Civil War Series
1:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Boy Artillerist

Illustration of William Pegram
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In part 150 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson chronicles the career of William Ransom Johnson Pegram and the young man’s rise from Private to Colonel of Artillery. 

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Civil War Series
1:50 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Dysentery Enemy

Period hospital facilities

In part 151 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that during the conflict there were one million eight hundred thousand cases of dysentery and diarrhea among the two million soldiers who served in the Union army. As he makes clear, the disease did not take sides.

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Civil War Series
1:47 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sallie

Memorial to Sallie
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In part 152 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles one of the most unique soldiers in the 1860s: the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Regimen.

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Civil War Series
1:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Pulpit and the Sword

Confederate Lieutenant-General Polk

In part 153 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the career of Leonidas Polk, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana who became a Confederate general.

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Civil War Series
1:44 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Boy Soldiers

Illustration of a Liberty Hall Volunteer
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In part 154 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson traces the wartime history of Company I of the Fourth Virginia Infantry Regiment, better known as the Liberty Hall Volunteers.

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Civil War Series
1:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Confederate Medicine

Confederate Surgeon General Dr. Samuel Preston Moore
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In part 155 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the accomplishments of Samuel Preston Moore, the Surgeon General of the Confederacy.

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Law & Crime
1:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cigarette Smuggling

Over the last few weeks, Governor McDonnell has been scrutinizing 812 bills sent to him by the General Assembly.  Among them is a package of legislation to penalize “possession with the intent to distribute” a legal product.  Its goal is to stop the traffickers of contraband cigarettes, who’ve made millions of dollars while the Commonwealth loses revenue.

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Civil War Series
1:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Strategic Withdrawal

Confederate General Joe Johnston
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In part 156 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the career of the controversial General Joseph E. Johnston.

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Civil War Series
1:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Tragedy at Fort Pillow

Confederate massacre of black Union troops after the surrender at Fort Pillow, April 12, 1864.
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In part 157 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee, a massacre of Union soldiers that became a blot on the career of Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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Civil War Series
1:38 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Bread Riot

An illustration of the Richmond Bread Riot that appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper May 3, 1863.
Credit eyewitnesstohistory.com

In part 158 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the full-scale riot that erupted in Richmond, Virginia on the morning of April 2, 1863.

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