Monthly Archives: May 2018

1864 Civil War Overland Campaign

Here’s Brian Matthew Jordan of Sam Houston University giving a lecture on the 1864 Overland Campaign. You can tell he’s one of David Blight’s students. He’s absorbed Professor Blight’s lecture style. The video’s description reads, “Sam Houston State University professor Brian Matthew Jordan taught a class about the Civil War’s Overland Campaign, which took place […]

Civil War-Era Women in the Federal Workforce

Here’s author Jessica Ziparo speaking at the National Archives speaking on the challenges women in the Civil War era faced as part of the Federal work force. The video’s description reads, “Jessica Ziparo, author of This Grand Experiment, talked about the experiences of women who worked for the federal government during the Civil War. She described the […]

Confederate Monuments: What to Do?

This is a panel discussion from the 2018 meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Professor Edward Ayers is the moderator, and the panelists are Christy Coleman, the CEO of the American Civil War Museum, Turkiya Lowe, the Chief Historian of the National Park Service, and Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen of New York University. This is […]

The Antietam Campaign

This is another book of essays from editor Gary Gallagher covering the Maryland Campaign of 1862. This one contains ten essays–eleven if we count the bibliographic essay at the end. The first essay, by Gary Gallagher, was “The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor,” and covers the confederate reaction to the campaign. […]

1850 Fugitive Slave Law and 1960s Racial Unrest

Here’s historian Richard Blackett discussing the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law along with historian Peter Levy discussing racial unrest in the 1960s. The video’s description reads, “Authors Richard Blackett and Peter Levy discussed their respective books, one on the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the other on the racial unrests during the 1960s. They talked about the […]

The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

This book by Ted Alexander, who was the Chief Historian at Antietam National Battlefield, comes to us from The History Press’ Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. It’s a short book, able to be read in a single sitting, and provides a fine introduction to the battle. He sets the stage by providing a very short precis […]

Antietam: Essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign

This is a book of essays edited by Professor Gary Gallagher. Out of the five essays in the book, Professor Gallagher contributes two essays, Dennis Frye, former Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry, contributes one essay, Robert K. Krick, former chief historian at the Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park, contributes one essay, and A. Wilson Greene, […]

Mississippi’s Free State of Jones

This documentary, just short of a half-hour, is a very good production from Mississippi Public Broadcasting concerning Newt Knight and the Free State of Jones. It includes comments from Victoria Bynum, perhaps the best authority on Jones County in the Civil War and Reconstruction. You can access the documentary here.

Talk on Rebel Yell

Here’s S. C. Gwynne,, author of Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, discussing Jackson’s life. This is another decent presentation, though I’m prejudiced in favor of Professor Robertson speaking on Jackson. The video’s description reads, “S.C. Gwynne talked about his book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, in which […]

Fortune’s Fool

Here’s author Terry Alford talking about his book, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth. This is a decent talk. The video’s description reads, “Terry Alford talked about his book Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, in which he recalls the life of John Wilkes Booth, from his childhood in Maryland to his acting career […]