Category Generals

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “God knows my conscious is clear” George Gordon Meade’s Legacy

Here’s Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving an excellent presentation on Major General George G. Meade as part of the 2018 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “The leadership of Gen. George Gordon Meade, from the Battle of Gettysburg, through the conclusion of the Civil War, and beyond […]

The War Within the Union High Command

This book by Thomas J. Goss, Ph.D., is a comparison and contrasting of regular army generals and so-called “political” generals in the Union armies during the Civil War. I found it very useful. He tells us, “By the surrender at Appomattox the president had appointed 583 general officers. Since the regular army officer corps in […]

2018 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Three

This was Sunday, June 24, 2018. We started off the day with concurrent sessions. Dr. Jonathan Lande of Weber State University gave a lecture on the US Colored Troops and Desertion. Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington gave a presentation on the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and Susan Ashman of […]

2018 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Two

This was June 23, 2018 and the first full day of programs at the Civil War Institute. It was another terrific day. We started the day with Concurrent Sessions. Ranger Beth Parnicza of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park held a session on Stonewall Jackson’s Maps at Chancellorsville. Dr. Diedre Cooper Owens of Queens […]

James Longstreet and Reconstruction

Here’s UVa Professor of History Elizabeth Varon at the 2018 Nau Center Symposium speaking on James Longstreet and Reconstruction. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “University of Virginia professor Elizabeth Varon talked about former Confederate General James Longstreet and his reputation after the Civil War. She described how Longstreet joined the Republican Party during Reconstruction and often […]

Talk on Rebel Yell

Here’s S. C. Gwynne,, author of Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, discussing Jackson’s life. This is another decent presentation, though I’m prejudiced in favor of Professor Robertson speaking on Jackson. The video’s description reads, “S.C. Gwynne talked about his book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, in which […]

Return to Bull Run

This excellent book from John Hennessy is the best book on the Second Bull Run [Manassas] campaign in August of 1862. It’s deeply researched, well sourced, and engagingly written. It’s filled with terrific information, not just about the battle but about the participants as well. For example, we learn this about Union Major General John […]