Monthly Archives: November 2020

On a Great Battlefield

This is Professor Jennifer Murray’s first book. Instead of a history of the battle of Gettysburg, it’s a history of the Gettysburg battlefield. Along the way she tackles some of the controversies surrounding the changes on the battlefield as well as changes in interpretations of the battle and the Civil War. “Seven score and five […]

The Civil War in Southwestern York County

Here’s my friend, Scott Mingus, giving a pretty good presentation on the Civil War in Southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. The video’s description reads, “Author and lecturer Scott L. Mingus, Sr. presents a PowerPoint talk on the Civil War in Southwestern York County, Pennsylvania. He draws upon official military records, local citizens’ reminiscences, postwar damage claims, […]

The Emancipation Proclamation: Eric Foner and Julie Golia in Conversation

Here’s a terrific conversation between Professor Eric Foner and Dr. Julie Golia, Director of Public History at the Brooklyn Historical Society, on Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Eric Foner and Julie Golia, Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society, speak about Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. This […]

Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction

Here’s Dr. Jonathan Jones giving a really nice presentation on opiate addiction among Civil War veterans. The video’s description reads, “Jonathan Jones of Penn State University talked about widespread opiate addiction among Civil War veterans. He explained how prescribing opium and morphine — common treatments used for wartime injuries — grew into lifelong drug dependence […]

Finding the Source with Prof. Kate Masur (Northwestern University)

Here’s an excellent conversation between Professor Pete Carmichael, Dr .Ashley Whitehead Luskey, and Professor Kate Masur. The video’s description reads, “This week’s installment of the CWI’s discussion series with leading historians sees Dr. Kate Masur, an associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, join Dr. Carmichael and Dr. Luskey. Together, they have a discussion on […]

Slavery and the Constitution

Here’s a nice discussion between Deirdre Jones, Hope Wright, and Professor Allison Orr Larsen on slavery’s role in the framing of the Constitution. The video’s description reads, “In a discussion hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a law professor and two actors who portray free and enslaved blacks at Williamsburg discussed the role compromises over […]

Finding The Source with Historian Eric Mink, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Here’s an excellent conversation between Professor Pete Carmichael and Dr. Ashley Luskey and their guest, Eric Mink of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The video’s description reads, “CWI Director, Peter Carmichael and Assistant Director, Ashley Whitehead Luskey interview Eric Mink, Historian and Cultural Resources Specialist at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, with […]

Checking in on Confederate Heritage

It’s been awhile since we checked in on confederate heritage’s retreat across the land. As this article tells us, two possible future racists at a Texas high school face disciplinary measures for wearing confederate flag attire at the school in violation of the school’s dress code. “Two Texas students are facing disciplinary action after wearing […]

U. S. Grant: The Making of a General, 1861-1863

This book by Professor Michael Ballard traces the rise of Ulysses S. Grant and his education as a general officer during the Civil War. According to Professor Ballard, “The most important Grant legacy is that he rarely complained, was unrelenting, and just kept on keeping on, even during times of extraordinary stress. His resilience, determination, […]

The Rogue Historian: Seceding from Secession with Eric J. Wittenberg

Here’s an excellent conversation between host Dr. Keith Harris and his guest, Eric Wittenberg about Eric’s book about the creation of West Virginia. They discuss these topics: The long standing tensions between the eastern and western counties of Virginia The reaction of people in the western counties when Virginia votes to secede The 1st and […]