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

In which we see more units from both armies arrive on the field- Howard's Eleventh Corps for the Federals and Rodes' Division of Ewell's Corps for the Confederates.

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In which we look at what Robert E Lee was up to on July 1, 1863.

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In which we look at George Meade's activities June 28-July 1.

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In which we look at the fight at the railroad cut on the morning of July 1, 1863.

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In which the entire right side of the Federal line, north of the Chambersburg Pike, collapses when attacked by Joe Davis's brigade of Confederates.

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In which the hard-charging Iron Brigade drives Archer's Confederates out of the Herbst woodlot.

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In which we see the first Federal infantry arrive on the battlefield, just in the nick of time.

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In which we do some myth-busting, looking at stories about shoes, Spencers, and sharpshooters.

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In which we examine John Reynolds' key role in bringing about a battle at Gettysburg.

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In which we evaluate John Buford's performance in carrying out his covering force action on the morning of July 1, 1863 outside Gettysburg.

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In which John Buford buys time for the Federal infantry to arrive on the scene.

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In which Harry Heth runs into real, live Yankee soldiers on the road to Gettysburg.

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In which we find out it was the roads (of course) that brought the armies to Gettysburg. Plus, John Buford!

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In which the armies move toward a collision.

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In which turn our attention back to the Army of the Potomac and find that Hooker is out and Meade is in.

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In which the Confederates push deeper into Pennsylvania as Ewell's Corps approaches the Susquehanna River on two fronts (at Wrightsville and by way of Carlisle).

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In which Jubal Early visits Gettysburg on June 26, 1863.

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In which the Confederates plunder their way up the Cumberland Valley after entering Pennsylvania.

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In which we find Hooker marking time below the Potomac, Lee orders Ewell to move north into Pennsylvania, and we wonder Jeb Stuart was allowed to ride off, away from the Army of Northern Virginia.

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In which Hooker finally moves the Army of the Potomac... we look at several cavalry clashes in the Loudon Valley... and Tracy sees how many different ways she can pronounce "Susquehanna."

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In which we cover the action at Second Winchester (and Stephenson's Depot) on June 13-15, 1863.

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In which we get Ewell into the Valley and set the stage for the Second Battle of Winchester.

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In which we finish up our discussion of the Battle of Brandy Station, which took place on June 9, 1863.

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In which we look at the start of the action at the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863.

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In which Joe Hooker decides to do something about the concentration of rebel cavalry under Jeb Stuart at Culpeper.

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In which the armies start to move. Well, one of the armies starts to move.

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In which we turn our attention to the Army of the Potomac and the troubles in its high command after the fiasco at Chancellorsville.

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In which we look at Robert E Lee's reorganization of the Army of Northern Virginia prior to the start of the Gettysburg Campaign.

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In which we look at Robert E Lee's reasons for launching an offensive strike north into Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. 

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In which we look at the May 15, 1863 conference in Richmond attended by Jefferson Davis, James Seddon, and Robert E Lee.

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In which we kick-off the Gettysburg story arc.

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In which Sherman scares off Johnston, Gardner surrenders Port Hudson to Banks, and we wrap-up the Vicksburg story arc.

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In which we see John Pemberton surrender Vicksburg to Ulysses S Grant on July 4, 1863, ending the forty-seven day siege.

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In which we look at Confederate efforts to aid Pemberton and the besieged Vicksburg garrison.

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In which we look at Federal siege operations at Vicksburg, May-June 1863.

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In which we look at Grant's failed attacks on Vicksburg on May 19 & 22, 1863.

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In which we look at the decisive clash of the Vicksburg Campaign- the Battle of Champion Hill, which took place on May 16, 1863.

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In which we slip in a plug for joining the Strawfoot Brigade while sharing the story of how Benjamin Grierson saved William Tecumseh Sherman's life at Fort Sill in 1871. 

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In which the Confederates lose the Battle of Raymond, lose the Mississippi state capital of Jackson, and Pemberton- against his own better judgement- moves out to confront Grant.

 

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In which we see Grant's Army of the Tennessee set out on its epic march into the interior of Mississippi, in order to cut off Vicksburg from supplies & reinforcements.

* This episode of the podcast was sponsored by Simon & Schuster, publishers of "Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation" by Douglas Waller. Available wherever you get your books.

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In which we look at the Battle of Port Gibson, which took place on May 1, 1863, as Grant advanced inland after landing on the east side of the Mississippi River.

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In which we see the Federals marching down the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River... Porter's gunboats get battered at Grand Gulf... and by the end of the show, Grant's army is finally ready to cross over to the east bank below Vicksburg.

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In which we turn our attention back to Ulysses S Grant, who makes the fateful decision to march his army down the west side of the Mississippi River and then cross to the east bank below the Confederate strongpoint of Vicksburg.

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In which we look at Banks' successful Bayou Teche Campaign in central Louisiana in the spring of 1863.

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In which we look at events downriver from Vicksburg, including the appointment of Major General Nathaniel Banks to command the Department of the Gulf and Rear Admiral David Farragut running the the Confederate batteries at Port Hudson.

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In which we look at the fate of USS Indianola and talk about the failure of the Yazoo Pass and Steele's Bayou expeditions.

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In which we look at the Federal attack on Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863.

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In which we look at Sherman's failed assault at Chickasaw Bayou, north of Vicksburg, at the end of December 1862.

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In which we start to look at Grant's first attempt to wrest Vicksburg from the Confederates. It didn't go well.

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In which we continue to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

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In which we continue to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

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In which start to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

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In which we wrap-up our look at how West Virginia, in the midst of the Civil War, became the thirty-fifth state of the Union.

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In which we start to look at the story of how West Virginia became the thirty-fifth state of the Union.

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In which we look at the wounding and death of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863).

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In which Hooker retreats, Lee stews, and we wrap-up our discussion of the Chancellorsville Campaign.

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In which we see Robert E Lee fail in his attempt to "demolish" Sedgwick on May 4, 1863.

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In which we look at the fighting at Salem Church on May 3, 1863.

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In which our focus shifts to the fighting east of Chancellorsville, at Fredericksburg and Salem Church.

 

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In which the Confederate forces of Jeb Stuart & Robert E Lee capture the Chancellorsville intersection after furious fighting on the morning of May 3, 1863. 

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In which there is fierce fighting on May 3, 1863 as the Confederates fight to reunite their divided forces at Chancellorsville.

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In which Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire on the evening of May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

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In which Stonewall Jackson's flank attack on the evening of May 2, 1863 stalls due to his command's increasing disorganization, the onset of night, and stiffening Federal resistance.

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In which Stonewall Jackson's flank attack on the evening of May 2, 1863 shatters the Eleventh Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

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In which Stonewall Jackson completes his famous flank march and prepares to launch his attack, which took place on the evening of May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

 

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In which we get Stonewall Jackson started on his famous flank march, which took place during the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863.

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In which we look at one of the most famous events during the Battle of Chancellorsville- the so-called "Cracker Box Meeting" between Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson the night of May 1/2, 1863.

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In which Robert E. Lee moves to counter the threat from the Federal flanking force at Chancellorsville.

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In which we see that while the Federal flanking force converges on Chancellorsville, the left wing of Hooker's army crosses the Rappahannock River just below Fredericksburg on April 29, 1863.

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In which we see the Army of the Potomac begin to move and open the spring campaign, which will lead to the Battle of Chancellorsville during the first week of May 1863.

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In which we begin our coverage of the Battle of Chancellorsville, which took place in Virginia during the first week of May 1863.

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In which we finish up with our look at the Federal operations against Charleston, South Carolina during the summer of 1862 and spring of 1863.

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In which we look at the Federal operations against Charleston, South Carolina during the summer of 1862 and spring of 1863.

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In which we look at the story behind the cavalry fight near Kelly's Ford on the Rappahannock River on March 17, 1863.

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In which we look at how the Army of the Potomac came to look at Fighting Joe Hooker as the best thing since sliced bread.

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In which we look at how Fighting Joe Hooker came to be given command of the Army of the Potomac in January, 1863.

 

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In which we share a short postscript to our coverage of the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

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In which we look at the action during the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

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In which Rich & Tracy have some fun for the 250th episode of the show by answering your questions about the Civil War, waffles, and just whose idea it was to do this podcast.

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In which we wrap-up our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

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In which we continue with our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

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In which we continue with our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

 

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In which we use a couple of episodes to take a look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

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In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

 

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In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

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In which we look at the start of the Confederate attack on the morning of December 31, 1862 at the Battle of Stones River. 

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In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

 

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In which we start to set the stage for the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

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In which we look at how Burnside's January offensive succumbed to the Virginia mud.

 

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In which we look at the political and military fallout after the Federal defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.

 

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In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Fredericksburg, which took place on December 13, 1862.

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In which we look at the series of increasingly futile assaults the Federals launched against Marye's Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862.

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In which we switch our focus to the action on the northern part of the battlefield on December 13, 1862, as the Federals begin to launch a series of bloody, futile assaults against Marye's Heights.

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In which we look at the action on the southern portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield on December 13, 1862 as Meade's and Gibbon's divisions assaulted the Confederate line.

 

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In which we say this is Episode #234, but it's really Episode #233.

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In which we set the stage for Franklin's attack on the southern portion of the Confederate line on December 13, 1862.

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In which the Federals make a successful river crossing under fire, finish their bridges, fight through the streets of Fredericksburg, and then proceed to thoroughly ransack the town.

 

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In which, under the category "better late than never," we finally get this episode released. 

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