Category Generals

A Critical Look at Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Military Career

According to Dr. Christopher M. Rein, a military historian with the Combat Studies Institute, Army University, Fort Leavenworth, KS and author of this article, “Despite whatever untutored tactical genius and magnetic personal attraction Forrest may have possessed, he undoubtedly failed at the operational and strategic levels of war, and his brutal treatment of his captured […]

Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration- General Grant National Memorial, New York City

You can view the commemoration of Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday, featuring a keynote address by Professor Brooks D. Simpson. The video’s description reads, “Full video of the President Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration at General Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb), New York City… interview with Ulysses Grant Dietz at the end of the […]

My Ulysses S. Grant Book Recommendations

As today, April 27, 2022, was Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday, several people have posted their top five Grant books at various forums. I decided to make my own list. Coming in at Number 5: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. There are several versions around. Two I’ve seen recommended but I haven’t read […]

Pat Cleburne Irish Confederate & ”Black Confederates” – Civil War Reconstruction

Theis is the kickoff episode of a new podcast, “Civil War Reconstruction,” hosted by my friend and blogging colleague, Patrick Young. This is an excellent discussion of Patrick Cleburne and his proposal for confederates to arm African Americans. Along the way he makes some very cogent observations about the black confederate lie. The only thing […]

A Piece of My Mind: Hallowed ground?

This article crossed my feed. “A millennial friend of mine, touring the Gettysburg battlefield with me, asked, ‘Why are there all these memorials glorifying people who fought for such a terrible cause?’ It was a question I had never considered despite many visits to the battlefield.” Why, indeed? Not only did they fight for a […]

Union General Meade at Gettysburg

Here’s author Kent Masterson Brown giving a pretty good presentation on George Meade at the Battle of Gettysburg. He gave this presentation during the 2021 anniversary of the battle. The video’s description reads, “Kent Masterson Brown talked about his book, Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command, which examines the leadership of Union General George G. Meade […]

Winter Lecture 2022 – “If Practicable” at Gettysburg

Here’s Ranger Troy Harman giving a presentation in which he attempts to parse the words, “If practicable” as they applied to messages at Gettysburg. To be honest, the message I got from all this is that commanders at Gettysburg spoke English. The video’s description reads, “The order ‘if practicable’ was given by both General Meade […]

Custer: The Making of a Young General

This book by Edward G. Longacre traces the life of George Armstrong Custer up through 1863. His objective is to trace Custer’s rise to brigadier general. He writes, “Although Custer’s fame may have antedated his exploits as an Indian fighter, published works that concentrate on his Civil War service are few, ad even fewer capture […]

GNMP Winter Lecture 2022 – Myths and Misconceptions from the Aftermath of Battle

Here’s Barbara Sanders giving a good lecture on the myths and misconceptions that grew up after the battle of Gettysburg. She also gets into some advice on evaluating sources and the historical method. The video’s description reads, “Were Civil War doctors operating as in the Dark Ages? Were the 2,400 Gettysburg civilians left alone to […]

GNMP Winter Lecture 2022 – Robert E. Lee and Me: A Conversation with Ty Seidule

This is an outstanding conversation between Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn and Brigadier General [Ret.] Ty Seidule over BG Seidule’s book, Robert E. Lee and Me. The video’s description reads, “Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the […]