2,924Dec 4, 2012
Three Days at Gettysburg, Part 1
Historians Craig Symonds, James McPherson and Harold Holzer discuss the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The three-day battle fought in Pennsylvania from July 1 through July 3, 1863, ...
2,904Mar 5, 2011
President Lincoln's Inauguration Re-Enactment
A re-enactment was held to mark the 150th anniversary the previous day of Abraham Lincoln’s swearing-in as president of the United States on March 4, 1861. After the opening remarks, Lincoln ...
2,704Jun 25, 2012
Antietam National Battlefield Tour
Historians Brooks Simpson and Mark Grimsley lead a group on a day-long tour of Antietam National Battlefield, the 1862 engagement that is considered the bloodiest single day in American ...
2,226Mar 21, 2012
Shiloh Battlefield Tour
The Civil War Battle of Shiloh took place April 6 and 7, 1862, in Hardin County, Tennessee, and resulted in a Union victory over Confederate forces attempting to defend two major western railroads ...
2,002Jan 7, 2011
Civil War Political Cartoons
Historians discussed insights into what Americans thought about the Civil War and how they participated in the politics of the day that are revealed by magazine and newspaper cartoons. Examples ...
1,796Nov 20, 2010
The Home Front of the Civil War
Professor Gary Gallagher moderated a roundtable discussion on how the Civil War impacted everyday life of American families and households, as well as America’s industry and ...
1,769Nov 18, 2010
Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?
One hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War, a panel of historians debated whether or not the war could have been avoided. They also responded to questions from members of ...
1,731Nov 18, 2011
Conduct of the Civil War in 1861
Lincoln and Civil War scholars debated why the Civil War didn’t end in 1861, the year that it began. They discussed why the numerous advantages of the Union did not bring the war to a ...
1,656Jul 11, 2012
The Civil War Seven Days' Battles
University of Virginia history professor Gary Gallagher talks about the Seven Days' Battles, a series of conflicts fought during the last week of June 1862. In those battles, Confederate forces ...
1,578Mar 21, 2012
African-American Women and the Civil War
Hari Jones, curator and assistant director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C., talked about the contributions of African-American women during the Civil War.
1,568May 31, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders-in-Chief
This week on The Civil War, a discussion about Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as opposing commanders-in-chief. Historians Harold Holzer, James McPherson, and William Davis talk about how ...
1,540Apr 5, 2012
Civil War Battle of Shiloh
Historians and authors discuss the Battle of Shiloh, which was fought 150 years ago in Hardin County, Tennessee on April 6-7, 1862. The battle resulted in a Union victory over Confederate forces ...
1,523Jun 22, 2013
Civil War historians talked about Confederate commander Robert E. Lee’s decision to order an assault on the Union center, often referred to as Pickett’s Charge, that took place on July ...
1,500Jun 28, 2011
Book Discussion on Fighting for the Confederacy
Panelists discussed Confederate officer Edward Porter Alexander’s memoir, Fighting for the Confederacy, which he wrote in the 1890s about his experiences and observations during the ...
1,464Jun 23, 2012
Images of the Dead at Antietam
Harvard history professor and author Megan Kate Nelson talked about the battlefield photography and illustrations made in the wake of the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. Many of the images ...
1,464Jun 23, 2012
Emancipation and the Civil War
President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago on September 22nd, 1862. It ordered the emancipation of all slaves in any Confederate state that did not ...
1,439Sep 24, 2010
Race, Slavery and the Civil War
Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included illustrations, the panelists responded to questions submitted ...
1,426Mar 22, 2012
General Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac
Two historians discussed the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant. They focus on Grant’s efforts in leading the Union Army of the Potomac against Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of ...
1,417Mar 22, 2012
Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia
This week on The Civil War, two historians discuss Robert E. Lee’s leadership during the Civil War. They consider Lee’s education, his work as a general, and his ability to maintain ...
1,370Jun 23, 2012
1862 Western Theater River Operations
U.S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds spoke about military operations in the West during the U.S. Civil War. He focused on significant naval battles along Western rivers, the use ...
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