Category Generals

The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood

This excellent book is a companion to author Stephen M. Hood’s earlier book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. This provides the primary sources that led to the earlier book. It gives us transcriptions of most of the newly found Hood Papers so we can see those sources for ourselves. […]

Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs

This is a conversation between Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Craig Symonds regarding the new Annotated Edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs Dr. Marszalek edited. As always, it’s pretty good. They had this discussion in Gettysburg, PA as part of the 2018 Lincoln Forum Symposium. According to the video’s description, “John Marszalek, editor of an […]

Slave Payrolls

Part of the neoconfederate-driven “black confederate” myth is the claim the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest had black confederate soldiers. The claim is often made he had black bodyguards and had black soldiers among his men. As with almost everything a confederate heritage supporter tries to claim, it’s a lie. He took 47 of his slaves […]

Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives

This is author Candice Shy Hooper discussing her book about the wives of four Union generals during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Candice Hooper talked about her book Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse, in which she profiles the wives of Lincoln’s generals, Ellen Sherman, Julia […]

General George Pickett

Here’s Professor Lesley J. Gordon of the University of Akron giving an excellent presentation on the confederate general George Pickett. This was given at this past summer’s symposium at Pamplin Park which featured a slate of all women historians. The video’s description reads, “Author Lesley Gordon talks about her book, General George E. Pickett in Life and […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “God knows my conscious is clear” George Gordon Meade’s Legacy

Here’s Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving an excellent presentation on Major General George G. Meade as part of the 2018 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “The leadership of Gen. George Gordon Meade, from the Battle of Gettysburg, through the conclusion of the Civil War, and beyond […]

The War Within the Union High Command

This book by Thomas J. Goss, Ph.D., is a comparison and contrasting of regular army generals and so-called “political” generals in the Union armies during the Civil War. I found it very useful. He tells us, “By the surrender at Appomattox the president had appointed 583 general officers. Since the regular army officer corps in […]