Category Battles

To the Gates of Richmond

While this book by Stephen Sears is subtitled, “The Peninsula Campaign,” it actually covers both the Peninsula campaign and the Seven Days campaign. Being a Stephen Sears book, it’s also concerned with taking shots at Major General George B. McClellan. When McClellan placed his original plan to land the army at Urbanna, Lincoln asked for […]

Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion – Full Feature Documentary

This is a really good documentary about the battle of Gettysburg. After all, any documentary that has Sam Elliott reading John Buford’s messages can’t be all bad.

The Union Generals Speak

With this book, editor Bill Hyde gives us transcripts of the testimonies US generals gave to the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War regarding the battle of Gettysburg. Along the way Hyde provides his own comment to put the testimony in perspective and provides his interpretations of the testimony and the actions of […]

Eric Wittenberg Lecture: Battling the Myths of Gettysburg

Here’s Eric Wittenberg, an award-winning cavalry historian, giving a typically excellent lecture at his alma mater, Dickinson University, on some of the myths surrounding the battle of Gettysburg. The video’s description reads, “Annual Wert Lecture by Eric Wittenberg, ’83, on “Battling Gettysburg Myths,” ATS Auditorium, Dickinson College, Saturday, November 20, 2021, 7pm to 815pm.”

Civil War Petersburg

Here’s Will Greene at the 2021 Pamplin Park symposium giving a great talk on the First Offensive at Petersburg. Unfortunately, his microphone cut out a few times early in the talk. The technical folks were able to fix it, though. The video’s description reads, “Former Pamplin Historical Park Executive Director Wilson Green talked about Civil […]

Petersburg & the 1864 Hicksford Raid

Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael giving an excellent presentation at the 2021 fall Pamplin Park symposium on the 1864 Hicksford Raid. The video’s description reads, “Gettysburg College Civil War Institute director Peter Carmichael talked about the Petersburg Campaign and the 1864 Hicksford Raid which took place on December 7, 1864, when Union Major General Govereur Warren tried to […]

Archaeologists Take on Culp’s Hill

This article tells us about some recent archaeological work on Culp’s Hill at the Gettysburg National Military Park. “Steps from remains of Union earthworks and within sight of the ‘God Tree,’ Gettysburg National Military Park archaeologist Erik Kreusch and two volunteers sweep metal detectors over deep-brown earth. ‘Beep, beep, beeepppp ….’ A pricey machine squeals, announcing the presence of metal […]

Thunder Along the Mississippi

This book by journalist and novelist Jack D. Coombe looks at the riverine war fought in what we today call the Midwest. In telling us why he wrote the book, Mr. Coombe writes, “I have always been of the opinion that there should be an up-to-date, intimate look at the young navy, especially in the […]

John Buford at Gettysburg

Here’s historian Eric Wittenberg leading an excellent tour of sites related to Brigadier General John Buford’s actions at Gettysburg.

Civil War Institute Fall Program Day Three

The third and final day of the Civil War Institute’s fall program was a terrific experience. We began with Ranger Dan Vermilyea discussing the North Carolina monument. He discussed the unveiling of the monument and the speeches at the unveiling. The monument was draped with the American Flag prior to its unveiling. Next, Supervisory Ranger […]