Category Videos

Defining the American West

Here’s a panel discussion at the Western History Association’s meeting in October, 2019. The panel includes Dr. Edward Ayers discussing slavery. The video’s description reads, “The Western History Association hosted this panel on defining the American West geographically, culturally and politically. The five scholars also investigated the role of regions in understanding the past and […]

1864 Battle of Fort Stevens

Here’s Ranger Steve Phan giving a great presentation on the Battle of Fort Stevens and the Civil War Defenses of Washington. This was at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium.

History Happy Hour- Virginia’s Secession Crisis

Here’s Mark Greenough, the Virginia State Capitol Historian, discussing Virginia during the Secession Crisis. His prepared presentation is fine, but he goes off the rails during the Q&A. Virginia did not reserve a right to secede, and New England did not attempt or even threaten to secede. The video’s description reads, “After Lincoln’s election, Virginians […]

Seminary Ridge on July 3 – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s the fantastic Ranger Matt Atkinson delivering a characteristically excellent battle walk on the confederate line on July 3, 1863.

1863 Battle of Mine Run

Here’s Chris Mackowski at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium giving a presentation on the [non-] “Battle” of Mine Run. The video’s description reads, “Chris Mackowski discussed the Battle of Mine Run, a small engagement in December 1863 between Union forces against better positioned Confederates near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mr. Mackowski is a co-founder of the Emerging […]

Gordon Rhea on A House Divided. S. 2 ep. 17

Here’s Gordon Rhea appearing on the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop’s “Author’s Voice” talking about his book, On to Petersburg, which ends his series on the Overland Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Here is part of the interview with Gordon Rhea by Bjorn Skaptason, originally live streamed on November 1, 2017. Unfortunately, the first half of the […]

The Second Founding

Here’s Professor Eric Foner discussing the Reconstruction Amendments. As always, he’s excellent. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner talked about his book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, in which he looked at the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments added to the Constitution during the Reconstruction Era.”