Monthly Archives: January 2019

Remembering Lee 2011 with Dr. James I. Robertson Jr., “Lee and the Mobilization of Forces 1861”

Here’s a typically excellent presentation by Professor James I. Robertson Jr. on Robert E. Lee in 1861. Professor Robertson gave this presentation at Washington and Lee University. The video’s description reads, “Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. presented a talk on ‘Lee and the Mobilization of Forces 1861’ in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee […]

Ty Seidule, “Robert E. Lee & Me: Reflections on Confederate Memory by a W&L Grad, Soldier & Scholar”

Here’s Colonel Ty Seidule of the United States Military Academy Department of History speaking in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University on Constitution Day giving an excellent lecture on his relationship with R. E. Lee and confederate memory.

Pickett’s Charge

This book, published in 1959, is still very useful for students of the war. He begins by going over the general situation on July 3. “On this morning of the third day of battle the Confederates were still on the offensive. As Lee stated it, ‘The general plan was unchanged.’ On the Union right, Ewell […]

Remembering Robert E. Lee 2010 with William C. Davis, “Robert E. Lee, The Man in the Middle”

Here’s William C. “Jack” Davis delivering an excellent presentation on Robert E. Lee in 1860 delivered in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University. The video’s description reads, “William C. Davis, a noted historian and prolific author, talks about Lee’s decisions and actions in the year leading up to the start of the American […]

Business Barons of the Civil War North

Today, January 26, 2019, I attended a reception for and a terrific lecture by Jeffry Wert at the National Civil War Museum regarding his new book, Civil War Barons. In that book, he profiles nineteen businessmen who either made a great impact on Union victory or made their fortunes as a result of what they did […]

After Charleston and Charlottesville: The Future of Confederate History

Here’s a great conversation between Dr. Gary Gallagher and Dr. Edward Ayers on the state of Civil War scholarship and the future of the study of confederate history. The sound quality isn’t very good, but the video is still well worth the time investment. The video’s description reads, “The 23rd annual Elizabeth Roller Bottimore Lecture […]

Battle of Little Bighorn

Here’s a tour of the Little Bighorn exhibits in the National Museum of the American Indian conducted by Cecile Ganteaume, the associate curator of the museum. It’s a nice tour discussing Indian culture, but not much on the battle itself. I got the impression that she doesn’t know much about the battle. The video’s description […]

The ‘Very Particular’ History Being Presented At Confederate Sites

This is a discussion from NPR’s “Fresh Aire” program. Host Dave Davies speaks with journalist and author Brian Palmer, who toured a number of confederate heritage sites, discovering fake and distorted history. We’ve previously covered the story he wrote in Smithsonian Magazine here. You can access the 17:07 program here. He talks about some of the […]

Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine

This book by Jim Weeks is not a history of the battle, but rather a history of how the battle has been remembered and how each generation changes the battlefield to fit how it wants to remember the battle. He tells us, “In addition to coming to terms with fundamental questions, the following chapters also […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1516: Six Days in September: A novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862

This is a nice conversation between host Gerald Prokopowicz and author Alexander B. Rossino regarding Dr. Rossino’s novel, Six Days in September, written from the confederate perspective. It sounds like an interesting book.