Category Books

TWOILH Episode 85: Reckoning With Confederate Monuments

This episode of “The Way of Improvement Leads Home” podcast features an outstanding interview by Professor John Fea with Professor Karen Cox. The podcast’s description reads, “Historian Karen L. Cox argues that ‘when it comes to Confederate monuments, there is no common ground.’ In this episode, we talk with Cox about the history of Confederate monuments and […]

Former Friends – Union General Hancock and Confederate General Armistead

In this presentation, Tom McMillan discusses what he found out about the relationship between Major General Winfield Scott Hancock and the confederate brigade commander Lewis Armistead. The video’s description reads, “Author Tom McMillan told the story of how the Civil War divided two former friends, Union General Winfield Scott Hancock and Confederate General Lewis Armistead. The Gettysburg Heritage […]

The Peach Orchard at the Battle of Gettysburg

Here’s Jim Hessler giving a presentation based on his latest book. He wrote the book on Sickles at Gettysburg, and this presentation seemed like a rehash of that book. I was hoping he’d get more into the troop movements and the actual fighting and what happened during the attack. Instead, it was about Sickles. Still, […]

Finding the Source: The Mexican-American War with Dr. Amy Greenberg

Here’s an excellent discussion about the Mexican-American War between Professor Peter Carmichael and Dr. Ashley Luskey of Gettysburg College and Professor Amy Greenberg of Penn State University. The video’s description reads, “Often overlooked or over-simplified, the Mexican-American War fractured the nation and set the stage for the cataclysmic events of the U.S. Civil War just […]

First With the Most

Robert Selph Henry, a Tennessean railroad executive and lawyer, published this book in 1944. Mr. Henry was quite obviously smitten with Forrest, as this biography is, in a word, fawning. No story that puts Forrest on a pedestal, it seems, is left out. He does bust the myth that Forrest said, “git thar fustust with […]

Faces of Revolution

In this book, Professor Bernard Bailyn argues the people who were in charge of various sides in the American Revolution mattered, and it mattered who was in charge. He believes, “there was nothing inevitable about the American Revolution. It did not need to happen, and as late as 1772 or 1773 the best-informed people of […]

Freed Slaves and Native Americans

This is Professor Alaina Roberts discussing those African Americans who had been enslaved by Native Americans and were freed at the end of the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Alaina Roberts discussed her new book, ‘I’ve Been Here All the While – Black Freedom on Native Land,’ in which she uses archival research and […]

How the Word Is Passed

Here’s a nice discussion with Clint Smith about his book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. It would have been much better had the discussion been between Mr. Smith and a historian of slavery or of the lost cause lie. The video’s description reads, “Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith looked […]

CWTR Episode 1732: Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command

Here’s a really good discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Kent Masterson Brown, on Mr. Brown’s latest book, Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command.

Finding the Source, with Kenneth Noe: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War

Here is an excellent conversation between Professor Peter Carmichael, Dr. Ashley Whitehead Luskey, and Professor Ken Noe on Professor Noe’s latest book, The Howling Storm, dealing with the effects of weather during the Civil War.