Category Fort Sumter

Why the Civil War Came

This excellent book edited by Professor Gabor Boritt is a collection of essays by historians who participated in the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College while Professor Boritt was director. In the introductory essay, titled ” ‘And the War Came?’ Abraham Lincoln and the Question of Individual Responsibility,” Professor Boritt tells us, “Lincoln’s role in […]

Bill Freehling-Did Lincoln’s Late Mistakes Make Civil War Unavoidable?

Here’s Professor William Freehling giving a nice lecture on the mistakes Abraham Lincoln made during the secession crisis leading up to the confederacy starting the war by firing on Fort Sumter and then the Upper South states deciding protection of slavery meant they had to enter the war on the side of the slaveholding states. […]

Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis

Here’s one of my favorite historians, Prof. Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, on Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis. Craig is a Navy guy, but we forgive him for that. 😉 He’s an outstanding lecturer. The video’s description reads, “When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted […]

The Genesis of the Civil War

If you want to understand what happened at Fort Sumter to start the Civil War, this book is indispensable.  Samuel Wylie Crawford was the surgeon for the Fort Sumter garrison.  Afterward, he became an infantry officer and a major general in the war. Not only was he present for the events he details, but he […]

Destiny at Fort Sumter

Here’s another episode of Civil War Journal.

Lincoln and the First Shot

This is, in my opinion, an essential book to read on the Fort Sumter crisis. Hat tip to Andy Hall. Book available to be read online: https://archive.org/stream/lincolnfirstshot00curr#page/n0/mode/2up

The Diary of a Public Man and Abraham Lincoln

This is a lecture given by historian Daniel Crofts on March 3, 2011 at the Virginia Historical Society.  In it, he recounts the “Diary of a Public Man,” published in four installments by the North American Review in 1879.  He places the diary in its historical context and identifies the author as journalist Stephen Hurlbut […]