Category Generals

George Henry Thomas

Here’s Professor Brian Steel Wills discussing the “Rock of Chickamauga,” aka “Old Slow Trot.” The video’s description reads, “Historian Brian Steel Wills talked about Union General George Henry Thomas. Nicknamed ‘The Rock of Chickamauga,’ General Thomas was a Virginian who sided with the Union and commanded several battles in the Western Theater of the Civil War. […]

Myth: Grant Stopped the Prisoner Exchange

Here’s an article from the folks at the Andersonville Historical Site busting the neoconfederate lie that Grant was responsible for ending the prisoner exchange during the Civil War. It tells us, “The prison exchange system, codified on July 22, 1862 by the Dix Hill Cartel, called for equal exchanges of all soldiers captured, and these […]

Was James Longstreet the “Best Man” at Ulysses and Julia Grant’s Wedding?

Take a look at this article from Nick Sacco and the US Grant National Historic Site. It’s excellent. It tells us, “The first recorded claim of Longstreet as Grant’s best man dates back to a 1905 book entitled Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, written posthumously by Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, a Brigadier General who was […]

Robert E. Lee – A Life

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo discussing his book, Robert E. Lee: A Life. He’s way too easy on Lee when it comes to slavery, but I like what he says about Lee’s generalship. The video’s description reads, “Allen Guelzo talked about Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s life from boyhood through the Civil War. The Atlanta History Center […]

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston

Doug Crenshaw and Bert Dunkerly here give a nice presentation to the Emerging Civil War 2021 Fallen Leaders symposium on Joseph E. Johnston. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historians Doug Crenshaw and Robert Dunkerly talked about Confederate General Joseph Johnston. He served with honors in the United States military during the Mexican-American War, but when Virginia seceded from the Union, he […]

Union General John Pope

Here’s Dan Welch giving a really good presentation on John Pope for the 2021 Emerging Civil War symposium. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historian Dan Welch talked about Union General John Pope and his defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?513962-2/fallen-leaders-union-general-john-pope

Robert E. Lee: A Life

Out of all the books written to tell the life story of former US Army Colonel Robert E. Lee, few have actually been good. Among the best written are the hagiographic four volumes from Douglas Southall Freeman, the more balanced biography from Professor Emory Thomas, and the excellent view of Lee through his personal letters […]

Fallen Leaders – Union General Thomas Stevenson

In this presentation from the 2021 Emerging Civil War Fallen Leaders symposium, Dr. Chris Mackowski discusses Thomas G. Stevenson ,a United States general killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The video’s description reads, “Chris Mackowski, editor in chief of the ‘Emerging Civil War’ blog, talked about Union General Thomas Stevenson, who was was […]

Fallen Leaders: Confederate General Earl Van Dorn

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a typically excellent presentation on Earl Van Dorn. This was part of the Emerging Civil War 2021 “Fallen Leaders” symposium. The video’s description reads, “Gettysburg Park Ranger Matt Atkinson discussed Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s largely unsuccessful military career and his death. In May 1863, while at his Tennessee headquarters, he was […]

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard

This presentation on confederate Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard by Sean Chick is part of the Emerging Civil War Fallen Leaders symposium. The video’s description reads, “Civil War author Sean Chick talked about Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard at the annual ‘Emerging Civil War’ blog symposium. He described General Beauregard’s relationship with Confederate president Jefferson Davis and other Confederate generals, some of the […]