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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Science & Technology
2:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Blacksburg Represents at South by Southwest

There will be a strong showing from Blacksburg at next week’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Two local start-ups are heading out there to participate. The annual conference is known for original music and independent film, but,  it also has a tech side.

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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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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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Civil War Series
2:10 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A Union Defeat

Illustration of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
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In part 141 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia on June 27, 1864. General William T. Sherman lost almost 3000 casualties compared to almost 500 for the Confederates.

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Civil War Series
2:09 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Disease

Civil War hospitals
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In part 142 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that just being in the Army killed more men than died in battle.

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