2,696Jun 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 ...
1,498Jun 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 ...
1,487Jun 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 ...
1,460Jun 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 ...
1,458Jun 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 ...
1,369Jun 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 ...
1,177Apr 13, 2011
Prostitution and the Civil War
Professor Sharita Thompson of Gettysburg College is a historian of the black experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction. She teaches a course on sex and the Civil War, and in this class ...
1,123Jun 28, 2011
The Battle of Ball's Bluff
Historian Susannah Ural talked about the legacy of the Union’s loss at the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff near Leesburg, Virginia. Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, the only ...
1,036Jun 23, 2012
Military Executions in Stonewall Jackson's Command
Peter Carmichael looked at the military executions in General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s command. He talked about the different forms of punishment used under ...
989Jun 29, 2011
Manassas Battlefield Tour
National Park Service historian Ray Brown took a group from the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute conference on a day-long tour of Manassas National Battlefield Park. He gave participants ...
943Apr 7, 2011
The Confederate Soldier
Historian Peter Carmichael is the director of the Civil War Institute and teaches history at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. In this class, Professor Carmichael lectured on at the ...
925Jun 26, 2011
Overview of the Civil War in 1861
Peter Carmichael gave an overview of the Civil War in 1861. He touched on the social, political and military components that led to the start of the war. He encouraged scholars to help develop ...
925Jun 28, 2011
The Battle of Bull Run
Military historian Ethan Rafuse provided an overview of the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. He described military strategies employed by the North and South and examined how this battle changed the ...
788Jun 25, 2013
The Civil War in 1863
Panelists talked about the state of the Civil War in 1863. They spoke about the cultural, political, and military perspectives on the war, and compared aspects of the conflict with more recent ...
783Jun 28, 2011
The Confederate High Command After Manassas
Historian Joseph Glatthaar talked about how the July 21, 1861, battle at Manassas transformed the relationships between members of the high command of the Confederate army. He responded to ...
770Jun 27, 2011
Army Doctrine and Waging War in 1861
Professor Wayne Wei-Sian Hsieh talked about the army doctrine employed by top generals in the Union and Confederate armies, and the resulting course of the war.
“Old Army Doctrine ...
764Jun 23, 2012
Slavery, Emancipation and Reconciliation
Purdue University history professor Caroline Janney examined how slavery and emancipation played into the process of post-war reconciliation. She also discussed the experiences and memories of ...
692Jun 28, 2011
West Virginia Campaigns of 1861
A. Wilson Greene talked about the West Virginia campaigns in the summer and fall of 1861. He responded to questions from members of the audience.
“The West Virginia Campaigns of ...
686Jun 27, 2011
Northern Enlistment During the Civil War
Professor Tim Orr lectured on the enlistment practices of the Union forces, the lives of soldiers as they went off to battle, and the difficulties of communities in transitioning from peace to ...
666Jun 22, 2012
Images of Generals McClellan and Lee
Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation Chair Harold Holzer talks about the photographs, prints, and political cartoons featuring two of the war’s leading generals, George B. McClellan and Robert E. ...
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