Category Battles

The Fight for the Old North State

This book by Hampton Newsome was a lot of fun to read. It’s deeply researched, well written with a compelling narrative, and delves deeply into a part of the war most accounts simply gloss over. Focused on the first five months of 1864 in North Carolina, the book gives us a detailed view of the […]

General George G. Meade’s Council of War, July 2, 1863

Here’s Professor Jennifer Murray giving an example of the remote learning taking place during the Trumpvirus social distancing. She discusses the council of war Major General George Meade conducted on the evening of July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg.

One Continuous Fight

This book by Eric Wittenberg, J. D. Petruzzi, and Mike Nugent tells the story of the U.S. Cavalry’s pursuit of and fights with the defeated confederate army after Gettysburg, along with Major General George G. Meade’s decisions and pursuit of Lee’s men with his infantry. It’s a balanced discussion of the events, neither completely blaming […]

What Caused the Civil War?

Here, Professors Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh discuss what caused the Civil War at the 2019 Lincoln Forum. The video’s description reads, “Historians Joan Waugh and Gary Gallagher answered – what caused the Civil War? Ms. Waugh and Mr. Gallagher co-authored, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. Their remarks were part of the annual Lincoln Forum symposium in […]

The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns

This book by Professor Steven Sodergren of Norwich University is a deeply researched look at Union soldiers and how the Overland and Petersburg campaigns affected them. He’s delved deeply into United States Army soldiers and their writings, both letters and diaries. We learn, “There was arguably no bloodier time in American history than the months […]

Fall 1863 Virginia Campaigns

Here’s Jeffrey Hunt giving a nice presentation to the Pamplin Park 2019 Symposium regarding Meade and Lee and their actions after the Gettysburg campaign. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholar Jeffrey Hunt detailed the movements of General George Meade and Union forces from July to December 1863 as they followed Confederates through Virginia. This event was part of Pamplin […]

Battle of Fort Fisher

Here’s the author Rod Gragg giving a presentation on the Battle of Fort Fisher to the Pamplin Park 2019 symposium. I have to admit I was not impressed whenever he got beyond Fort Fisher. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholar Rod Gragg discussed the Battle of Fort Fisher, which occured in December 1864 and January 1865. Though […]

The Defenses of Washington during the Gettysburg Campaign

Here’s Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington giving a typically terrific presentation as part of the 2020 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series.

Freemasons at Gettysburg w Matt Atkinson

Here’s Ranger Matt Atkinson giving the kickoff of the 2020 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series.

1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Here’s Jim Morgan, who is, if not the top expert on the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, is one of the top two or three. He’s giving an outstanding presentation on Ball’s Bluff to the 2019 Pamplin Park Symposium The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholar James Morgan discussed the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff that occurred near […]