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Douglas Southall Freeman on Sources

Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a confederate veteran, was a journalist and historian in Virginia. He wrote a 4-volume biography of Robert E. Lee that rightly won the Pulitzer Prize. He followed that with a 3-volume work titled Lee’s Lieutenants, which delved into a history of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Next […]

Civil War Infantry Tactics and Weapons Lecture

Here’s historian Earl Hess speaking on infantry weapons and tactics in the Civil War at the 2016 Pamplin Park Symposium. Dr. Hess is an outstanding historian and this is an excellent and informative lecture. The video’s description reads, “Earl Hess talked about the different infantry formations and maneuvers used during the Civil War and when […]

Why Study History?

This is an excellent book by John Fea, Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College. Professor Fea is also a blogging colleague, blogging at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, which is also the title of an earlier book of his, subtitled, Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural […]

Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing

In this Ben Franklin’s World podcast, host Liz Covart speaks with historian Michael McDonnell of the University of Sydney on historiography and how historians use it in their work, as well as why it’s important for us students to understand it. Here’s what we’ll learn: What You’ll Discover Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade Langlade’s Native American […]

Ari Kelman, The American Civil War

Here’s another podcast from Ben Franklin’s World. Host Liz Covart interviews historian Ari Kelman about his graphic history of the Civil War. The podcast’s website tells us this is what we’ll learn in this episode: What You’ll Discover How writing a graphic history differs from writing a traditional history book When and how the Civil […]

Civil War’s outcome affected by rock formations, terrain

This story reports on the results of a UNC-Charlotte geologist’s study of how geology impacted battles in the war. Professor Scott Hippensteel tells us, “It is not an overstatement to say that rocks helped determine the outcome of the Civil War. Geology determines terrain, and terrain can be exploited by a skilled commander on both offense […]

Sharon Block, How to Research History Online

Here’s a good podcast from Ben Franklin’s World with host Liz Covart discussing researching history on the internet with Professor Sharon Block of the University of California-Irvine. There are some really good tips for all of us students to help us in our own research efforts. In addition to listing all the links mentioned in […]