Category Generals

Andrew A. Humphreys’ Division – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Karlton Smith

Here’s Ranger Karlton Smith giving us a great deal of information on Major General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys and his division during the Battle of Gettysburg, especially on July 2, 1863 and the fight in the Peach Orchard. Advertisements

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

This is another book of essays by Professor Gary Gallagher. He writes about Lee, about his principal subordinates, and how they’ve been remembered. “All of the essays in this book explore in some fashion the effect of Lost Cause arguments on popular perceptions of Lee and several of his most famous lieutenants.” [p. xi] Eleven […]

Corps Commanders in Blue

This excellent book, edited by historian Ethan Rafuse, is a compilation of eight essays by top historians discussing Union major generals who functioned in corps command during the war. In the introduction, he tells us, “When the Civil War began in 1861, the U.S. Army consisted on paper of a  mere 1,105 officers and 15,259 […]

Panel Discussion on Controversial Generals of the Civil War

This is the culminating panel discussion at the 2017 Pamplin Park Symposium on “Generals We Love to Hate.” It’s a pretty good discussion. The video’s description reads, “Historians answered audience questions about Civil War generals, including which ones have been the most loved and hated through history. They also talked about which generals had the best and […]

Union General Benjamin Butler

Here’s Brian Matthew Jordan of Sam Houston State University giving a presentation on Benjamin F. Butler as part of Pamplin Park’s 2017 Symposium, “Generals We Love to Hate.” The video’s description reads, “Professor Brian Matthew Jordan talked about Union General Benjamin Butler, who became known in the South as the ‘Beast’ for his stern actions as military […]

Union General Ambrose Burnside

Here’s A. Wilson Greene giving a presentation on Major General Ambrose E. Burnside at the 2017 Pamplin Park Symposium on “Generals We Love to Hate.” As always, this is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “Historian Wilson Greene described Union General Ambrose Burnside’s life and career and argued that his unfavorable reputation is largely undeserved. He […]

Union General George McClellan

Here’s Professor George Rable, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alabama, discussing George B. McClellan. It’s a fairly sympathetic presentation, which is okay with me, and it’s also a really good one. This was part of the 2017 Pamplin Park Symposium on “Generals We Love to Hate.” The video’s description reads, “Professor George […]