Category Lectures

Historical Portrayals of Nat Turner

Here’s Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg of Suffolk University giving a fine presentation on how Nat Turner has been portrayed in historical works. The video’s description reads, “Kenneth S. Greenberg talked about historical portrayals of Nat Turner, the African American leader of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. He spoke about the competing accounts of Turner’s rebellion, […]

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton

Here’s William Marvel snearing his way through a presentation on Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton. His contempt for Stanton is palpable. The video’s description reads, “William Marvel talked about Edwin Stanton, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War during most of the Civil War. Mr. Marvel argued that Stanton’s loyalties to people lasted only […]

Chandra Manning on Troubled Refuge

Here’s Professor Chandra Manning giving a talk based on her book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, which discusses Union refugee camps and the struggles refugees faced. The video’s description reads, ” Chandra Manning talked about her book Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, in which she recalls the Union […]

Civil War Infantry Tactics and Weapons Lecture

Here’s historian Earl Hess speaking on infantry weapons and tactics in the Civil War at the 2016 Pamplin Park Symposium. Dr. Hess is an outstanding historian and this is an excellent and informative lecture. The video’s description reads, “Earl Hess talked about the different infantry formations and maneuvers used during the Civil War and when […]

Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment

Here’s Professor William Blair of Penn State University speaking at Pamplin Park’s 2016 Symposium. His topic is “Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment,” telling us how part of the 14th Amendment was intended as a punishment for secession and treason in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “William Blair talked about how the […]

2017 Gettysburg Winter Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park kicked off their 2017 winter programs this weekend. As usual, the programs were terrific. We started with the first discussion of the book, The Killer Angels. Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn led the discussion this week. We focused on the first part of the book, the part dealing with June 29 and June […]

Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg

Here’s Licensed Battlefield Guide John Archer talking about the action on Culp’s Hill during the Battle of Gettysburg. The information is accurate, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of his presentation style. The video’s description reads, “John Archer used quotes from soldiers’ accounts to describe the battles at Culp’s Hill on July 2 […]