Category Generals

Union General Winfield Hancock at Gettysburg

Mr. Paul Bretzger talks about his book on Hancock at Gettysburg. Mr. Bretzger is very obviously a devoted admirer of Hancock’s. To Mr. Bretzger his hero can do no wrong. I frankly find presentations like this annoying in the extreme, and this is a prime example. The presentation is devoid of any semblance of objective […]

Union Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs

Here’s author Robert O’Harrow speaking about Major General Montgomery Meigs, the Union’s Quartermaster General. The video’s description reads, “Robert O’Harrow talked about his book on Montgomery Meigs, Union quartermaster general during the Civil War. Meigs was responsible for supplying Union armies in the field but also developed Washington, D.C.’s infrastructure and built or expanded several national buildings […]

Thomas Francis Meagher (Lecture)

Here’s Supervisory Ranger Angie Atkinson giving a lecture on the Irish Brigade’s Thomas Francis Meagher as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “From his exile to Van Diemen’s Land to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, Thomas Francis Meagher’s life was captivating and mystifying. Dedication to […]

On the McClellan Go Round- George McClellan and the Antietam Campaign (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya giving an excellent presentation during the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. This presentation discusses Major General George B. McClellan’s performance during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Dan really does a great job with this lecture. The video’s description reads, “George Brinton McClellan- one of the Civil War’s most […]

“A Simple Hop, Skip, and Jump?” Burnside and His Bridge at Antietam: A Reexamination (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving an outstanding lecture as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series. This lecture considers Major General Ambrose E. Burnside’s performance at the Battle of Antietam. The video’s description reads, “Major General Ambrose E. Burnside ranks among the most maligned generals of the American Civil War and […]

Longstreet & Huger: The Battle of Seven Pines (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger Karlton Smith giving a lecture on the Battle of Seven Pines and the conflict between Benjamin Huger and James Longstreet. This was part of the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “The battle of Seven Pines cannot be considered a Confederate success. Who was to blame? Was […]

Human Side of Civil War Leadership

Here’s the novelist Ralph Peters talking about some examples of leadership in the Civil War. It’s a pretty good presentation, and was part of the 2017 Symposium at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. The video’s description says, “Ralph Peters talked about the human side of several Civil War leaders, such as Confederate Generals Robert E. […]