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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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    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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    Panel Discussion on Controversial Generals of the Civil War

    Historians answered audience questions about Civil War generals, including which ones have been the most loved and hated through history. They also talked about which generals had the best…

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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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    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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    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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    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…

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    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 swift conclusion. Topics included…

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    The Civil War Along the Atlantic Coast

    This week on The Civil War, American History TV visits the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The museum hosted a Civil War Navy Conference in early March to mark the 150th…

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    Civil War Perspectives

    Authors talked about their books on the Civil War. They responded to questions from members of the audience. “Civil War Perspectives” was a panel of the ninth annual Annapolis Book…

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    Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis

    When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted that he knew “little about ships.” Yet the first military crisis he faced prior to the start of the Civil War occurred in the Charleston Harbor at…

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    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 the audience. Frank…

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    Abraham Lincoln Panel

    Authors talked about their books relating to Abraham Lincoln. After the presentations, they responded to questions by members of the audience. Professor Joseph Glatthaar moderated. Jean Baker is the…

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    Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan

    Mr. Symonds talked about his book, Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan, published by the United States Naval Institute. He focused on the career of Buchanan, from…

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