Category Videos

2017 Bottimore Lecture: How do we know what we know about the Civil War

Here is Dr. Yael Sternhell of Tel Aviv University giving a presentation at the American Civil War Museum on the compilation and publishing of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Yael Sternhell explores the unexpectedly fascinating backstory of the wartime documents that became the Official Records. You’ll never […]

Civil War Turning Points Overview

Here’s Ranger Bert Dunkerly of the Richmond National Battlefield Park discussing his list of the top ten major turning points of the Civil War. It’s a pretty good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Historian and National Park Service ranger Robert Dunkerly listed his top 10 turning points of the Civil War. This talk was part of a symposium on hosted […]

Civil War Turning Points Panel

This panel discussion comes to us from the Emerging Civil War blog’s 2018 symposium. It’s a decent discussion, though I think they should have defined what a turning point is a lot earlier in the discussion. The video’s description reads, “A panel of historians explored the people and battles considered pivotal to the outcome of […]

Battle of Antietam, Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s former Supervisory Ranger D. Scott Hartwig giving his usual outstanding performance in a presentation to the Emerging Civil War blog’s 2018 symposium. This is truly excellent and well worth watching. The video’s description reads, “Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, talked about the lead up to the September 1862 Battle […]

Gettysburg and Vicksburg as Turning Points

Here’s Ranger Matt Atkinson giving a very entertaining presentation on Vicksburg and Gettysburg as turning points in the Civil War. More accurately, he’s considering which had a greater impact on the war. The video’s description reads, “Matt Atkinson has worked as a ranger at both the Gettysburg and Vicksburg national military parks. He compared those two […]

President Grant’s World Tour

Here’s a discussion with historian Ryan Semmes on Ulysses S. Grant’s world tour following his presidency. This is a pretty good discussion. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. After serving two terms, he took a world tour with his family.American History TV spoke with Ryan Semmes of Mississippi State University about the former […]

Pre-Civil War Anti-Slavery Movement

Here’s Professor Matt Harris of Colorado State University-Pueblo lecturing on the antislavery movement before the Civil War as part of his “U.S. History to 1877” class. It’s a pretty good lecture. The video’s description reads, “Colorado State University-Pueblo professor Matt Harris taught a class about the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. He described some of the leaders […]