Monthly Archives: July 2017

Virginia’s Reluctant Secession

This is an article by William W. Freehling in Volume 5, Issue Number 4 (May, 2002) of North & South Magazine (pages 80-89) covering the results of his research into Virginia’s secession. Earlier that year, Professor Freehling gave a paper to the University of Richmond’s Douglas Southall Freeman and Southern Intellectual History Conferences titled, “Virginia’s (Reluctant) […]

Institute for Honor 2015: “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace” with H.W. Brands

Here’s historian H. W. Brands giving a lecture at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA on Lincoln and Grant. The video’s description reads, “Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ […]

The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top

This book by Oliver Wilcox Norton is one of, of not the earliest systematic gathering and synthesis of accounts of the action at Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. Norton was present for the battle, being the brigade bugler for Colonel Strong Vincent’s brigade of the Fifth Corps. He witnessed much of the battle […]

Andrew Jackson and the Constitution

Here’s Professor Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University speaking on how Andrew Jackson’s presidency affected our understanding of the Constitution. The video’s description reads, “Professor Akhil Reed Amar talked about how the presidency of Andrew Jackson transformed the Constitution in ways that still apply. He responded to questions from members of the audience. ‘Our Jacksonian Constitution’ was a […]

A Load of Buell? Another Look at The Cannoneer (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger Bert Barnett giving a presentation as part of the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. This lecture covers Augustus C. Buell, who wrote a book he claimed was his memoir of his service in the Civil War. Buell fabricated an enormous amount of material in his writings and plagiarized a number […]

Earl Hess & Chris Hartley from A House Divided Archives

This comes to us from the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. It’s a 2010 virtual book signing with Earl Hess and his book on the Battle of the Crater and Chris Hartley and his book on Stoneman’s Cavalry Raid. It’s a fairly decent discussion of the two books.

New York City During the Civil War

Here is Barnet Schecter, John Strausbaugh, and Richard Brookhiser discussing the role New York City played in the Civil War. It was at once a city that harbored great disloyalty and great loyalty to the United States during the war. The video’s description says, “Historians talked about New York City during the Civil War, emphasizing residents’ […]

“A Simple Hop, Skip, and Jump?” Burnside and His Bridge at Antietam: A Reexamination (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving an outstanding lecture as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series. This lecture considers Major General Ambrose E. Burnside’s performance at the Battle of Antietam. The video’s description reads, “Major General Ambrose E. Burnside ranks among the most maligned generals of the American Civil War and […]

Our Man in Charleston

Here’s journalist Christopher Dickey talking about his book, Our Man in Charleston. The video’s description reads, “Christopher Dickey talked about his book Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South, in which he recalls the role played by Robert Bunch, British consul assigned to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1853, in the lead-up to the American […]

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 016: Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Here’s historian Alan Taylor appearing on Liz Covart’s excellent podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World.” He’s talking about slavery in Virginia in the Revolution and the War of 1812. We’ll learn these things from the podcast: How Alan came to investigate slavery and war in Virginia The resettlement of African American refugees in Nova Scotia after the […]