Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Confederate Debate About Arming the Slaves

Here’s historian John Coski, then of the Museum of the Confederacy and now of the American Civil War Museum, giving an excellent presentation on the confederate proposal to arm slaves. Toward the end of the presentation he gives an excellent rundown of the black confederate myth. The video’s description tells us, “In February 1865 Southern […]

Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis

Here’s one of my favorite historians, Prof. Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, on Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis. Craig is a Navy guy, but we forgive him for that. 😉 He’s an outstanding lecturer. The video’s description reads, “When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted […]

Myth of the Lost Cause

Here’s author and Civil War enthusiast Edward Bonekemper speaking on the lost cause myth, based on his latest book. The video’s description reads, “Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by […]

Lunch & Learn: Three Abolitionists Who Helped Change America

Here’s Kelly Hancock of the American Civil War Museum giving an excellent presentation on three African-American abolitionists, David Walker, David Ruggles, and Anthony Burns, who contributed significantly to the movement to abolish slavery. The video’s description reads, “With his Appeal in 1829, David Walker issued a warning to Americans concerning slavery; David Ruggles sacrificed his […]

Unflinching Heroism: The United States Colored Troops at New Market Heights

Here’s Jimmy Price discussing the USCT of the Army of the James in their attack on New Market Heights near Richmond, VA. The video’s description reads, “The first 12 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded to African American soldiers were earned at a battle fought near Richmond. Some were free men fighting to prove that African […]

Lunch & Learn: Exploring the Lost Cause through Virginia’s Confederate Monuments

Here’s historian John Coski of the American Civil War Museum giving a lunchtime presentation at the museum on confederate monuments in Virginia, telling us how to analyze these monuments and figure out what they mean to us and what they meant to those who erected them. This is a great presentation to help us put […]

Blacks and the Civil War

Here’s Professor Edna Greene Medford of Howard University teaching a class on the role of slavery in bringing on the Civil War and the roles played by African-Americans during the war. This is an outstanding class. The video’s description reads, “Professor Edna Medford teaches a course on African-American history at Howard University in Washington, D.C. […]

To Be Free, a Citizen, and a Voter

Here’s Christy Coleman, founding co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum, giving a really good lecture on the Reconstruction Amendments and what it means to be a citizen and a voter. The video’s description reads, “The passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments forever changed American society. Museum Co-CEO Christy Coleman explores the social […]

WPT University Place: Civil War Aftermaths: Wisconsin Union Veterans

Here’s Professor James Marten of Marquette University discussing the issues Union veterans faced after the Civil War, focusing on Wisconsin veterans. The video’s description reads, “James Marten, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Marquette University, discusses issues that plagued Civil War veterans upon their return to civilian life in Wisconsin. Marten delves into medical, financial, […]

2016 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute

On Saturday, April 16, I attended the 2016 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute in Bridgewater, Virginia. It was another excellent program. The symposium’s theme was “Civil War Memory and Memorialization.” The program kicked off with Professor Peter Wallenstein, Professor of History at Virginia Tech. He spoke on “Remembering Reconstruction–And All the Ways It Never Was.” […]