Category Internet

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 […]

Check Your Sources

A certain meme purported to be from the Fox News Facebook page is making its way around the internet. The vast majority of people seeing this believe it’s true. It’s not. Folks, if the serious study of history teaches us anything, it teaches us to check our sources. First, let’s take a look at that […]

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Christian McWhirter

Historian Christian McWhirter just started a new blog for you to check out. Civil War Pop is a blog about Civil War popular culture, “Exploring Music, Film, Games, and Literature From and About the Civil War.” It promises to be a lot of fun.

Did Lee Really Say This One?

Over at The Gift That Keeps On Giving, the group owner posted this regarding the allegation that Lee, during Reconstruction, said, “Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results […]

The Burning

“The Burning” is the name used for Philip H. Sheridan’s destructive operations in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864.  Tired of the confederates using the Valley as an invasion highway, Ulysses S. Grant consolidated the Union commands in the area and placed Phil Sheridan in charge, giving him the Army of the Shenandoah consisting of the […]