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

In which the two armies continue to slug it out on the northern part of the field on the afternoon of the second day of the battle.

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In which the combat continues to heat up on the second day of the battle as division after division, and brigade after brigade, is fed into the fight.

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In which the fighting continues to escalate on the morning of the battle's second day (September 19, 1863).

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In which we look at the start of the fighting on the morning of the second day of the battle (September 19, 1863).

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In which we finish talking about events on the first day of the battle (September 18, 1863), and set the stage for the next day's fighting.

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In lieu of a regular episode, this is a talk that Rich gave this past week to a group in Denver when he & Tracy were invited to share about the podcast and the Civil War.

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In which the first shots of the Battle of Chickamauga are fired on September 18, 1863, as the Confederates force their way across the creek.

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In which a frustrated Bragg misses out on a couple of opportunities to cripple the enemy by striking at isolated segments of the Yankee army.

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In which Rich was on the loose east of the Mississippi, visited some battlefields, and made some videos.

 

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Category:History -- posted at: 4:37pm MST

In which we continue setting the stage for the Battle of Chickamauga.

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In which we continue setting the stage for the Battle of Chickamauga.

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In which we get a start on the Chickamauga story arc.

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In which we look at the action at the Battle of Sabine Pass (Texas), which took place on September 8, 1863.

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In which we set the stage for the dramatic September 1863 battle at Sabine Pass, Texas.

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In which we look at the Battle of Honey Springs, which took place in Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) on July 17, 1863.

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In which we look at the story of the Confederate ironclad CSS Atlanta.

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Category:History -- posted at: 6:13pm MST

In which we wrap up our discussion of the Tullahoma Campaign and get ready to start in on the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Category:History -- posted at: 2:41pm MST

In which Rosecrans' long-awaited campaign in Middle Tennessee finally gets started...

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Category:History -- posted at: 3:52pm MST

In which we continue to set the stage for the start of the Tullahoma Campaign, which took place in Tennessee in late June/early July 1863.

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In which we head back out west of the Appalachians to Tennessee and set the stage for the Tullahoma Campaign.

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In which we wrap up our look at the story of the 54th Massachusetts and their part in the Federal assault on Battery Wagner outside Charleston in July 1863.

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Category:History -- posted at: 7:33pm MST

In which we start to look at the story of the 54th Massachusetts and their part in the Federal assault on Battery Wagner outside Charleston in July 1863. 

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In which we look at the Gettysburg Address.

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In which we wrap up the Gettysburg battle/campaign story arc.

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In which we look at the aftermath of Pickett's Charge, and get the Confederates started off on their retreat from Gettysburg.

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In which the Federals repulse Pickett's Charge.

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In which the two wings of the great charge roll forward...

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In which we get Pickett's Charge underway...

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In which we say 'thank you!' for your many kind expressions of concern & support over the last several days.

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In which with Tracy out of town, Rich takes the opportunity to ramble on about a few things.

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In which we look at the big Confederate artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge and the Federal response.

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In which we look at what George Meade was up to the morning of July 3, and also talk about the remarkable series of messages between Longstreet and EP Alexander prior to the start of the big Confederate artillery bombardment.

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In which we talk about the preparations for the big Confederate artillery bombardment that would precede Pickett's Charge, and look at the Federal defenders on Cemetery Ridge who would be on the receiving end of that shelling.

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In which we look at the nine Confederate infantry brigades that made up the attacking force for Pickett's Charge.

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Category:History -- posted at: 7:13pm MST

In which we start to look at Pickett's Charge.

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In which we look at the fighting at East Cavalry Field on July 3, 1863.

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In which there's an announcement and a mystery.

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In which we get Jeb Stuart to Gettysburg and finish setting the stage for the fighting that took place at East Cavalry Field on July 3, 1863.

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In which we start to set the stage for the fighting that took place on July 3 at East Cavalry Field by taking a look at what Jeb Stuart was up to before he (finally) arrived at Gettysburg.

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In which we return to Culp's Hill to look at the rest of the fighting there on the morning of July 3, as the Confederates struggled to make a dent in the strong Federal defenses.

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In which the fighting for Culp's Hill is renewed on the morning of July 3, and Robert E Lee is forced to go with Plan B for Longstreet's part of the day's Confederate attacks.

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In which we look at the care of the wounded after the fighting on July 2, and we also see what a few of the civilians caught up in the battle were thinking about their predicament.

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In which we review the second's days fighting, look at Lee's decision to continue attacking the Federals the next day, and talk about Meade's council of war on the night of July 2.

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In which the Confederates attack the keystone of the Federal defensive line and there's a fierce, confused struggle for Cemetery Hill in the darkness on the evening of July 2.

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In which the Confederate soldiers of Allegheny Johnson's division attack Culp's Hill on July 2.

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In which Ewell starts his "demonstration" on July 2nd not with an infantry attack, but with an artillery barrage.

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In which we wonder if it really was "the best three hours' fighting ever done by any troops on any battlefield."

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In which we look at the Confederate attack on, and Federal defense of, Cemetery Ridge on the evening of July 2, 1863.

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In which Sickles' Peach Orchard salient collapses.

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In which we set the stage for the collapse of the Federals' Peach Orchard salient.

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In which the bloody battle for the Wheatfield on July 2 reaches its conclusion.

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In which Caldwell's division clears the Wheatfield.

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In which Anderson's Georgia brigade makes the first Confederate attack on the Wheatfield on July 2, 1863.

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In which Little Round Top remains firmly in Federal hands.

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In which the epic fight for Little Round Top kicks off on July 2, 1863.

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In which the Confederate attack finally begins on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, and after fierce fighting the Federal defenders are pushed off of Devil's Den. 

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In which there's some command confusion on the Confederate side before the attack on the Union left on the afternoon of July 2, 1863.

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In which we look at whether Dan Sickles actually saved the day for the Federals on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg...

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In which Dan Sickles makes his move.

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In which we continue to look at Dan Sickles' story, and the background to the bad blood between him and George Meade.

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In which we look at one of the most controversial figures associated with the story of the Battle of Gettysburg- Dan Sickles.

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In which we look at Longstreet's flank march on July 2 and its surprise ending.

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In which we look at how Robert E Lee's plan to attack the Union left on July 2 was based on flawed intelligence.

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In which we look at Robert E Lee's decision to continue the battle on July 2, 1863 by attacking the Federals.

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In which we look at the Federals' fishhook line of defense, and discuss the benefits of operating on interior lines.

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In which it's all Meade, all the time.

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In which the Confederates score an incomplete victory on the first day of the battle, as the Federals retain control of the key high ground south of town.

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In which the Federals consolidate their position on Cemetery Hill and await a renewed Confederate attack.

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In which the Federal First Corps line on Seminary Ridge collapses, and Union soldiers from the Eleventh Corps and First Corps retreat through the streets of Gettysburg to Cemetery Hill. 

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In which the Federal First Corps line on McPherson's Ridge, south of the Chambersburg Pike, collapses as Heth's Confederates advance on the afternoon of July 1, 1863.

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In which we turn our attention to the First Corps portion of the Federal line and start to talk about its collapse on the afternoon of July 1, 1863.

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In which the Federal Eleventh Corps line north of Gettysburg collapses when it is attacked by Ewell's Confederates.

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In which OO Howard and the Eleventh Corps arrive at Gettysburg.

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In which Robert E Lee arrives on the battlefield at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.

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In which we make a special announcement.

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In which Rodes' assault on the Federal First Corps line continues, with Daniel's Brigade moving to the attack.

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In which we look at the beginning of Rodes' attack from Oak Hill and the destruction of Iverson's Brigade.

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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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