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

In which we look at the fight at the Brawner Farm, which took place on the evening of August 28, 1862.

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In which we look at Stonewall Jackson's capture of the huge Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction, and his subsequent march to the old battlefield of First Manassas nearby.

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In which we continue our march toward Second Manassas, looking at Stonewall Jackson's movement around John Pope's right flank.

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In which we continue our march toward Second Manassas by looking at how Robert E. Lee forced John Pope to withdraw from his line along the Rapidan River, but then Lee's advance stalled in front of Pope's new position along the Rappahannock.

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In which we look at the action at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, which took place on August 9, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Cedar Mountain, which took place on August 9, 1862 on the road to Second Manassas.

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In which we look at the circumstances surrounding John Pope's appointment to command the Union's Army of Virginia in June of 1862.

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In which we discuss how the Seven Days' Battles and the failure of McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in the summer of 1862 was a turning point in the Civil War.

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In which we look at the aftermath of the Seven Days' Battles, and the decision to withdraw the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula.

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In which we look at the action at the final battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: the Battle of Malvern Hill, which took place on July 1, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Malvern Hill, which took place on July 1, 1862.

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In which we look at the action at the Battle of Glendale, which took place on Monday, June 30, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the next battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Glendale (June 30, 1862).

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In which we look at the next clash during the Seven Days' Campaign: Savage's Station (June 29, 1862).

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In which we look at the aftermath of the Battle of Gaines's Mill, which took place on June 27, 1862.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

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In which we continue our discussion of the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

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In which we discuss the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

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In which we discuss the first two battles of the Seven Days' Campaign, Oak Grove (June 25, 1862) and Mechanicsville (June 26). 

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In which we set the stage for the Seven Days' Battles (June 25- July 1, 1862) by looking at Jefferson Davis's decision to put Robert E. Lee in command of the Confederate army defending Richmond.

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In which we review the important events of the Peninsula Campaign, up to the Battle of Fair Oaks (May 31- June 1, 1862) and Robert E. Lee's appointment to command the Army of Northern Virginia. 

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In which we wrap-up our discussion of Stonewall Jackson's famous 1862 Valley Campaign.

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In which we look at the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, which took place at the end of Jackson's Valley Campaign on June 8 & 9, 1862.

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In which we look at Carroll's raid on Port Republic, which took place on Sunday, June 8, 1862.

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In which we see Stonewall Jackson slip through the Federals' trap, and we begin to set the stage for the battles at Cross Keys & Port Republic.

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In which we look at what happened after Stonewall Jackson's victory at the First Battle of Winchester in May, 1862 during the Valley Campaign.

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In which we look at the First Battle of Winchester, which took place on May 25, 1862 during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

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In which we look at the events of Saturday May 24, 1862- the day sandwiched in between the battles at Front Royal and Winchester during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

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In which we look at the engagement at Front Royal, which took place during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign on May 23, 1862.

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In which we lay out the background to the battles of Front Royal and Winchester, which took place in May 1862 during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

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In which we look at the Battle of McDowell, which took place on May 8, 1862.

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In which we lay out the background to the Battle of McDowell, which took place on May 8, 1862.

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In which we discuss the activities of the Confederate and Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley after the Battle of Kernstown (March 23, 1862).

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In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Kernstown, which took place on March 23, 1862.

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In which we look at the start of the action at the First Battle of Kernstown, which took place on March 23, 1862.

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In which we lay out the background to the First Battle of Kernstown, which took place in March 1862.

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In which we look at Stonewall Jackson's controversial winter-time expedition against Romney in January, 1862. 

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In which we continue with Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's story, taking him from the start of the Civil War in April, 1861 to his assumption of command in the Shenandoah Valley in November, 1861.

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In which we start look at Confederate general Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's story.

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In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond on May 31 & June 1, 1862.

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In which we start to look at the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond on May 31 & June 1, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond over May 31-June 1, 1862.

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In which we look at the First Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 15, 1862 and also discuss the slow but steady march of the Army of the Potomac up the Peninsula as it closes in on Richmond.

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In which we look at the engagement at Williamsburg on May 5, 1862 and the heavy skirmish at Eltham's Landing on May 7.

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In which we continue our discussion of the Peninsula Campaign and see that George McClellan won Yorktown as he always hoped- without a battle.

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In which we hit the pause button on the action during the Peninsula Campaign and we talk about (1) McClellan's special bond with the men of the Army of the Potomac, (2) McClellan's suspicious arithmetic and the security of Washington, and (3) Lincoln's decision to withhold McDowell's corps from McClellan.

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In which we see the Army of the Potomac disembark at Fort Monroe and start its march up the Peninsula in April, 1862.

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In which we finish setting the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

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In which we continue to set the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

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In which we continue to lay out the background to McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

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In which we start to set the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign...

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In which we conclude our discussion of the campaign and battle of Shiloh.

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In which we look at the second day's fighting at the Battle of Shiloh. The battle took place over April 6-7, 1862.  This is the next-to-last episode in our Shiloh story arc (so we'll wrap things up next week!).

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The "Lick 'Em Tomorrow Though" Episode

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place over April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862. In this episode we look at the legend of the Hornets' Nest and then discuss the formation of Grant's last line of defense.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862. In this episode we talk about the collapse of the Hornets' Nest.

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In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.  In this episode we discuss Sherman & McClernand's counterattack on the Union right, and we also look at the wayward march of Lew Wallace's Third Division.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we discuss the death of the Confederate army's commanding general, Albert Sidney Johnston, during the Battle of Shiloh.

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In which we continue with our look at the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we start to set the stage for the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the Burnside Expedition, looking at the battle at New Bern (March 13, 1862) and the fall of Fort Macon (April 25, 1862). 

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In which we look at the Burnside Expedition's capture of Roanoke Island, North Carolina on February 8, 1862.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

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In which we continue to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

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In which we start to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

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In which we continue our look at the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

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In which we continue our discussion of the events preceding the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

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In which we make a special announcement and share some news about the podcast.

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In which we celebrate our one hundreth episode with a music special featuring over twenty songs that were popular during the Civil War.

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In which we wrap-up our discussion of Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by looking at the Battle of Glorieta Pass (March 28, 1862).

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In which we talk about the Civil War origins of Thanksgiving Day, and share a few things for which we're thankful.

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In which we continue our discussion of Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by looking at the Confederates' capture of Albuquerque & Santa Fe, the epic march of the First Colorado to Fort Union, and the engagement at Apache Pass (March 26, 1862).

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In which we continue our look at Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by discussing the Battle of Valverde (February 21, 1862).

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In which we set the stage for Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by discussing Texas's secession from the Union in February, 1861 and looking at "Baylor's Buffalo Hunt" (May-July, 1861). 

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In which we talk a bit about Nathan Bedford Forrest's background and then take a closer look at his escape from Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

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In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

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In which we look at the opening stages of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

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In which we look at the Federal timberclads' dramatic raid up the Tennessee River, and Albert Sidney Johnston's controversial decision to reinforce- but not to fully commit to the defense of- Fort Donelson.

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In which we discuss the Battle of Fort Henry, which took place on February 6, 1862.

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In which we give the background to Ulysses S. Grant's February, 1862 campaign to capture Forts Henry & Donelson in northern Tennessee.

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In which we look at the Battle of Mill Springs, which took place in south-central Kentucky on January 19, 1862.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Mill Springs, which took place in Kentucky on January 19, 1862.

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

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In which we continue our discussion of Union and Confederate diplomacy during the Civil War by looking at the Trent Affair, which took the U.S. and Britain to the brink of war.

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In which we discuss Union and Confederate foreign relations early in the Civil War, especially the South's use of "King Cotton Diplomacy."

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In which we give you a short episode about the life of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862).

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In which we give you a short episode about the timberclads & city-class ironclads of the Union's "brown water navy."

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In which we discuss (among other things) the Battle of Belmont, which took place on November 7, 1861.

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In which we set the stage for the Battle of Belmont (Nov. 7, 1861) by discussing Kentucky's neutrality early in the Civil War, and how the Confederate move to seize Columbus, KY pushed the Bluegrass State off the fence and into the Union camp.

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