Author Archives: Al Mackey

“Tige” Anderson and his Brigade – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a great battle walk following confederate George “Tige” Anderson and his brigade in the attack on the Union position in Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Don’t get used to the beard. Advertisements

An Iconographic Roundup

There have been quite a few stories out since last we discussed the confederate iconography issue. Let’s tackle a few. In “Why Can’t North Carolina Let Go of the Lost Cause?” journalist Erica Hellerstein reports on the October, 1909 speech of North Carolina Governor William W. Kitchin at the dedication of a confederate monument in Granville […]

Civil War Journal General Ulysses S Grant: ‘Mr Lincolns Butcher’

Here’s an episode of “Civil War Journal,” from back when the History Channel actually cared about doing history programming. This one concerns Ulysses S. Grant. I’m sure it’ll be taken down within a few days, so watch it while you can. Thomas Fleming and William McFeely detract from the program, but it’s pretty good otherwise.

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

This book by James M. McPherson is a decent account of the Maryland Campaign from the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series. He tells us in the Preface, “The meaning of freedom was central tot he meaning of the American Civil War. Freedom, or liberty, has been a contested issue through all of American history. […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “A Great Weight at My Heart”: The Army of the Potomac after Gettysburg

Here’s Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn of the Gettysburg National Military Park giving a lecture in the GNMP’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series. This lecture is about what the men of the Army of the Potomac said after the Battle of Gettysburg. It’s a pretty good presentation. The video’s description reads, “This presentation, ‘A Great Weight at […]

Notable Civil War Lives

This is the panel discussion responding to audience questions at the 2018 Nau Center for Civil War Studies symposium held at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Historians responded to audience questions about notable figures during the Civil War era. Highlighted people included Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, abolitionist and Republican Party activist Anna Dickinson, and African American […]

Speeches and Writings of Frederick Douglass

Here’s Professor David Blight of Yale University speaking about Frederick Douglass. This was part of the 2018 Nau Center for Civil War History symposium held at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Yale University professor David Blight talked about the political — and often religious — rhetoric that Frederick Douglass used when writing or speaking about […]