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  • The Unions Moral Motivations in the War
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    The Union's Moral Motivations in the 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…

  • Ulysses S Grant and Union Military Leadership
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    Ulysses S. Grant and Union Military Leadership

    Texas Christian University Professor Steven Woodworth discussed Ulysses S. Grant’s leadership style and how it compares to other Union generals. He argued that characteristics such as Grant’s…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Fall 1863 Virginia Campaigns
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    Fall 1863 Virginia Campaigns

    Civil War scholar Jeffrey Hunt detailed the movements of General George Meade and Union forces from July to December 1863 as they followed Confederates through Virginia. This event was part of Pamplin…

  • Battle of Fort Fisher
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    Battle of Fort Fisher

    Civil War scholar Rod Gragg discussed the Battle of Fort Fisher, which occured in December 1864 and January 1865. Though beaten back at the first engagement, the Union Army remained determined to capture the…

  • 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign
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    1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

    Civil War scholar Scott Patchan talked about operations in the Shenandoah Valley during July and August 1864. Following a Confederate advance on Washington D.C. under Major General Jubal…

  • 1861 Battle of Balls Bluff
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    1861 Battle of Ball's Bluff

    Civil War scholar James Morgan discussed the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff that occurred near Leesburg, Virginia. Fought during the first year of the war, he argued that this Union loss was largely due…

  • 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,…

  • 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap
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    1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap

    Pamplin Historical Park executive director Jerry Desmond explored the 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap, a small engagement in northern Georgia following the Union victory at Chattanooga, Tennessee. This event was…

  • Battle of Wilsons Creek
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    Battle of Wilson's Creek

    Kristen Pawlak talked about the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, fought between Union and Confederate forces in southwest Missouri in August 1861. She explained that the conflict, while not widely known, is significant…

  • 1863 Tullahoma Campaign
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    1863 Tullahoma Campaign

    Author Chris Kolakowski talked about the 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. He argued that the power struggles between the Confederate leaders in the Army of Tennessee resulted in their unpreparedness for…

  • 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…

  • 1864 Battle of Fort Stevens
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    1864 Battle of Fort Stevens

    National Park Service ranger Steve Phan discussed the Union Army’s initiative to build forts around Washington, D.C. The Battle of Fort Stevens, a campaign by Confederate Lieutenant General…

  • 1862 Battle of Secessionville
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    1862 Battle of Secessionville

    Dan Welch discussed the 1862 Battle of Secessionville, a Union attempt to wrest control of nearby Tower Battery from the Confederate Army. Controlling this area meant access to Charleston, South…

  • 1863 Battle of Mine Run
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    1863 Battle of Mine Run

    Chris Mackowski discussed the Battle of Mine Run, a small engagement in December 1863 between Union forces against better positioned Confederates near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mr.…

  • 1864 New Market Campaign
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    1864 New Market Campaign

    Sarah Kay Bierle talked about 1864 New Market Campaign, which she argued resulted in the last major Confederate victory in the Shenandoah Valley and had a strategic importance far beyond the relatively small number of forces…

  • 1861 Battle of Dranesville
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    1861 Battle of Dranesville

    Ryan Quint talked about the Battle of Dranesville, fought in Northern Virginia in December 1861. He argued that the conflict, while not well known, is significant because it was the first victory for the Union…

  • 1861 Battle of Philippi
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    1861 Battle of Philippi

    Jon-Erik Gilot examined the Battle of Philippi, fought in West Virginia in June 1861. He argued that although the action was brief, it was significant because it was the first organized land engagement of the war…

  • Ulysses S Grants Second Petersburg Offensive
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    Ulysses S. Grant's Second Petersburg Offensive

    A. Wilson Greene analyzed Ulysses S. Grant’s lesser-known second Petersburg offensive, which took place in June 1864 as Union forces attempted to capture Petersburg, Virginia, before Confederate General Robert E.…

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