Category Generals

Sickles at Gettysburg

This book by Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler tells the story of Major General Daniel E. Sickles’ actions during the Gettysburg Campaign and afterward. Lawyer, politician, cad, liar, and probably embezzler. Daniel Edgar Sickles was infamous before the Civil War for murdering his wife’s lover, Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, in broad […]

Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

This outstanding book by Earl J. Hess is perhaps the first objective look at Braxton Bragg in the Civil War. The popular view of Bragg is that of a bumbler. In his memoirs, U.S. Grant passed on a story he had heard about Bragg before the war where Bragg was supposedly a quartermaster and the […]

Union General Gouverneur K. Warren

Here’s Robert Girardi giving a presentation on Gouverneur K. Warren based on the book he co-authored. Unfortunately, the video starts during the presentation, so we’ve missed a lot of information. Still, I was not impressed. He’s obviously done a lot of research, but his research was geared not to understand but to rehabilitate Warren. We see […]

Four Influential Civil War Military Wives

Here’s Candice Shy Hooper talking about her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. This is a pretty good discussion. Unfortunately, the interviewer botches several details. Hooper does correct a couple of them. Hooper does misunderstand the Frémont situation a bit, I think she misunderstands Mary Lincoln, […]

Stonewall Jackson at First Manassas

Here’s John Hennessy talking about Stonewall Jackson’s actions at the Battle of First Manassas, aka First Bull Run. He also discusses and lays to rest the controversy over how Jackson got his name and whether Gen. Bernard Bee was complimenting Jackson or complaining about him.

1864 Atlanta Campaign

Here’s historian Richard McMurry giving an excellent presentation on the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. I think he’s spot on with this presentation. The video’s description reads, “Richard McMurry talked about the Civil War battles around Atlanta in 1864 and compared the strategies of Confederate commanders Joseph E. Johnston and his successor John Bell Hood. Mr. McMurry argued […]

Sheridan the Inevitable

This is a book by Richard O’Connor originally published in 1953. It’s a good read, but much has been learned since the book was published. Still, it tells us a number of things. “Long after the war Sheridan told a boyhood friend how he felt about burning out the Shenandoah Valley: ‘I am sure there […]