Battle of Trevilian Station
Eric Wittenberg talked about the Battle of Trevilian Station, which took place in Virginia on June 11 and 12, 1864. Wittenberg explained how Union General Ulyssess S. Grant decided to send cavalry commander Philip Sheridan on a raid to destroy major Confederate railroad junctions. He also described the decisions Sheridan and his Confederate counterpart Wade Hampton made and how those choices led to the decisive Confederate victory. This event was part of symposium hosted by the “Emerging Civil War” blog.529 views
Battle of Cold Harbor 150th Anniversary
Exactly 150 years after the Battle of Cold Harbor began, historian and author Gordon Rhea talked about its effect on the course of the Overland Campaign and the Civil War itself. Mr. Rhea is the author of Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1866. He spoke in the field behind the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center as part of several days of commemorative events.633 views
Overland Campaign 150th Anniversary
Historians and officials from the National Park Service commemorated the beginning of the Overland Campaign. The ceremony included keynote remarks by Civil War scholar James Robertson.The Overland Campaign was a series of battles between Union and Confederate forces that took place in May and June of 1864 in Virginia.836 views
Conclusion of the Overland Campaign
Historians and officials from the National Park Service commemorated the conclusion of the Overland Campaign, which took place in Virginia in May and June of 1864. In keynote remarks, Civil War scholar James Robertson described Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s crusade to “destroy the Southern Confederacy,” which culminated in the last major battle of the campaign at Cold Harbor. There, Robertson said, Confederate General Robert E. Lee earned his greatest victory of the war. But, he said it wasn’t enough to stop Grant from continuing his march and besieging Lee and his men at Petersburg.555 views
Battle of the Crater 150th Anniversary
Speakers at a National Park Service event at Petersburg National Battlefield commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater and honored the U.S. Colored Troops' role in the fighting. The Battle of the Crater took place on July 30, 1864, as part of the Siege of Petersburg. The ceremony included the unveiling of a stamp by the U.S. Postal Service and remarks by historian James Blankenship, who detailed the major events of the battle.432 views
Book Discussion on Desperate Engagement
Marc Leepson talked about his book Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History, published by Thomas Dunne Books. He was interviewed by the BookTV Bus crew in the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, Maryland.134 views
Desperate Engagement: Battlefield Tour
Marc Leepson talked about his book Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History, published by Thomas Dunne Books. Historian and journalist Marc Leepson took Book TV on a tour of several National Battlefield Park locations in Maryland and Washington, D.C. During the tour he told the story of the 1864 battle that could have led to the capture of the U.S. Capitol by a Confederate army led by General Jubal Early. On July 11 and 12, 1864, President Lincoln observed the battle and was nearly shot by a confederate sharpshooter.654 views
Marc Leepson is a journalist and author of eight books including Flag: An American Biography and What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life.... Mr. Leepson has also written for many magazines including Smithsonian, Vietnam and Military History.
Video clips from a Civil War parade at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, were inserted.
Book Discussion on Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
Former Secretary Webb talked about his book Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, published by Broadway. He traced the immigration of the Scots-Irish, an ethnic group defined from conflict from their earliest clans battling against England and their role in the settling of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland during the 1700's. During the 18th century between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish traveled to America. Descendents of the rugged cultural group became famous American explorers and military leaders including: Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clarke, Davy Crockett, Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, George S. Patton, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.1,157 views
Pre-Civil War Virginia Showdowns
William Freehling talked about two pivotal showdowns in Virginia, the most populous slave state in the south prior to the Civil War: the 1832 General Assembly debate over abolishing slavery that occurred in the wake of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave insurrection and the 1861 Secession Convention’s debate over whether to remain in the Union or join the Confederacy. Professor Freehling is the author of Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union (University of Virginia Press, 2010).859 views
The 2010 Elizabeth Roller Bottimore Lecture, “Showdowns in Virginia: The Debates over Slavery and Secession, 1832 and 1861,” was held at the University of Richmond.
Confederate Winter Quarters
Matthew Reeves talked about Confederate winter quarters during the U.S. Civil War. In the winter of 1863-64, a Confederate Army brigade from South Carolina camped in wooden huts on the grounds of Montpelier, the former estate of President James Madison, near Orange, Virginia. Matthew Reeves responded to viewer calls and electronic communications from that site, where Civil War re-enactors demonstrated what it was like at the winter camp for soldiers, officers, and their families.705 views
Also shown was a half-hour program with Mr. Reeves giving a tour of the archeological site in 2011.
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