Category Battles

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1515: A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg. Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater

This is an excellent conversation between host Gerald Prokopowicz and author A. Wilson Greene on the book, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle For Petersburg, Volume 1. This is a book students of the war need, and let’s hope Wil completes Volumes 2 and 3 in less time than he thinks will be necessary. Advertisements

The Battle of Bristoe Station: Lee Renews the Offensive

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 Ranger Matt Atkinson gave a typically outstanding presentation on the battle of Bristoe Station as part of the Gettysburg National Battlefield’s Winter Lecture Series. He began with Lee’s retreat across the Potomac on July 13-14, 1863 after the battle of Gettysburg. The armies eventually moved to their original positions around […]

Cold Harbor to the Crater

This book of essays marks a transition from Professor Gary Gallagher to Professor Caroline Janney as the editor of the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series from the University of North Carolina Press. In the first essay, “The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other,” Dr. Gallagher compares the perceptions of Lee and Grant in […]

Pickett’s Charge

This book, published in 1959, is still very useful for students of the war. He begins by going over the general situation on July 3. “On this morning of the third day of battle the Confederates were still on the offensive. As Lee stated it, ‘The general plan was unchanged.’ On the Union right, Ewell […]

Battle of Little Bighorn

Here’s a tour of the Little Bighorn exhibits in the National Museum of the American Indian conducted by Cecile Ganteaume, the associate curator of the museum. It’s a nice tour discussing Indian culture, but not much on the battle itself. I got the impression that she doesn’t know much about the battle. The video’s description […]

The Battle of Fredericksburg 156 Years Later

Journalist Ted Schubel posted a couple of short video excerpts from tours at Fredericksburg featuring National Park Service stars John Hennessy and Frank O’Reilly. Here’s John Hennessy talking about the Federal artillery bombardment of the city: “December 11, 1862 in Fredericksburg. The first bombardment of an American town by an American Army. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania […]

Town Talk- Dec 5, 2018

In this installment, historian John Hennessy, the Chief Historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, speaks with host Ted Schubel. This is a very good conversation. The episode’s description reads, “Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessy on Presidents visiting the area, the importance of anniversaries, the Spared and Shared […]