Civil War Series

Civil War Series
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Strange Case of Wilmer McLean

The McLean house at the beginning and the end of the Civil War
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In part 132 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles Wilmer Mclean, who once remarked that “the war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.”

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Civil War Series
2:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Great Locomotive Chase

The General Lee and the Great Locomotive Chase
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In part 133 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the dramatic events of the 1862 rail raid led by Major General Ormsby Mitchell.

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Civil War Series
2:28 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

George Baylor

George Baylor
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In part 134 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles George Baylor, the author of one of the best memoirs written by a Confederate soldier, Bull Run to Butt Run or Four Years in the Army of Northern Virginia.

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Civil War Series
2:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Old Beeswax

Admiral Semmes
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In part 135 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us about Raphael Semmes, who was simultaneously a Confederate Admiral and General. It was Semmes alone who was responsible for a third of all Confederate Naval captures.

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Civil War Series
2:26 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Salt

Images from salt production in Saltville, Virginia
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In part 136 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the strategic importance of the town of Saltville, Virginia to the Confederate cause. By 1864, some 38 factories were providing almost 4 million barrels annually.

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