Civil War Series
2:01 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Army Chaplains

Illustration of a chaplain at work on the battlefield
Credit notredamecivilwar.blogspot.com

In part 147 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson examines the most often overlooked soldier in the army.

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Civil War Series
2:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Careless with Matches

Union Major-General Sherman

In part 148 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the stern and fiery William Tecumseh Sherman.

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Civil War Series
1:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mosquitoes, Fleas and Lice

Bugs - the bane of the soldier's existence
Credit entomology.montana.edu

In part 149 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson shares stories told by soldiers about their constant battle with insects.

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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
Credit http://garyhistart.blogspot.com

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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