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    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.

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    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. 

    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.

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    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.

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    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).
    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.

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    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.

    Also shown was a half-hour program with Mr. Reeves giving a tour of the archeological site in 2011.

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    Civil War Memory

    Anne Sarah Rubin talked about how the Civil War was remembered in the decades following the conflict. She focused on the former Confederate states, and talked about the creation of the “Lost Cause” myth.

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    Book Discussion on Appomattox

    Elizabeth Varon, American History professor at the University of Virginia, talked about her book, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War, in which she recalls Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to the Ulysses S. Grant-led Union forces at McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865. Elizabeth Varon spoke at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Virginia.

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    Book Discussion on The Internal Enemy

    Alan Taylor talked about his book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, in which he recounts the impact that slaves in Virginia had on the War of 1812. In his book, the author reports that upon the British invasion, slaves in Virginia sought their freedom by escaping to British ships moored in the Chesapeake Bay. Once aboard they imparted their understanding of local geography to assist the British Army. Alan Taylor spoke at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Internal Enemy was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction.

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    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 under Robert E. Lee thwarted George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac in the Union attempt to take the Confederate capital of Richmond. Professor Gallagher argues that, in many ways, the Seven Days' Battles were more of a turning point in the Civil War than was the Battle of Gettysburg a year later. The Virginia Historical Society hosted.

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    The Competing Loyalties of Robert E. Lee

    Robert E. Lee was a conflicted man when he stood before the Virginia House of Delegates in 1861 to accept command of the state’s military forces. Exactly 150 years later, historian Gary Gallagher spoke on the same spot about Lee’s resignation from the U.S. Army and his competing loyalties--between his country and that of Virginia.

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