Civil War Series
1:48 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

General Meade

General George Meade in the field
Credit www.history.com

In part 89 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the career of General George C. Meade, the head of the Union Army of the Potomac. Robertson says he deserves more attention and more esteem than he has been given to date.

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Civil War Series
1:36 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Chief of Ordnance

Josiah Gorgas
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In part 90 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the Northern-born Confederate General Josiah Gorgas, who, as chief of ordnance, kept the Confederate armies supplied with weapons and munitions.

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Civil War Series
1:34 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Black Soldier

Lithograph of the storming of Ft. Wagner
Credit en.wikipedia.org

In part 91 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson argues that just as the black man played a central part in causing the war, so did he play a major role in determining its outcome. One of many major contributions the black soldier made occurred on July 18, 1863 at Fort Wagner.

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Civil War Series
1:32 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Confederate Memorial Day

A ladies memorial association
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In part 92 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that controversy exists over who initially celebrated a Confederate Memorial Day. Today, only eight Southern states recognize it.

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Civil War Series
1:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Conscription

Conscription cartoon
Credit www.dipity.com

In part 93 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that no single measure in the four year history of the Confederacy caused more dissension among Southern society than the failure known as conscription.

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Civil War Series
1:25 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Beast

Major-General Benjamin Butler

In part 94 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes how the first volunteer Major General in the Union Army, Benjamin Franklin Butler, earned the nickname, “Beast.”

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Civil War Series
1:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lynchburg, Virginia

Map of Lynchburg, Virginia
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In part 95 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the vital role that Lynchburg, Virginia played during the war.

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Virginia Conversations
12:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Remarkable Childhoods

Starchild Abraham Cherrix with his mother, Rose Cherrix.

On this edition of  “Virginia Conversations”  we track down two young people who found themselves in the national spotlight several years ago: Starchild Abraham Cherrix - the Virginia teen who went to court over his fight for alternative cancer treatment…And Callie Conley – one of the two babies accidentally switched at birth back in the 1990’s. 

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Soothing the Soul

One of every 88 children in this country has some degree of autism – up 78% over the last ten years.  It’s a puzzling psychological condition that makes it difficult to communicate, but it is possible to help these kids relate to the world around them.  One Staunton couple has made some surprising discoveries in that vein.

Barry Kolman conducts the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra – an exciting job that brings him great satisfaction.  He also teaches music at Washington and Lee University, but of all the musicians he’s encountered, one gives him the greatest joy.

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Civil War Series
4:26 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

First Rear Admiral

Admiral David Farragut

In part 96 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles David Glasgow Farragut, the first man to be named a Rear Admiral in the US Navy. In popular culture, he is best remembered for his “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” command at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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