Civil War Series
3:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Buddies Blue and Gray

Illustration of the truce at Dunker Church
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In part 114 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses why fraternization among Union and Confederate soldiers was so rampant.

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Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr., is a noted scholar on the American Civil War and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.

Civil War Series
3:39 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Flags in Battle

Union and Confederate flags
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In part 115 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that a unit’s flag was the soldiers most visual sign of patriotism and that there was no shortage in battle for men to be standard bearers.

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Civil War Series
3:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
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In part 116 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life and career of Walt Whitman. Though he was, Robertson says, the most famous male nurse in the Civil War, his writings about the conflict have the greater fame.

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Civil War Series
3:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Overlooked

Horses in combat
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In part 117 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the unfortunate plight of horses and mules during the conflict. They were, he says, the first target in battle and they always had high combat losses. 

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Civil War Series
3:34 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Onward, March

Civil War shoes
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In part 118 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that Civil War soldiers did more marching than fighting. Here, he describes the physical hardships caused by traveling great distances by foot.

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Civil War Series
3:32 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Man Who Cursed in Jackson’s Presence

Various supply wagons used during the war.

In part 119 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life and career of John A. Harman, Stonewall Jackson’s only Quartermaster. He says the fact that Harman could not control himself made him one of the best Quartermasters in the Union.

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Civil War Series
2:51 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sarah Jane Smith

Transcript of the trial of Sarah Jane Smith
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In part 120 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the guerilla warfare that took place in Missouri. He also profiles the actions of Confederate Sarah Jane Smith, who was the first woman to be put to death for crimes against the United States.

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Civil War Series
2:50 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Colonel Benjamin Grierson

Colonel Benjamin Grierson
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In part 121 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life and career of Colonel Benjamin Grierson, the Illinois music teacher who conducted the Civil War’s first long-range expedition by Union Calvary into enemy territory.

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Civil War Series
2:49 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Yuletide Greetings

Christmas during the war
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In part 122 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that during the Civil War, there were few gifts and celebrations but the thoughts of family and home occupied the minds of soldiers. Here, Dr. Robertson shares excerpts from some letters written by soldiers to their families.

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