Category Lectures

Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

In this video, Andrew Diemer discusses the life of William Still, based on his biography of Still. The video’s description reads, “Author Andrew Diemer discussed William Still, who dedicated his life to managing a critical section of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. This event was co-hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, […]

1862 Virginia Peninsula Campaign

Here’s Professor Paul Quigley of Virginia Tech giving an excellent talk on the soldier experience of the Peninsula Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Virginia Center for Civil War Studies director Paul Quigley talked about the soldier experience during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, a Union attempt to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond. The Virginia Center for Civil […]

I Saw Death Coming

Here’s Professor Kidada Williams discussing her work on white supremacist terrorism during Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Wayne State University professor Kidada Williams talked about the daily existence of formerly enslaved people during Reconstruction. This program was hosted by the Ann Arbor Public Library in Michigan.”

2023 Fortenbaugh Lecture

The Robert Fortenbaugh Lecture is held each year on November 19 and sponsored by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. The CWI has announced the details for this year’s lecture. “The 2023 Fortenbaugh Lecture, The State of Civil War Military History, will be a roundtable discussion featuring Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia); Lorien Foote (Texas A&M University); […]

Civil War Journeys, Geography, and Photography

Here’s Garry Adelman giving a great presentation at Virginia Tech’s Civil War Weekend. The video’s description reads, “Historian Garry Adelman used stories and Civil War photography to talk about the ways people experienced the war depending on where they were and how they traveled. The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech University […]

Southern Unionism During the Civil War

Dr. Clayton Butler and Dr. Brian Neumann discussed southern unionists during the Civil War era in this panel discussion at the University of Virginia, with Professor Elizabeth Varon moderating. This is a really good discussion. The video’s description reads, “In the 1860s, not everyone in the South supported the Confederacy. Authors Brian Neumann and Clayton […]

Civil War by Other Means

This is a pretty good presentation on white supremacist violence after the Civil War presented by Professor Jeremi Suri. The video’s description reads, “University of Texas at Austin professor Jeremi Suri examined the white supremacist resistance in the years after the Civil War. This event was part of the annual Wisconsin Book Festival held in […]

At War with King Alcohol

Missouri Southern State University Professor Megan Bever discussed her research regarding Civil War soldiers and alcohol. The video’s description reads, “Missouri Southern State University professor Megan Bever talked about the temperance movement and alcohol use by soldiers during the Civil War. This virtual program was hosted by the Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia […]

General Ulysses Grant’s Leadership

Here’s Dr. Harry Laver giving a pretty good presentation on the rise of Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “Military historian Harry Laver explored Ulysses Grant’s early missteps and maturation as a commander in the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.”

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Wayne E. Motts

Here’s Wayne Motts giving an excellent presentation at the 2022 Sacred Trust lecture series at Gettysburg National Military Park. The video’s description reads, “Motts presents in public for the first-time the complete and true story of a Union soldier at Gettysburg who fought in the battle and later died as a passenger on the ill-fated […]