Civil War Series
3:39 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Moving the Confederate Capital

Confederate politicians
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In part 54 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us why the Confederate Capitol had to be moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia.

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Virginia Conversations
3:38 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Doug Wilder

On this episode of Virginia Conversations, host May-Lily Lee talks with Doug Wilder, one of Virginia’s most-influential and groundbreaking African-Americans.   The first black Governor of  Virginia– and first black governor of any state since Reconstruction– Wilder discusses the political road that led him to the state’s top job.

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Civil War Series
3:37 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

John Brown

Abolitionist John Brown
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In part 55 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life of staunch abolitionist John Brown and describes his botched raid of the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.

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Civil War Series
3:35 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Sayler's Creek

Illustration of Saylor's Creek
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In part 56 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us why no state park in Virginia that focuses on the conflict has more human fascination and historical significance than Sayler’s Creek. 

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Civil War Series
3:34 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

General Early

Jubal Early
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In part 57 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early. Thought hated in some quarters, the eccentric lawyer had a deep loyalty to the South.

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Civil War Series
3:32 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Odds and Ends

Civil War Memorabilia
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In part 58 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes some of what he refers to as the engaging oddities and events of the Civil War.

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Civil War Series
3:31 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Shortage of Lead

Civil War bullets
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In part 59 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the shortage of lead that plagued the Southern Confederacy during the entire conflict. Most of the commodity they used came from lead mines in Wytheville and Austinville.

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Virginia Conversations
3:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

School Security

On this edition of “Virginia Conversations,” the topic is school security. It’s being discussed from PTA meetings, to the General Assembly, and around kitchen tables everywhere.

Host May-Lily Lee talks with guests from two organizations representing school principals and superintendents, a Police Chief, and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on School Safety.

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Civil War Series
3:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Theodore O'Hara

Theodore O'Hara
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In part 60 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life of Theodore O’Hara, author of one of the most-quoted poems of the Civil War: The Bivouac of the Dead.

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Civil War Series
3:19 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Winchester

Map of Winchester
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In part 61 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the strategic importance of the town of Winchester. Here, five major battles and a dozen skirmishes took place during the conflict. 

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