Monthly Archives: October 2020

Webinar – Deconstructing Confederate Monuments

Here is a terrific discussion on confederate monuments between Professor Dina Bailey, Professor Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, and Kevin Levin. The video’s description reads, “In fall 2020, the Kutsche Office of Local History hosted a roundtable to examine how memorializing the Confederacy became so widespread even outside the South, how these memorials contribute to historic erasure, their […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1706: The Enduring Civil War

Here’s a terrific conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor Gary Gallagher.

Black Prisoners of War in the Confederacy

Here’s Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall of Virginia Tech giving a presentation based on her research on African American soldiers held as prisoners of war in the confederacy. She has some really good information here. The video’s description reads, “Caroline Wood Newhall, a postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, discussed her research […]

First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore

This C-SPAN program from 2013 was part of their series on the First Ladies of the United States. It features Conover Hunt and Paul Finkelman discussing Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore, who were antebellum first ladies and lived through the road to the Civil War. There is history of interest to students of […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1701: Lincoln on the Verge

Here’s a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Ted Witmer, about Mr. Witmer’s book, Lincoln on the Verge.

A Confederate Heritage Update

In our first article, from McKinney, Texas, we learn, “Another step will be taken towards determining the long-term fate of a statue of James Throckmorton, which currently sits on McKinney’s downtown square. On Tuesday night, the Ad Hoc Advisory Board tasked with gathering information and public input about the statue will present its research and […]

The Rogue Historian: Reflections on the American Civil War with Gary Gallagher

This is an outstanding two-part conversation between host Dr. Keith Harris and his guest, Professor Gary Gallagher. Every student of the war should listen to this conversation. In Part One, the two discuss these topics, according to the podcast’s website: Why Americans are so drawn to this conflict in particular How we both became interested […]

Disease, Death and Civil War Medicine

This is Paige Gibbons Backus giving a presentation at the 2020 Emerging Civil War Virtual Conference on Civil War Medicine. The video’s description reads, “Historic site manager Paige Gibbons Backus discussed the state of medical knowledge at the beginning of the Civil War, including surgical practices and diseases common among the soldiers. She also described advances […]

Our Lincoln

This book edited by Professor Eric Foner is a collection of essays by some excellent Lincoln scholars about our 16th president. In “A. Lincoln, Commander in Chief,” Professor James M. McPherson writes, “As commander in chief in time of war a president performs or oversees five functions in diminishing order of direct activity: policy, national […]

Union Gen. George Sears Greene at Gettysburg

Here’s Dan Welch at the 2020 Emerging Civil War Virtual Symposium giving a fine presentation on General George Sears “Pap” Greene and his performance at the Battle of Gettysburg. The video’s description reads, “During the Battle of Gettysburg’s second day, Union commander George Meade called for reinforcements to beat back an assault his left flank, leaving only […]