Monthly Archives: September 2017

African American Life in Philadelphia

Here’s Professor Judy Giesberg of Villanova University again speaking about African-Americans in Philadelphia in the Civil War Era and in Reconstruction. This is a good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Judith Giesberg talked about what life was like for African Americans in Philadelphia during and after the Civil War. She described how many former slaves took out […]

Civil War-Era Women and Volunteerism

Here’s Professor Judy Giesberg giving a class on women during the Civil War and their volunteer efforts. This is a pretty good class. The video’s description reads, “Professor Judith Giesberg talked about the ways northern middle-class women volunteered during the Civil War. She focused on Louisa May Alcott’s time as Civil War nurse chronicled in her book, Hospital Sketches.” //

Civil War’s Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days’ Battles

Here’s Professor Judkin Browning of Appalachian State University leading a class on  the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days’ Battles. This is a really good lecture, even getting into the daily calorie intake of soldiers and the effects of weather on logistics. The video’s description reads, “Professor Judkin Browning talked about the 1862 Civil War Peninsula […]

Union General Winfield Hancock at Gettysburg

Mr. Paul Bretzger talks about his book on Hancock at Gettysburg. Mr. Bretzger is very obviously a devoted admirer of Hancock’s. To Mr. Bretzger his hero can do no wrong. I frankly find presentations like this annoying in the extreme, and this is a prime example. The presentation is devoid of any semblance of objective […]

Road to Appomattox

Here’s novelist Ralph Peters talking about his new fictional account of the Appomattox campaign. You’re not going to get a good historical analysis here, but he’s an entertaining speaker. The video’s description reads, “Ralph Peters talked about his book, Judgement at Appomattox, and described the last maneuvers of Generals Ulysses S. Grant Grant and Robert E. […]

The Confederacy in Retreat in Texas and North Carolina

Following the removal of a statue to former U.S. Army colonel and insurrectionist leader Robert E. Lee from Dallas’ Oak Lawn Park, a city task force on confederate monuments is recommending more moves regarding removing monuments and even changing street names. “The group voted to recommend name  changes to five streets tied to Confederate figures. […]

Researching and Writing Civil War Books Panel

Here’s a panel discussion of authors of recent books from Savas-Beattie publishers. The discussion is a bit uneven at times, but since I’ve seen one book for sure I don’t want to buy it at least is saving money. 😉 The video’s description reads, “Civil War authors talked about how they started writing about their topics, […]

Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry

Here’s author Steven LaBarre speaking about the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry, which has a connection to his family. The video’s description reads, “Steven LaBarre talked about the Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War. He described the background of some of the soldiers, the action they saw, and their lives after the war. He also […]

Gettysburg Natives Who Fought for the South

Here’s author Tom McMillan speaking on the subject of his book, Gettysburg natives who fought for the confederacy. This is a fairly good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Tom McMillan talked about Gettysburg natives who fought for the Confederacy. He described the lives of five men who moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined […]

Union Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs

Here’s author Robert O’Harrow speaking about Major General Montgomery Meigs, the Union’s Quartermaster General. The video’s description reads, “Robert O’Harrow talked about his book on Montgomery Meigs, Union quartermaster general during the Civil War. Meigs was responsible for supplying Union armies in the field but also developed Washington, D.C.’s infrastructure and built or expanded several national buildings […]