Category Books

Lee’s Search for the Battle of Annihilation

This is an essay by Peter Carmichael in the book he edited, Audacity Personified: The Generalship of Robert E. Lee. In the essay, Pete assesses Lee’s generalship throughout the war, providing both positives and negatives in Lee’s performance. For example, he tells us, “Unlike many Union officers, such as Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Maj. Gen. […]

Be Free or Die Discussion

This is a discussion of the book, Be Free or Die, the story of Robert Smalls, with author Cate Lineberry and Smalls’ great-great grandson, Michael Boulware Moore. The video’s description reads, “Cate Lineberry talked about her book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in which she recalls the life […]

Researching and Writing Civil War Books Panel

Here’s a panel discussion of authors of recent books from Savas-Beattie publishers. The discussion is a bit uneven at times, but since I’ve seen one book for sure I don’t want to buy it at least is saving money. 😉 The video’s description reads, “Civil War authors talked about how they started writing about their topics, […]

Union Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs

Here’s author Robert O’Harrow speaking about Major General Montgomery Meigs, the Union’s Quartermaster General. The video’s description reads, “Robert O’Harrow talked about his book on Montgomery Meigs, Union quartermaster general during the Civil War. Meigs was responsible for supplying Union armies in the field but also developed Washington, D.C.’s infrastructure and built or expanded several national buildings […]

CWTR: The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare

In this episode of Civil War Talk Radio, host Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Steven E. Sodergren about his book, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare. This is a pretty good conversation.

Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson

This is an interview on Civil War Talk Radio between host Professor Gerry Prokopowicz and author Timothy B. Smith. It’s a pretty good interview and discussion on the early Henry/Donelson campaign.

Episode 142: Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition

Here’s Manisha Sinha appearing on Liz Covart’s podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World” discussing her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. This is an excellent discussion. Things we learn in this podcast include: The history of American abolitionism Exploring abolitionism as a social movement The origins of abolitionism Early African abolitionists Circulation of early anti-slavery tracts […]