Category Battles

Debacle at Balls Bluff: The Battle that Changed the War (Lecture)

Here’s Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn giving a typically excellent presentation as part of the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series. This presentation covers the Battle of Balls Bluff. The video’s description reads, “On October 21st, 1861, Union and Confederate forces fought a bloody battle outside of Leesburg, Virginia. The Union defeat that resulted […]

Civil War Talk Radio Interview On to Petersburg

Here’s historian Gordon C. Rhea talking with host Gerald Prokopowicz on “Civil War Talk Radio” about his new book, On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee June 4-15, 1864. It’s the latest in his Overland Campaign series. Rhea argues the movement to Petersburg was in fact a continuation of that campaign. Notice also what he has to […]

Lee and His Army in Confederate History

This is a book of eight essays by Professor Gary Gallagher. The essays are mostly from other works Professor Gallagher edited in his “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series through the University of North Carolina Press. One essay is his article, “An Old-Fashioned Soldier in a Modern War? Robert E. Lee as Confederate General” […]

The Battle of Monocacy: The Fight that Saved Washington D.C.

Here’s Tracy Evans from the Monocacy National Battlefield giving an excellent lecture on the Battle of Monocacy. This was part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “On July 9th, 1864, Union troops led by General Lew Wallace clashed with Confederate veterans commanded by General Jubal Early. The […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Five

The next essay we’ll consider is Charles P. Roland’s “The Generalship of Robert E. Lee,” from a book of essays Grady McWhiney edited called Grant, Lee, Lincoln and the Radicals. It’s also reproduced in Gary Gallagher’s Lee the Soldier. The page references here are from the Gallagher book. In the essay, Dr. Roland writes, “Exigencies of Southern […]

Battle of South Mountain

Here’s Brian Matthew Jordan giving a presentation on the Battle of South Mountain at the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Brian Matthew Jordan talked about the September 1862 Battle of South Mountain, fought during Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North and in the lead-up to the Battle of […]

Civil War’s Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days’ Battles

Here’s Professor Judkin Browning of Appalachian State University leading a class on  the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days’ Battles. This is a really good lecture, even getting into the daily calorie intake of soldiers and the effects of weather on logistics. The video’s description reads, “Professor Judkin Browning talked about the 1862 Civil War Peninsula […]