Category Battles

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 […]

The Controversial Court Martial of Fitz John Porter

Here’s the always excellent and always entertaining Ranger Matt Atkinson giving a lecture on Fitz-John Porter’s court-martial as part of the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. This is a terrific presentation. The video’s description reads, “After the Battle of Second Manassas, Porter garnered much of the blame for the defeat. He was […]

Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

This is an excellent book by Robert K. Krick, who is the former chief historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park. It’s a product of prodigious research coupled with a stirring narrative that provides us an enjoyable excursion into a microhistory of a battle that’s often disposed of in one or two paragraphs in standard […]

More on Chancellorsville

For those of you looking for more information on the Battle of Chancellorsville, this is your lucky day: The Civil War Battle Series: Chancellorsville This is Dr. Mark DePue, historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, giving a presentation on the battle. The video’s description reads: “When Union forces clashed with a much […]