Category Generals

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 […]

General John Bell Hood Lecture at the Historic Granbury Opera House in Hood County

Here’s Professor Steven Woodworth of Texas Christian University giving a very good presentation on the life of John Bell Hood. Unfortunately, we can’t hear the questions at the end, though we do hear Professor Woodworth’s answers with no problems. The video’s description reads, “Dr Steven Woodworth, Author and Professor of History at TCU was invited […]

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.

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 […]