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    Teaching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

    The Lincoln Forum hosted a discussion among current and former college professors on their approaches to teaching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Speakers included Craig Symonds of…

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    Confederate General Joseph Johnston

    Craig Symonds talked about the contemporary allies and enemies of Confederate General Joseph Johnston, highlighting his rocky relationship with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This talk was part of…

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    World War II Marianas Campaign of 1944

    The May to November 1944 Marianas Campaign played a major role in ensuring a U.S. victory in the World War II Pacific theater. Two historians who are authors of books on the Pacific war gave…

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    D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration

    A ceremony was held at the National World War II memorial to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Professor Craig Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the…

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    Military Rivals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

    Historians John Marszalek and Craig Symonds looked at the military rivalry between Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. They compared Grant and Lee’s childhoods, their…

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    Naval History of World War II

    U.S. Naval Academy historian emeritus Craig Symonds talked about his book, World War II at Sea: A Global History. Professor Symonds discussed the strategies and battles that took place on a…

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    Johnston and Sherman's April 1865 Meeting

    Craig Symonds and John Marszalek talked about the April 1865 meeting between Union General William Sherman and Confederate General Joseph Johnston, where Johnston surrendered the last major Confederate…

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    1863 Chattanooga Campaign

    Historians talked about the Civil War’s Chattanooga Campaign, which took place in the fall of 1863 and resulted in Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant breaking through a Confederate…

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    Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor

    Craig Symonds talked about events that occurred in the Pacific region leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including the Second Sino-Japanese War that started in 1937, and the…

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    The U.S. Navy

    Craig Symonds talked about his book The U.S. Navy: A Concise History, in which he provides a history of the U.S. Navy, from its inception during the Revolutionary War to its current…

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    Craig Symonds on D-Day

    Craig Symonds talked by remote video from New York City about the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. In his book, Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings,…

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    World War II and the D-Day Invasion

    Craig Symonds talked about the logistics and strategies behind Operation Neptune, the plan responsible for the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. On D-Day, June 6, 1944,…

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    General Patrick Cleburne

    Craig Symonds talked about the military career of Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne and his “radical” proposal. In 1864, General Cleburne delivered a proposal to the leadership of the Army of…

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    1864 Person of the Year, Craig Symonds on Patrick Cleburne

    Each year, Time magazine selects the person who had the most influence on events during the preceding 12 months. Five historians were asked who they believed Time would have selected as the Person of the…

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    Abusing Lincoln's Legacy

    Panelists talked about the use, and abuse, of Lincoln’s legacy in today’s Washington. This event was co-sponsored by Ford’s Theatre and was part of the “Understanding Lincoln” online course…

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    Pacific War Turning Point

    Historians talked about the turning point in the Pacific theater during World War II. Craig Symonds argued the Battle of Midway was the decisive engagement that shifted momentum in the Allies favor, while Richard…

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    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, resulted in an estimated 51,000…

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    Civil War Naval Actions and Affairs

    Historian and author Craig Symonds talked about the various naval aspects of the Civil War, from technological developments to the battles themselves. Topics included the Union blockade and the…

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    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 return…

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    War on the Waters

    Historian James McPherson talked about his book, War on the Water: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, which presents a history of the use of naval forces by the Union and Confederate…

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