Category Lectures

Depictions of Violence at Antietam

Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael of Gettysburg College speaking on how soldiers wrote about the violence at Antietam and how the press depicted it as part of the conference on “Remembering the Violence of Antietam” at Shepherd University. The video’s description reads, “Historian Peter Carmichael talked about the various ways violence at the 1862 Battle of Antietam […]

Clara Barton and the Battle of Antietam

Here’s Amelia Grabowski giving an excellent talk on Clara Barton and her actions at the Battle of Antietam. This was held at Shepherd University in West Virginia on September 8, 2018. I attended this conference, titled “Remembering the Violence of Antietam,” and had a wonderful time. The second half of the conference was on the […]

Female Civil War Soldiers

This is Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart discussing women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War as soldiers. The video’s description reads, “Public historians Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart explored the stories of women who defied cultural norms to fight in the Civil War. They also described women’s wartime work as nurses, cooks, and laundresses. The […]

Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham

Here’s author Janet Croon speaking about her book, The War Outside My Window, which is the diary of a teenager in Georgia, Leroy Wiley Gresham. The video’s description reads, “Janet Croon talked about the book The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham. Gresham was a 12-year-old boy from a wealthy slave-holding family in […]

Violence in Congress and the Civil War

Here’s Professor Joanne Freeman of Yale University giving a talk on violence in Congress in the run-up to the Civil War. this is a pretty good discussion. The video’s description reads, “Joanne Freeman talked about her book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. She described the process of researching the […]

On a Great Battlefield by Dr. Jennifer Murray

Here’s a presentation by Professor Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University on her first book and her Ph.D. dissertation, a history of the Gettysburg Battlefield. She’s joined by Ranger John Heiser, historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park, and Dr. Jared Peatman, a historian who wrote a book, based on his Ph.D. dissertation, about the […]

2018 Fortenbaugh Lecture

Dr. George C. Rable, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alabama, gave this year’s Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture in Gettysburg on November 19, 2018. His talk, titled “Fighting for Reunion:  Dilemmas of Hatred and Vengeance” examines hatred of the other side in the Civil War and calls for vengeance, and how that created […]