Category Internet

Lives of Civil War African American Soldiers

In this video, Professor Elizabeth Varon and Dr. William Kurtz report on the latest digital history project from the University of Virginia, tracing the lives of African American Virginians who fought for the United States in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Elizabeth Varon and William Kurtz of the University of Virginia’s Nau Center for Civil War […]

3-D Virtual Tours of Gettysburg Buildings

Have you ever wanted to get inside the David Wills House where Lincoln stayed the night before he gave his Gettysburg Address but haven’t had the opportunity? How about the Lydia Leister House where Maj Gen George G. Meade had his headquarters and was the site of the famous July 2 Council of War? What […]

Civil War Defenses of Washington Fort Plans Now Available Online

As we see here, “Through a project with the Civil War Defenses of Washington Unit of the National Park Service, the Cartographic Branch has digitized over 700 architectural and engineering drawings for the forts making up the Defenses of Washington, DC, during the Civil War. These records are from RG 77, Fortification Map File, Drawer 169, Drawer 170, […]

CW Talk Radio Episode 1615: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

In this episode of Civil War Talk Radio, host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Kevin Levin on the black confederate myth. This is a terrific discussion. They discuss Professor Earl Hess’s controversial article from Civil War History in the first segment.

American Rambler Episode 148: Matt Hulbert

This is a terrific conversation between the host, Dr. Colin Woodward, and guest Dr. Matt Hulbert. It’s a great discussion regarding academic publishing, guerrilla warfare in the Civil War, and Dr. Earl Hess’s controversial article in Civil War History as well as who would you rather have dinner with, Robert E. Lee or Nathan Bedford Forrest. […]

The Rogue Historian Episode #70 Immigration, the Civil War, and Blogging Reconstruction

Here is an outstanding podcast discussion between host Dr. Keith Harris and Patrick Young, Esq., who writes The Reconstruction Era Blog. They get into blogging, Reconstruction, the recent Earl Hess article, and Ulysses S. Grant and his General Orders Number Eleven. Give it a listen. You can access the podcast here.

The Internet and Civil War Studies

Professor Earl Hess of Lincoln Memorial University, a prolific and award-winning historian, and an outstanding scholar of military history whom I highly respect, ignited a firestorm with the publication of his essay in the September, 2019 issue of the journal, Civil War History. Titled, “The Internet and Civil War History,” the essay provoked a mostly […]

Using Google Earth and Explain Everything to teach the Civil War

Here’s a tutorial for teachers, or for anyone who seeks to explain Civil War topics to others. It uses Google Earth and an application called Explain Everything to create presentations to help illustrate battles and troop movements. This is very useful. The video’s description reads, “A quick movie to show how you can use Google […]

Sharon Block, How to Research History Online

Here’s a good podcast from Ben Franklin’s World with host Liz Covart discussing researching history on the internet with Professor Sharon Block of the University of California-Irvine. There are some really good tips for all of us students to help us in our own research efforts. In addition to listing all the links mentioned in […]

Dickinson College Begins Free E-Book Series

The House Divided Project at Dickinson College is now putting together a series of free e-books covering biographies of little-known individuals from the Civil War era. Here’s Professor Matt Pinsker on that series and its first installment, a biography of Southern Abolitionist John A. J. Cresswell of Maryland. You can check out the website where […]