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  • The Irish Brigade
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    The Irish Brigade

    Gettysburg National Military Park ranger Angie Atkinson talked about the formation and combat experience of the Union Army’s Irish Brigade. She described the standing of recent Irish immigrants…

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  • Ulysses S Grant
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    Ulysses S. Grant

    To mark the 198th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday, the Grant Monument Association hosted a discussion between retired General David Petraeus and Elizabeth Samet, editor of an annotated…

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  • emHow the South Won the Civil Warem
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    How the South Won the Civil War

    Boston College history Professor Heather Cox Richardson argued that Southern social, political, and economic ideologies prevailed in the American West following the Civil War. This was a…

    287 views
  • 1864 Presidential Election
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    1864 Presidential Election

    Rea Andrew Redd talked about the presidential election of 1864. He outlined the Republican and Democratic platforms, the different candidates and the logistics of getting soldiers to vote. This talk…

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  • Unions Moral Motivations in the Civil War
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    Union's Moral Motivations in the Civil War

    Author Elizabeth Varon talkcd about political rhetoric used in the Union during the Civil War, which she argued made Northerners believe they were saving the South. She explored the…

    475 views
  • The Soldier Experience
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    The Soldier Experience

    Author Peter Carmichael used letters written by Union and Confederate soldiers to examine their battle experience, mental state, and political outlook. He argued that the daily life of a…

    503 views
  • What Caused the Civil War
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    What Caused the Civil War?

    Historians Joan Waugh and Gary Gallagher answered - what caused the Civil War? Ms. Waugh and Mr. Gallagher co-authored, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. Their remarks were…

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  • Confederate General Longstreet at Appomattox
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    Confederate General Longstreet at Appomattox

    Gettysburg National Military Park ranger Karlton Smith talked about the role of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet in the 1865 Appomattox Campaign. Using maps and describing troop movement, he…

    325 views
  • Cumberland Valley Railroad
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    Cumberland Valley Railroad

    Scott Mingus, co-author of Targeted Tracks, talked about the importance of the Cumberland Valley Railroad during the Civil War. This was a one-track railroad running from Hagerstown,…

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  • Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo
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    Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo

    Historian Gary Gallagher talked with Lincoln and Civil War scholar Allen Guelzo about his previous work on President Abraham Lincoln as well as his current project on Confederate General Robert…

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  • Soldiers Views of the Battle of Antietam
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    Soldiers' Views of the Battle of Antietam

    Keith Snyder from the Antietam National Battlefield shared personal accounts of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. Through letters, photographs and diary…

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  • US Constitution and Secession
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    U.S. Constitution and Secession

    Dwight Pitcaithley is a former National Park Service chief historian and editor of “The U.S. Constitution and Secession.” He offered an analysis of the 67 Constitutional amendments…

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  • Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew
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    Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew

    University of Virginia professor Elizabeth Varon talks about Elizabeth Van Lew, who operated a Union spy ring out of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. Her remarks are part of…

    1,188 views
  • emCongress at Warem
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    Congress at War

    Historian Fergus Bordewich argued that Congress, led by the Republican Party, played a vital role in the Union’s victory in the Civil War.

    746 views
  • Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War
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    Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War

    Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history…

    407 views
  • 1862 Battle of Williamsburg
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    1862 Battle of Williamsburg

    Drew Gruber talked about the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg in Virginia - and why it was overshadowed that year by larger and bloodier battles. He also explained why Williamsburg’s colonial history has…

    935 views
  • Robert E Lee after the War
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    Robert E. Lee after the War

    Matt Atkinson, a Gettysburg National Military Park ranger, discussed the post war life of former Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He highlighted Lee’s efforts to promote a reconciliatory…

    476 views
  • Southern White Women Slave Owners
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    Southern White Women Slave Owners

    Stephanie Jones-Rogers detailed her research into Southern white women slaveholders who, she calculates, comprised 40 percent of slave owners in some regions. The previous estimate had been…

    340 views
  • Abraham Lincoln and African Americans
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    Abraham Lincoln and African Americans

    Civil War scholar Jonathan White talked about how Abraham Lincoln interacted with African Americans he met during his time in office. He explained how Lincoln’s willingness to have African…

    545 views
  • Robert Plumb Discusses emThe Better Angelsem
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    The Better Angels

    Author Robert Plumb looked at how Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Josepha Hale, and Julia Ward Howe had an impact on the Civil War.

    404 views
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