Author Archives: Al Mackey

Bonds of War

Here’s Professor David Thomson giving a really good presentation on the financing of the Civil War through selling bonds. The video’s description reads, “Author David Thomson blended Civil War-era financial and political history to show how the marketing and sale of bonds helped ensure foreign countries’ vested interest in the Union’s success. The Filson Historical Society in […]

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier – Writing Civil War History

Here’s a panel discussion of Civil War historians discussing how they write about the Civil War and what they are working on now. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historians talked about what projects they are working on and what goes into writing about the Civil War. The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, hosted […]

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier – 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor

Here’s Gordon Rhea giving an excellent presentation at Pamplin Park on the Battle of Cold Harbor. The video’s description reads, “Historian Gordon Rhea discussed the Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor, Confederate Gen. Lee’s last major victory and a bloodbath for the Union army. The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, hosted […]

West Virginia Statehood

Here’s Professor William Hal Gorby giving a pretty good lecture on how West Virginia broke from Virginia and became a state. The video’s description reads, “West Virginia University professor William Gorby taught a class on the formation of West Virginia and its entry into the Union during the Civil War. West Virginia University is located […]

American Colonies after the Seven Years War

Here’s Professor Katlyn Carter giving a really good lecture on the roots of the American Revolution, specifically actions the British took after the Seven Years War that led to colonial dissatisfaction with the British Empire. The video’s description reads, “University of Notre Dame professor Katlyn Carter taught a class about British imperial reforms and American colonial grievances […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

This week we begin with this article from Jacksonville, Florida. “The Take ‘Em Down Jax protestors still rally each Friday in front of City Hall demanding the removal of the Confederate monument from Springfield Park. They might still be picketing in July when the next mayor and City Council take office because the current council has repeatedly put […]

A Toxic Mix of Anti-War and Anti-Abolitionist Sentiment Led to the North’s First Riots

This article by Jake Wynn appeared in the February, 2022 issue of Civil War Times. “The surging mass of armed men stopped the train full of Union recruits and herded the passengers out of their cars. The bold move occurred in Pennsylvania, sending shock waves across the Keystone State. Governor Andrew Curtin dashed off a […]

Grant, Slavery, and Saint Louis

This is a great discussion with Nick Sacco of the US Grant National Historic Site on Grant and slavery. Nick is an outstanding historian and is an expert on US Grant. The video’s description reads, “Join historian Nick Sacco from the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site as he discusses a new exhibit he’s created […]

Discussing Civil War Movies

In two parts, Garry Addelman and Professor Gary Gallagher discuss and rate various Civil War movies. Part One: Part Two:

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Dr. Carrie E. Janney

Here’s Professor Caroline Janney giving an outstanding presentation on what happened to confederate soldiers after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, using a single soldier as a model. The video’s description reads, “Appomattox has long served to mark the end of the American Civil War. Yet closely examining the spring and summer of 1865 reveals a far […]