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  • Ulysses S Grant as Union Army GeneralinChief
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    Ulysses S. Grant as Union Army General-in-Chief

    Historian Chris Kolakowski talked about the events leading up to President Abraham Lincoln naming Ulysses S. Grant as general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1864 and how Grant’s command style differed…

    690 views
  • Civil War Defenses Roundtable
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    Civil War Defenses Roundtable

    Historians explored the idea of “Civil War defenses” from a variety of angles. They talked about military defenses, generals who defended their reputations, and the inability of soldiers to defend…

    483 views
  • Army of The Cumberlands Defense at Stones River
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    Army of The Cumberland's Defense at Stones River

    Chris Kolakowski, author of The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat, talked about the Army of the Cumberland’s defensive strategy during the battle of Stones River. This…

    920 views
  • LeadUp to the Battle of Midway
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    Lead-Up to the Battle of Midway

    Author Walter Borneman talked about the lead-up to the Battle of Midway, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor just six months earlier, and the backgrounds and performance of U.S. naval…

    709 views
  • Japanese Perspective on the Battle of Midway
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    Japanese Perspective on the Battle of Midway

    Author Anthony Tully gave the Japanese perspective on the Battle of Midway. The battle took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater of World War II and resulted in a decisive naval victory…

    2,637 views
  • Life and Career of Douglas MacArthur Part 2
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    Life and Career of Douglas MacArthur, Part 2

    Christopher Kolakowski gave a tour of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, and talked about five-star General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded Allied Forces in the Pacific during World…

    523 views
  • Life and Career of Douglas MacArthur Part 1
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    Life and Career of Douglas MacArthur, Part 1

    Christopher Kolakowski gave a tour of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, and talked about five-star General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded Allied Forces in the Pacific during World…

    826 views
  • Great Attacks of the Civil War
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    Great Attacks of the Civil War

    Historians talked about great attacks of the Civil War. They discussed what factors should be considered in evaluating engagements and which battles had the most military or symbolic significance. The…

    1,126 views
  • General MacArthur as a Military Commander
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    General MacArthur as a Military Commander

    Walter Borneman spoke about Allied General Douglas MacArthur’s evolution as a military commander. Mr. Borneman is the author of MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific.

    610 views
  • Discussion on the Fall of Richmond and Appomattox
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    Fall of Richmond and Appomattox

    Christopher Kolakowski talked about the experiences of citizens during the fall of Richmond and the decisions by Confederate leaders that led to the surrender at Appomattox. He also spoke about…

    1,071 views
  • Discussion on State Militias Units in World War I
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    State Militia Units in World War I

    Nimrod Frazer, author of Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division, talked about state militias serving in World War I. The MacArthur Memorial’s 2014 World War I…

    396 views
  • Discussion on Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels in World War I
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    Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels in World War I

    Lee Craig, author of Josephus Daniels: His Life and Times, talked about the World War I secretary of the Navy and the U.S. Navy’s wartime role. The MacArthur Memorial’s 2014 World War I…

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  • Discussion on the East Coast of the US During World War I
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    East Coast of the U.S. During World War I

    Maritime archeologist Joseph Hoyt talked about discoveries of the many World War I actions that took place off the East Coast of the United States. The MacArthur Memorial’s 2014 World War I…

    367 views
  • World War I Centennial Symposium
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    World War I Centennial Symposium

    Christopher Kolakowski made welcoming remarks to the second day of a World War I symposium and then Professor Orr spoke about the realities of war and read from the writings of soldiers. The…

    949 views
  • Discussion on the Legacy of World War I
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    Legacy of World War I Panel Discussion

    Panelists discussed the legacy of World War I. Then Mr. Kolakowski made closing remarks. “Legacies of the Great War” was the final panel of the MacArthur Memorial’s 2014 World War I…

    682 views
  • Discussion on World War I
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    World War I Centennial Symposium, Introduction

    As part of the introduction to a symposium on the World War I centennial, professor Maura Hametz talked about the historical background of World War I. The introduction also included a color…

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  • Discussion on the Fall of the Confederate Navy
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    Fall of the Confederate Navy

    Christopher Kolakowski talked about the fall of the Confederate Navy in 1864. Coming into that year, the Confederates were at the peak of their sea power. However, as Mr. Kolakowski explained, the loss…

    893 views