Monthly Archives: October 2019

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1608: The Fight for the Old North State

Here’s a nice conversation between host Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz and guest Hampton Newsome on the Civil War in North Carolina.


Here’s an excellent episode of “Backstory” with Professor Eric Foner discussing the Reconstruction Amendments with host Professor Edward Ayers. You can access the program here.

Virginia Museum of History and Culture: Searching for Black Confederates

Here’s Kevin Levin giving an excellent presentation in the Banner Lecture series to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on his book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth.

The Union Soldier in Battle

This fine book from Professor Earl Hess is solidly based on the letters, diaries, and memoirs of Union Civil War soldiers. It’s an early one of his many books. His object in this book is to “attempt to understand how the Northern soldier dealt with combat in the Civil War.” [p. ix] Since there had […]

The Rogue Historian Episode 068: Disability, Masculinity, and War with Sarah Handley-Cousins

Here’s host Dr. Keith Harris speaking with his guest, Dr. Sarah Handley-Cousins. This is really a good discussion about a topic students of the Civil War normally don’t look at. You can access the podcast here.

Ulysses S. Grant’s Second Petersburg Offensive

Here’s Wil Greene at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium giving a presentation on Grant’s Second Petersburg Offensive. The video’s description reads, “A. Wilson Greene analyzed Ulysses S. Grant’s lesser-known second Petersburg offensive, which took place in June 1864 as Union forces attempted to capture Petersburg, Virginia, before Confederate General Robert E. Lee could reinforce his lines […]

How Slavery Hurt the U.S. Economy

In this article, economist Dr. Karl Smith discusses how the institution of slavery retarded the progress of the United States’s economy. “One school of thought argues that slavery in general, and cotton in particular, was the driving force behind the development of America’s distinctive brand of capitalism. (The New York Times’s ambitious 1619 Project contains a good encapsulation of […]

Battle of Wilson’s Creek

Here’s Kristen Pawlak giving a very nice presentation on the Battle of Wilson’s Creek at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium. The video’s description reads, “Kristen Pawlak talked about the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, fought between Union and Confederate forces in southwest Missouri in August 1861. She explained that the conflict, while not widely known, […]

The 1526 Project: Horrors in Florida’s Black History You Didn’t Learn in School

I found this article today. It outlines some of the oppression African Americans faced in Florida from its earliest history. We learn, “The New York Times‘ groundbreaking ‘1619 Project‘ examined the legacy of slavery on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to America’s 13 original colonies. But slavery existed in the Spanish colony of […]

The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

Enslaved people in the Deep South had a long way to go to get to Northern states or to Canada and freedom. However, Mexico, which was also free territory and had no Fugitive Slave Law, was a lot closer, especially for enslaved people in Texas. This article talks about the “Underground Railroad” that went south […]