Civil War Series

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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Civil War Series
2:24 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A Colorful Character

General Judson Kilpatrick
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In part 137 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the colorful character, Judson Kilpatrick, who was the first regular Army officer to be injured in a civil war and a Brigadier General at the age of 26.

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Civil War Series
2:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Submarine Warfare

Illustration of a hand crank Civil War submarine
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In part 138 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the unsuccessful attempts to master submarine warfare during the conflict.

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Civil War Series
2:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ride Around McClellan

Illustration of Jeb Stuart's ride around
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In part 139 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson relates the events of June 12, 1862. On this day, a reconnaissance mission began under the leadership of a young calvary chief, Jeb Stuart. The mission would take Stuart and 1200 horsemen around the largest fighting force ever assembled in the Western hemisphere. It made a hero of General Robert E. Lee, became the stuff of legend, and boosted the sagging morale of the Confederates.

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Civil War Series
2:12 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Not Much Man But A Big General

Union General William Mahone
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In part 140 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles Major General William (Billy) Mahone, the diminutive man yet tough fighter show founded the Norfolk and Western Railway.

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