Category Battles

From Cedar Mountain to Antietam

Scott Hartwig updated and revised this second edition of the classic by Edward Stackpole for its 1993 reissue, correcting many errors and tweaking the interpretation. As a result, even though the original was published in 1959, the book matches up pretty well with current scholarship. This is a pure military history of these campaigns. Those […]

Joshua Chamberlain at Petersburg

Here’s Dennis Rasbach at the 2016 Pamplin Park Civil War Symposium on his view of where Joshua Chamberlain was when he was wounded at Petersburg. This has become quite the controversy, involving the location of a historical marker. The video’s description reads, “Dennis Rasbach talks about Union officer Joshua Chamberlain, who was wounded on June […]

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 […]

Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War

American Heroes Channel has a 6-part miniseries called “Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War.” The first episode aired this week and covered the First Battle of Bull Run [Manassas]. I thought it was a typical modern-day documentary with the obligatory “talking heads” and actors portraying soldiers. They made some great choices in the talking heads, […]

Federal Breakthrough at Petersburg

Here’s Edward Alexander at the Emerging Civil War 2016 Symposium speaking on what led to the end of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Federal breakthrough at Petersburg, Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Edward Alexander, author of Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg, March 25-April 2, 1865, talked about the engagements between Confederate and Union […]

Book Talk- Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight

Here’s William J. Miller giving a talk at the American Civil War Center based on his book about the Battle of Tom’s Brook. The presentation leaves much to be desired in terms of organization and speaking mechanics, but he does has some fair information. The video’s description reads, “George Custer and Tom Rosser were fast […]

Army of Tennessee’s Assault at Franklin

Here’s Lee White at the 2016 Emerging Civil War Symposium discussing the assault Hood’s Army of Tennessee made at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. The video’s description reads, “Lee White talked about the Confederate Army of Tennessee’s failed assault at the Battle of Franklin. In November 1864, after Union General William Sherman captured Atlanta and […]