Category Books

Author Discussion on the Civil War and the South

This is a pretty good discussion from the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival with four authors discussing their books. The authors are Dr. Jacquelyn Hall of UNC-Chapel Hill, on three sisters born in the 1880s and 1890s in Georgia who came to grips with the legacies of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, […]

The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant

This is an older book by the British military historian J. F. C. Fuller. You can download it for free here. He starts by telling us, “The greatest event in European history was the discovery of the New World : to-day [sic] it could only be rivalled [sic] by landing on a habitable planet. The […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three of the best five days a Civil War student has each year was Sunday, June 16, 2019. We began with Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving a wonderful presentation on the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. You can watch it here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?461565-7/gettysburg-national-military-park Next, Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean talked about “Violence […]

Alexander Hamilton

This book by Ron Chernow is the basis for the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton. So now you’re thinking, “Hey, isn’t this supposed to be about the Civil War?” Sure, and there’s a connection. In one of the few times he was right on the Ken Burns series, the novelist Shelby Foote said the Civil War […]

Reconstruction and the Struggle for Racial Equality

Here’s an interview conducted by the North Carolina Museum of History with Dr. Brooks D. Simpson of Arizona State University. This is an excellent discussion of Dr. Simpson’s book, Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality. You can access the discussion here.

Spying on the South

In one of his last interviews before his untimely passing, Tony Horwitz discusses Frederick Law Olmstead and his travels through the South before the Civil War. This is based on his book, Spying on the South. The video’s description reads, “Tony Horwitz recounted the travels of Frederick Law Olmstead during the lead-up to the Civil War. Olmstead, prior […]

Darkness at Chancellorsville

Here’s novelist Ralph Peters talking about his novel and the battle of Chancellorsville. I can’t say I agree with all his interpretations. I don’t think he has the national feeling quite right. The video’s description reads, “Retired Army officer and historical novelist Ralph Peters talked about his book, Darkness at Chancellorsville: A Novel of Stonewall Jackson’s Triumph and […]