The Civil War (1861-1865): A History Podcast

In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at how McDowell failed to maintain the initiative after he seized Matthews Hill, and as a result the Confederates had time to forge a defensive line on Henry Hill.

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In which we cover the start of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861)- including the Federals' flanking march to Sudley Ford and the fight for Matthews Hill.

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In which we cover the affair at Blackburn's Ford on July 18, 1861. Plus, we look at McDowell's decision to change his plan and attempt to turn the Confederate left flank. 

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In which we look at the start of the campaign that culminates with the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.

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In which we set the stage for the beginning of the campaign that culminates with the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.

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In which we look at why Northern & Southern men signed up to fight at the beginning of the Civil War.

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In which we look at the importance of horses & mules to Civil War armies. Plus, we talk about Robert E Lee's horse- Traveller.

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In which we discuss the decision to declare runaway slaves "contraband of war," and then we look at the Battle of Big Bethel which took place on June 10, 1861.

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In which we cover the third Civil War combat arm: the artillery.

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In which we give some book and other recommendations for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln giving Gettysburg Address.

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