Category Lectures

A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series giving an outstanding presentation on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. The video’s description reads, “The Emancipation Proclamation remains one of the most misunderstood and controversial events of the American Civil War. Many today still debate its legality and what it accomplished. […]

Varina Davis, Southern Women and Civil War

Here’s Professor Joan Cashin discussing Varina Howell Davis, the second wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. This is really an excellent presentation with a lot of good information. The video’s description reads, “In celebration of Women’s History Month and in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the Arkansas Women’s History Institute […]

Abraham Lincoln and Immigration

Here’s Harold Holzer speaking to the 2016 Lincoln Forum Symposium on Abraham Lincoln’s views and actions toward immigration and immigrants. The video’s description reads, “Harold Holzer talked about Abraham Lincoln’s views on immigration policy and immigrant groups in America. He described Lincoln’s efforts to court the German-American vote early in his career and the importance […]

Grant’s Terms of Surrender at Appomattox

Here’s Professor Joan Waugh of UCLA speaking at the 2016 Lincoln Forum on Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. The video’s description reads, “Joan Waugh talked about how Union General Ulysses S. Grant conducted the surrender at Appomattox and sought to foster an atmosphere of reconciliation with the defeated Confederates. She argued that Grant, […]

Longstreet’s Counter-march

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving his normal outstanding performance talking about James Longstreet’s countermarch on July 2, 1863. The video’s description reads, “In one of the more controversial moments of the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General James Longstreet’s men did not attack until mid-afternoon on July 2. This delay possibly cost victory for the Confederacy. Join […]

Joshua Chamberlain at Petersburg

Here’s Dennis Rasbach at the 2016 Pamplin Park Civil War Symposium on his view of where Joshua Chamberlain was when he was wounded at Petersburg. This has become quite the controversy, involving the location of a historical marker. The video’s description reads, “Dennis Rasbach talks about Union officer Joshua Chamberlain, who was wounded on June […]

Harriet Tubman’s Life and Legacy

Here’s Professor Catherine Clinton delivering a lecture at the University of Mary Washington about Harriet Tubman, based on her biography of Tubman. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “Catherine Clinton talked about her book, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. She spoke about Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery, her role as a conductor […]