William Pittenger which recounts his adventures as a member of the Andrews Raiding Party in the “Great Locomotive Chase” of April, 1862, along with his time as a prisoner of the confederates after his capture. You can download and read it for free here or here. The Great Locomotive Chase inspired […]

Supreme Court Landmark Case Dred Scott v. Sandford

Here’s a discussion of the Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. The video’s description says, “Guests talked about the 1857 Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sandford, in which the court sided 7-2 with slavery and declared that Dred Scott and other blacks could not be citizens of the U.S., and that Congress […]

Southern Miss Removes State Flag

The University of Southern Mississippi is the latest university to remove the Mississippi state flag from its campus because of its confederate symbology. Not only is the battle flag in the canton of the state flag, but the flag itself resembles the first national flag of the confederacy, the “Stars and Bars.” According to this […]

Freedmen’s Bureau

Here’s Emmanuel Dabney, an interpretive historian and ranger at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park speaking on the Freedmen’s Bureau. This was at the 2015 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description says, “Emmanuel Dabney talked about the extensive records of the Freedmen’s Bureau and what they reveal about the lives of former slaves. He also described […]

Motivations of Civil War Soldiers

This is George Mason University history professor Christopher Hamner lecturing his class on what motivated Civil War soldiers. He divides the motivations into what motivated men to enlist, what motivated them to stay in the army, and what motivated them in combat. This is a really good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Christopher Hamner talked […]

Ole Miss the Latest to Stop Flying Mississippi Flag

The retreat of confederate iconography continues. Today, October 26, 2015, the University of Mississippi joined a list of public universities in Mississippi that includes Alcorn State, Jackson State, and Mississippi Valley State Universities which no longer display the Mississippi state flag on campus due to its inclusion of confederate symbology. Both the Student Senate and the […]

South Carolina During Reconstruction

Here’s a class at Clemson University led by Professor Paul C. Anderson on Reconstruction in South Carolina. From the video’s description: “Paul Christopher Anderson talked about how former Confederates in South Carolina viewed Reconstruction in the wake of the Civil War. He said that some white southerners created their own version of what happened during the […]

Laurence Keitt and the Fire-Eaters

Here’s Professor J. Holt Merchant of Washington and Lee University speaking on Laurence Keitt and other fire-eaters. He has some good information, but he gets off on several tangents and seems to have trouble ending the talk. He should have stopped talking about fifteen minutes before he actually stopped. The video’s description reads, “Washington and […]