Category Lectures

U.S. Colored Troops as Prisoner Guards

Here’s Professor Kelly Mezurek of Walsh University giving a presentation on the Union decision to use USCT troops to guard confederate prisoners. This was part of the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Kelly Mezurek talked about the Union’s decision to assign U.S. Colored Troops to guard Confederate prisoners. She described the […]

The 57th Massachusetts from The Wilderness to Ft. Stedman

Here’s Michael J. Thomas of the American Civil War Museum giving a nice talk on the 57th Massachusetts, a veteran volunteer regiment in 1864 and 1865. The video’s description reads, “The 57th Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers, one of four so-called ‘Veteran’ regiments was brand new to the front lines in May of 1864 when they marched […]

Civil War Defenses

Here’s Kristopher White at the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium speaking on the general topic of Civil War defenses. The video’s description reads, “Kristopher White talked about the views of early American military theorists on battle defense and how it was applied during the Civil War. He also spoke about how generals defended their actions during and […]

September 28, 2017: Smith Lecture in Civil War History – Joan Waugh

Here’s Professor Joan Waugh of UCLA giving the 2017 Richard Smith Lecture in Civil War History at Ohio Wesleyan University. She discusses the legacy of Ulysses S. Grant. This is a very good lecture.

Ty Seidule, “Robert E. Lee & Me: Reflections on Confederate Memory by a W&L Grad, Soldier & Scholar”

Here’s Colonel Ty Seidule of the West Point Department of History speaking at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, about Robert E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “Constitution Day Speaker, Colonel Ty Seidule ’84 gives a public lecture ‘Robert E. Lee and Me: Reflections on Confederate Memory by a W&L Graduate, Soldier and Scholar.’ […]

Be Free or Die Discussion

This is a discussion of the book, Be Free or Die, the story of Robert Smalls, with author Cate Lineberry and Smalls’ great-great grandson, Michael Boulware Moore. The video’s description reads, “Cate Lineberry talked about her book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in which she recalls the life […]

African American Life in Philadelphia

Here’s Professor Judy Giesberg of Villanova University again speaking about African-Americans in Philadelphia in the Civil War Era and in Reconstruction. This is a good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Judith Giesberg talked about what life was like for African Americans in Philadelphia during and after the Civil War. She described how many former slaves took out […]