Category Videos

Civil War Petersburg

Here’s Will Greene at the 2021 Pamplin Park symposium giving a great talk on the First Offensive at Petersburg. Unfortunately, his microphone cut out a few times early in the talk. The technical folks were able to fix it, though. The video’s description reads, “Former Pamplin Historical Park Executive Director Wilson Green talked about Civil […]

George Henry Thomas

Here’s Professor Brian Steel Wills discussing the “Rock of Chickamauga,” aka “Old Slow Trot.” The video’s description reads, “Historian Brian Steel Wills talked about Union General George Henry Thomas. Nicknamed ‘The Rock of Chickamauga,’ General Thomas was a Virginian who sided with the Union and commanded several battles in the Western Theater of the Civil War. […]

Petersburg & the 1864 Hicksford Raid

Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael giving an excellent presentation at the 2021 fall Pamplin Park symposium on the 1864 Hicksford Raid. The video’s description reads, “Gettysburg College Civil War Institute director Peter Carmichael talked about the Petersburg Campaign and the 1864 Hicksford Raid which took place on December 7, 1864, when Union Major General Govereur Warren tried to […]

Mississippi Homefront

Here’s Professor Susannah Ural presenting on the Mississippi home front in the Civil War. This was part of the Pamplin Park fall, 2021 symposium. The video’s description reads, “University of Southern Mississippi professor Susannah Ural talked about the Mississippi homefront during the Civil War. This program was part of the annual Pamplin Historical Park Civil War Symposium”


We recently looked at Professor Gary Gallagher’s consideration of whether or not the Ken Burns series still stands up. Here is a view from last year by graduate student Ella Starkman-Hynes in the Journal of the Civil War Era. She writes, ” When it was first broadcast on PBS, thirty years ago this September, The Civil War was […]

Socialite, Secessionist, Spy

Here’s Kelly Hancock of the American Civil War Museum giving a pretty good presentation on Rose O’Neal Greenhow. The video’s description reads, “Kelly Hancock talked about Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow. According to the author, before the Battle of Manassas, Ms. Greenhow used her connections to gain and pass on information about […]

Robert E. Lee – A Life

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo discussing his book, Robert E. Lee: A Life. He’s way too easy on Lee when it comes to slavery, but I like what he says about Lee’s generalship. The video’s description reads, “Allen Guelzo talked about Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s life from boyhood through the Civil War. The Atlanta History Center […]

Caroline Janney on Ends of War

Here’s Professor Caroline Janney with an excellent discussion of her latest book, Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox with Bjorn Skaptason of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. The video’s description reads, “On September 30, 2021 Professor Caroline E. Janney joined Bjorn Skaptason to discuss her new book about the demobilization […]

Author Discussion on the Judicial System and Race

Here is Professor Joshua Rothman discussing his book, The Ledger and the Chain: How the Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, and Professor Orville Vernon Burton and attorney Armand Derfner discussing their book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court. The video’s description reads, “Author Joshua Rothman looked at the slave trade in America, and authors Joshua Rothman, Orville Burton and Armand […]

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston

Doug Crenshaw and Bert Dunkerly here give a nice presentation to the Emerging Civil War 2021 Fallen Leaders symposium on Joseph E. Johnston. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historians Doug Crenshaw and Robert Dunkerly talked about Confederate General Joseph Johnston. He served with honors in the United States military during the Mexican-American War, but when Virginia seceded from the Union, he […]