Civil War Series

Civil War Series
2:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Making Music

George F. Root - Civil War composer
Credit www.hymntime.com

In part 127 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that the struggles of the 1860s acted as a catalyst in helping develop a unique style of American music. He discusses some of the songs of George F. Root, who wrote more tunes than any other composer.

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Civil War Series
2:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Political Generals

Union General Nathaniel Banks
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In part 128 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that Presidents Lincoln and Davis courted politicians by giving them high appointments in their armies. Though it made political sense, it usually created military calamity. Dr. Robertson provides Major General Nathaniel P. Banks as an example.

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Civil War Series
2:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Laughter is the best medicine

Political cartoon of Abraham Lincoln
Credit assemblyman-eph.blogspot.com

In part 129 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson gives examples of how Abraham Lincoln used humor to become a master storyteller.

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Civil War Series
2:33 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A Union First

Illustration of the Battle of Kelly's Ford
Credit www.sonofthesouth.net

In part 130 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that the March 17, 1863 battle at Kelly’s Ford was the first victory for Union calvary and a harbinger of things to come for the South.

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Civil War Series
2:32 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Fighting Irish

Castle Garden, served as an immigration depot throughout much of the 1800s. The Civil War in America from the Illustrated London News
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In part 131 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that at least 20 Union regiments were all Irishmen, and their presence in camp and battle was always evident.

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