Category Battles

153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Spring

Yesterday, July 15, 2017, I was back in the Old Dominion, always a great thing, to attend the commemoration of the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Spring. You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of this battle. It doesn’t always get brought up in discussions of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and usually if […]

Longstreet & Huger: The Battle of Seven Pines (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger Karlton Smith giving a lecture on the Battle of Seven Pines and the conflict between Benjamin Huger and James Longstreet. This was part of the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “The battle of Seven Pines cannot be considered a Confederate success. Who was to blame? Was […]

Union Command and Shenandoah Valley in 1864

Here’s Professor Joseph Glatthaar of UNC-Chapel Hill speaking about the Union command structure in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. This is a pretty good presentation and was part of the 2017 Nau Center Signature Conference at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Joseph Glatthaar talked about the political intrigues within the Union Army’s […]

1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns

Here’s Professor Edward Ayers, formerly the President of Richmond University, giving a typically outstanding presentation on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. This was part of the 2017 Nau Center Signature Conference held at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Edward Ayers talked about the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns during the Civil War. He […]

Custer’s Last Stand

This Sunday is the 141st anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” June 25, 1876 was a shock to the United States. Custer was the most famous Indian fighter in the army at the time. As the nation was preparing to celebrate its centennial, the news came […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day Four

Today was battlefield tour day. I was on the Cedar Mountain tour with Ranger Greg Mertz, the supervisory historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park. Check out the link for information on the battle and for battle maps. More information here. Cedar Mountain took place on August 9, 1862. Here are some views of Cedar […]

1863 Chattanooga Campaign

Here are historians Craig Symonds and John Marszalek talking about the 1863 Chattanooga Campaign in a program sponsored by the New York Historical Society and hosted by author Harold Holzer. The two historians do a wonderful job, but unfortunately they retain, I believe, a discredited view of Braxton Bragg. The video’s description reads, “Historians talked […]