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

In which we continue with our look at Ulysses S. Grant's life story, bringing him up to speed with the podcast timeline.

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In which we set out to tell Ulysses S. Grant's life story and bring it up to speed with the point where we find ourselves on the podcast timeline- November, 1861.

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In which we discuss the Port Royal Experiment on the South Carolina Sea Islands, which many people considered a dress rehearsal for the South's postwar reconstruction.

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In which we set the stage for a discussion of the Port Royal Experiment, which took place on South Carolina's Sea Islands and which many people view as a "rehearsal for reconstruction."

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In which we look at the Battle of Port Royal Sound, South Carolina (November 7, 1861).

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In which we continue our discussion of the ordeal of Brigadier General Charles P. Stone.

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In which we discuss the persecution of Brigadier General Charles Stone by the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

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In which we look at the Battle of Ball's Bluff (October 21, 1861).

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In which we discuss George B. McClellan's arrival in Washington in July of 1861, and his taking command of the defeated & demoralized force that would become the Union's famed Army of the Potomac.

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In which we look at Robert E. Lee's Cheat Mountain campaign in western Virginia in September, 1861.

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In which we discuss the Blockade Board, Confederate privateers, and the capture of Hatteras Island by a Federal joint army-navy task force in August, 1861.

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In which we look at John C. Fremont's tenure as commander of the Federal's Western Department in 1861 and see how troubled Missouri proved to be his downfall.

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In which we discuss the successful siege of Lexington by Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard in September, 1861.

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In which we cover the action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861).

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In which we discuss the activities and maneuvering of both sides prior to the Battle of Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861) in southwest Missouri.

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In which we continue our look at the mayhem that broke out in Missouri at the start of the Civil War.  In this episode we cover the 'Battle of Carthage,' and set the stage for the Battle of Wilson's Creek.

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In which we look at the mayhem that broke out in Missouri at the start of the Civil War.

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In which we discuss Chief Justice Roger Taney's dramatic challenge to Abraham Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

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In which we continue our discussion of medical issues affecting Civil War soldiers.  In this episode we look at what happened to a soldier after he was wounded on the battlefield.

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In which we look at medical aspects of the Civil War.  In this episode we focus on diseases, which killed many many more Civil War soldiers than did wounds.

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In which we take a quick look at the story behind the Confederacy's famous battle flag, and also the history behind each of the Confederate States of America's three national flags.

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In which we conclude our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the Federal army's retreat and the failure of the Confederates to pursue, and then we offer some final thoughts on the war's first major battle.

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In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the fight for Henry Hill, and then we move over to the action at Chinn Ridge.

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In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the start of the pivotal fight for Henry Hill. Plus, we see how Stonewall Jackson got his famous nickname.

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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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In which we look at another one of the three Civil War combat arms: the cavalry.

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In which we conclude our discussion of Civil War infantry.

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In which we discuss the principal shoulder arm used by Union & Confederate infantrymen during the Civil War: the rifle-musket.

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In which we use several episodes to talk about the three combat arms of the Civil War- the infantry, cavalry, & artillery.

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In which we start off with a short bio of George McClellan, and then get to the continuation of the action in northwest Virginia with the Battle of Rich Mountain (July 11, 1861).

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In which we look at the clash between Union & Confederate forces at Fairfax Court House in northeast Virginia on June 1, 1861... and the Union surprise attack at Philippi in northwest Virginia on June 3. 

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In which we look at the fate that befell Arlington, the mansion and estate that was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family before the start of the Civil War.

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In which we discuss the Confederate and Union war aims & strategy at the beginning of the Civil War. Plus, we look at the Union's move in May 1861 to seize Alexandria, Virginia- just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

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In which we use this episode to give a short biography of Robert E Lee's life, up to April 1861 when he resigned his commision in the U.S. Army and took command of Virginia's military forces.

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In which we discuss the April 19, 1861 proclamation by which Abraham Lincoln declared a blockade of the Confederacy. And we also look at the Confederate seizure of the important Gosport navy yard a few days later.

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In which we wrap up our discussion of the dark days in April 1861 when Washington, DC was cut off from the North and in danger from Confederate invasion. 

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In which we relate the events in the dark days of April 1861, when Washington DC was cut off from the loyal states of the North.

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In which we talk about Abraham Lincoln's April 15th call for 75,000 militia to suppress the rebellion, and the subsequent secession of Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, & North Carolina.

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In which we discuss the bombardment of Sumter by the Confederate artillery batteries, and then the fort's evacuation by Major Robert Anderson & his men on April 14, 1861. Before the conclusion of the episode, we also tackle the questions: "What caused secession?" and "What caused the war?"

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In which we discuss Lincoln's relief expedition to Fort Sumter, the Confederate government's decision to reduce the fort, and the opening shot of the bombardment on April 12, 1861. 

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In which we continue our discussion of the escalating crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter.

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In which we look at Abraham Lincoln's inaugural journey from Illinois to Washington, D.C. and then his inauguration as the sixteenth President of the United States on March 4, 1861. 

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In which we continue our discussion of the events surrounding the growing crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.

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In which we discuss the dramatic events surrounding the growing crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.

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In which we look at how Abraham Lincoln used the time between his election victory and his inauguration as president to build his celebrated "team of rivals."

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In which we head back north of the Mason-Dixon Line to see what was going on with Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois and with the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C. during the steady escalation of the secession crisis.

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In which we continue the biographical sketch of Jefferson Davis's life in order to bring him up to speed with where we are on the podcast timeline, the year 1861. We end this episode by taking a look at the formation of the Confederate cabinet.

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In which we use a special two-part biography of Jefferson Davis to bring his life up to speed with where we currently are on the podcast timeline, the year 1861.

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In which we take a look at some of the major differences between North & South on the eve of the Civil War.

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In which we discuss the birth of the Confederate States of America at Montgomery, Alabama in February 1861.

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In which we continue our discussion by asking if the southern states had a right to secede, or if secession was rebellion. Then, we look at the message the secession commissioners spread throughout the South in late 1860/early 1861. Our book recommendation for this episode is "Apostles of Disunion" by Charles B. Dew.

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In which we look at how seven southern states withdrew from the Union between Abraham Lincoln's election and his inauguration.  We answer the question: What was behind the secession of these states?

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In which we discuss the reasons behind the collapse of the Democratic Party, the resulting four-way contest for the presidency, and Abraham Lincoln's victory on Election Day, November 6, 1860.

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In which we take a look at the important February 1860 speech in New York City that helped catapult Abraham Lincoln to the White House.

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In which we look at John Brown's assault on Harper's Ferry in October 1859.

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In which we continue our coverage of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 1858.

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In which we give the background to the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, and then we start in on the debates themselves.

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In which we continue the biographical sketch of Abraham Lincoln's life in order to bring him up to speed with where we are on the podcast timeline, the year 1858.  In this episode we break the discussion up into three sections: Lincoln the Lawyer, Lincoln Gets Married, and Lincoln the Politician.

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In which we use a special two-part biography of Abraham Lincoln to bring his life up to speed with where we currently are on the podcast timeline, the year 1858.

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In which we take a look at the Dred Scott case and the fiasco over the Lecompton Constitution, and show how the snowballing negative consequences from those events finally caused the Democratic Party to, once & for all, split along sectional lines. A unified Republican Party will take advantage of that split & win the presidency in 1860.

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In which we discuss the three-way presidential contest of 1856 and its importance to the rise of the Republican Party. Plus, we see Abraham Lincoln start to position himself to be a leading national figure in the party.

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In which we look at the brutal caning of Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts by Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina in May, 1856.

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In which we talk about Stephen Douglas's sponsorship of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the ensuing violence in "Bleeding Kansas," & the rise of the Republican Party as a direct result of Northern outrage over the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

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In which we discuss the Northern reaction to the new Fugitive Slave Law that was part of the Compromise of 1850.  Plus, we look at the significant impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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In which we take a fast pass through the abolitionist movement in the U.S., and show how it made a significant contribution to the sectional unraveling that led to the Civil War. 

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In which we take a look at some pro-slavery arguments to see why Seward's "Higher Law" speech in March 1850 made Southerners so very very angry.

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In which we look at the Presidential Election of 1848, the crisis over the admission of California as a free state, & how Henry Clay laid the groundwork for Stephen Douglas to sweep in and save the day with the Compromise of 1850.

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In which we follow along as Winfield Scott marches on Mexico City & captures it in September 1847.  We continue spotlighting some of the American officers, almost all West Point graduates, who fight in Mexico and then go on to some measure of fame in the Civil War.

 

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In which we continue our discussion of America's war with Mexico. We talk about the military action in California & New Mexico, then cover a battle in Congress over something called the Wilmot Proviso. Finally, we move back down to the Rio Grande, where Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey and then wins the hard-fought Battle of Buena Vista in February 1847.

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In which we look at how tensions rose along the U.S.'s southern border, and then discuss how hostilities with Mexico commenced in April 1846.

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In which we discuss the Tariff of Abominations, the Nullification Crisis of 1832/33, and we wonder who had the pre-Civil War era's most impressive head of hair: John C Calhoun or Andrew Jackson. Plus, Manifest Destiny beckons & we set the stage for the war with Mexico in 1846. 

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In which we take a look at the crisis surrounding Missouri's admission into the Union as a slave state, and Henry Clay's pivotal role in brokering the ensuing compromise in 1820. 

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In which we take a look back at American history to see how slavery, even from the colonial period, played a major role in shaping & defining the country's political landscape. 

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In which we give an introduction to the podcast, share a bit about ourselves, & discuss why we think the Civil War is still deserving of attention & study today. 

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