The Civil War (1861-1865): A History Podcast

By Richard Youngdahl

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A history podcast in which Rich & Tracy weave together a chronological narrative of the Civil War era. Visit us at www.civilwarpodcast.org

Episode Date
#332- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Eighteenth)
30:52

In which the Federal Eleventh Corps line north of Gettysburg collapses when it is attacked by Ewell's Confederates.

Sep 21, 2020
#331- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Seventeenth)
27:29

In which OO Howard and the Eleventh Corps arrive at Gettysburg.

Sep 14, 2020
#330- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Sixteenth)
27:46

In which Robert E Lee arrives on the battlefield at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.

Sep 07, 2020
Special Announcement
03:40

In which we make a special announcement.

Jul 19, 2020
#329- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Fifteenth)
19:45

In which Rodes' assault on the Federal First Corps line continues, with Daniel's Brigade moving to the attack.

Jul 13, 2020
#328- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Fourteenth)
28:36

In which we look at the beginning of Rodes' attack from Oak Hill and the destruction of Iverson's Brigade.

Jul 06, 2020
#327- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Thirteenth)
22:08

In which we see more units from both armies arrive on the field- Howard's Eleventh Corps for the Federals and Rodes' Division of Ewell's Corps for the Confederates.

Jun 21, 2020
#326- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Twelfth)
29:46

In which we look at what Robert E Lee was up to on July 1, 1863.

Jun 08, 2020
#325- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Eleventh)
22:55

In which we look at George Meade's activities June 28-July 1.

Jun 01, 2020
#324- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Tenth)
39:30

In which we look at the fight at the railroad cut on the morning of July 1, 1863.

May 26, 2020
#323- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Ninth)
37:35

In which the entire right side of the Federal line, north of the Chambersburg Pike, collapses when attacked by Joe Davis's brigade of Confederates.

May 11, 2020
#322- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Eighth)
31:26

In which the hard-charging Iron Brigade drives Archer's Confederates out of the Herbst woodlot.

May 04, 2020
#321- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Seventh)
35:53

In which we see the first Federal infantry arrive on the battlefield, just in the nick of time.

Apr 26, 2020
#320- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Sixth)
20:29

In which we do some myth-busting, looking at stories about shoes, Spencers, and sharpshooters.

Apr 20, 2020
#319- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Fifth)
20:45

In which we examine John Reynolds' key role in bringing about a battle at Gettysburg.

Apr 13, 2020
#318- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Fourth)
20:04

In which we evaluate John Buford's performance in carrying out his covering force action on the morning of July 1, 1863 outside Gettysburg.

Apr 06, 2020
#317- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Third)
37:32

In which John Buford buys time for the Federal infantry to arrive on the scene.

Mar 30, 2020
#316- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the Second)
20:10

In which Harry Heth runs into real, live Yankee soldiers on the road to Gettysburg.

Mar 22, 2020
#315- BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (Part the First)
37:29

In which we find out it was the roads (of course) that brought the armies to Gettysburg. Plus, John Buford!

Mar 16, 2020
#314- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Eighteenth)
33:12

In which the armies move toward a collision.

Mar 09, 2020
#313- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Seventeenth)
37:15

In which turn our attention back to the Army of the Potomac and find that Hooker is out and Meade is in.

Mar 02, 2020
#312- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Sixteenth)
42:21

In which the Confederates push deeper into Pennsylvania as Ewell's Corps approaches the Susquehanna River on two fronts (at Wrightsville and by way of Carlisle).

Feb 24, 2020
#311- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Fifteenth)
27:39

In which Jubal Early visits Gettysburg on June 26, 1863.

Feb 03, 2020
#310- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Fourteenth)
36:53

In which the Confederates plunder their way up the Cumberland Valley after entering Pennsylvania.

Jan 27, 2020
#309- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Thirteenth)
22:11

In which we find Hooker marking time below the Potomac, Lee orders Ewell to move north into Pennsylvania, and we wonder Jeb Stuart was allowed to ride off, away from the Army of Northern Virginia.

Jan 20, 2020
#308- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Twelfth)
33:55

In which Hooker finally moves the Army of the Potomac... we look at several cavalry clashes in the Loudon Valley... and Tracy sees how many different ways she can pronounce "Susquehanna."

Jan 13, 2020
#307- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Eleventh)
19:46

In which we cover the action at Second Winchester (and Stephenson's Depot) on June 13-15, 1863.

Jan 06, 2020
#306- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Tenth)
22:53

In which we get Ewell into the Valley and set the stage for the Second Battle of Winchester.

Dec 30, 2019
#305- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Ninth)
30:05

In which we finish up our discussion of the Battle of Brandy Station, which took place on June 9, 1863.

Dec 23, 2019
#304- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Eighth)
27:20

In which we look at the start of the action at the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863.

Dec 09, 2019
#303- GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Seventh)
33:26

In which Joe Hooker decides to do something about the concentration of rebel cavalry under Jeb Stuart at Culpeper.

Dec 02, 2019
#302 GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Sixth)
24:46

In which the armies start to move. Well, one of the armies starts to move.

Nov 25, 2019
#301 GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Fifth)
22:51

In which we turn our attention to the Army of the Potomac and the troubles in its high command after the fiasco at Chancellorsville.

Nov 18, 2019
#300 GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Fourth)
30:04

In which we look at Robert E Lee's reorganization of the Army of Northern Virginia prior to the start of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Nov 11, 2019
#299 GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Third)
35:54

In which we look at Robert E Lee's reasons for launching an offensive strike north into Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. 

Nov 04, 2019
#298 GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN (Part the Second)
31:41

In which we look at the May 15, 1863 conference in Richmond attended by Jefferson Davis, James Seddon, and Robert E Lee.

Oct 28, 2019
#297 GETTYSBURG (Part the First)
26:28

In which we kick-off the Gettysburg story arc.

Oct 20, 2019
#296 VICKSBURG (Part the Twentieth)
35:58

In which Sherman scares off Johnston, Gardner surrenders Port Hudson to Banks, and we wrap-up the Vicksburg story arc.

Oct 06, 2019
#295 VICKSBURG (Part the Nineteenth)
31:56

In which we see John Pemberton surrender Vicksburg to Ulysses S Grant on July 4, 1863, ending the forty-seven day siege.

Sep 29, 2019
#294 VICKSBURG (Part the Eighteenth)
34:05

In which we look at Confederate efforts to aid Pemberton and the besieged Vicksburg garrison.

Sep 23, 2019
#293 VICKSBURG (Part the Seventeenth)
30:53

In which we look at Federal siege operations at Vicksburg, May-June 1863.

Sep 16, 2019
#292 VICKSBURG (Part the Sixteenth)
39:25

In which we look at Grant's failed attacks on Vicksburg on May 19 & 22, 1863.

Sep 08, 2019
#291- VICKSBURG (Part the Fifteenth)
28:07

In which we look at the decisive clash of the Vicksburg Campaign- the Battle of Champion Hill, which took place on May 16, 1863.

Aug 26, 2019
BONUS: Grierson Saves Sherman
07:08

In which we slip in a plug for joining the Strawfoot Brigade while sharing the story of how Benjamin Grierson saved William Tecumseh Sherman's life at Fort Sill in 1871. 

Aug 25, 2019
#290- VICKSBURG (Part the Fourteenth)
35:07

In which the Confederates lose the Battle of Raymond, lose the Mississippi state capital of Jackson, and Pemberton- against his own better judgement- moves out to confront Grant.

 

Aug 19, 2019
#289 VICKSBURG (Part the Thirteenth)
25:21

In which we see Grant's Army of the Tennessee set out on its epic march into the interior of Mississippi, in order to cut off Vicksburg from supplies & reinforcements.

* This episode of the podcast was sponsored by Simon & Schuster, publishers of "Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation" by Douglas Waller. Available wherever you get your books.

Aug 11, 2019
#288 VICKSBURG (Part the Twelfth)
36:19

In which we look at the Battle of Port Gibson, which took place on May 1, 1863, as Grant advanced inland after landing on the east side of the Mississippi River.

Aug 04, 2019
#287 VICKSBURG (Part the Eleventh)
45:12

In which we see the Federals marching down the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River... Porter's gunboats get battered at Grand Gulf... and by the end of the show, Grant's army is finally ready to cross over to the east bank below Vicksburg.

Jul 22, 2019
#286 VICKSBURG (Part the Tenth)
21:49

In which we turn our attention back to Ulysses S Grant, who makes the fateful decision to march his army down the west side of the Mississippi River and then cross to the east bank below the Confederate strongpoint of Vicksburg.

Jul 14, 2019
#285 VICKSBURG (Part the Ninth)
33:48

In which we look at Banks' successful Bayou Teche Campaign in central Louisiana in the spring of 1863.

Jul 07, 2019
#284 VICKSBURG (Part the Eighth)
27:23

In which we look at events downriver from Vicksburg, including the appointment of Major General Nathaniel Banks to command the Department of the Gulf and Rear Admiral David Farragut running the the Confederate batteries at Port Hudson.

Jun 30, 2019
#283 VICKSBURG (Part the Seventh)
38:27

In which we look at the fate of USS Indianola and talk about the failure of the Yazoo Pass and Steele's Bayou expeditions.

Jun 09, 2019
#282 VICKSBURG (Part the Sixth)
34:44

In which we look at the Federal attack on Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863.

Jun 02, 2019
#281 VICKSBURG (Part the Fifth)
38:01

In which we look at Sherman's failed assault at Chickasaw Bayou, north of Vicksburg, at the end of December 1862.

May 28, 2019
#280 VICKSBURG (Part the Fourth)
29:18

In which we start to look at Grant's first attempt to wrest Vicksburg from the Confederates. It didn't go well.

May 20, 2019
#279 VICKSBURG (Part the Third)
30:09

In which we continue to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

May 13, 2019
#278 VICKSBURG (Part the Second)
48:17

In which we continue to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

May 06, 2019
#277 VICKSBURG (Part the First)
24:01

In which start to look at the background to the Vicksburg Campaign.

Apr 29, 2019
#276 "MOUNTAINEERS ARE ALWAYS FREE": How West Virginia Became a State (Part the Second)
30:28

In which we wrap-up our look at how West Virginia, in the midst of the Civil War, became the thirty-fifth state of the Union.

Apr 15, 2019
#275 "MOUNTAINEERS ARE ALWAYS FREE": How West Virginia Became a State (Part the First)
22:49

In which we start to look at the story of how West Virginia became the thirty-fifth state of the Union.

Apr 08, 2019
#274 DEATH OF STONEWALL JACKSON
35:03

In which we look at the wounding and death of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863).

Apr 01, 2019
#273 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Sixteenth)
21:02

In which Hooker retreats, Lee stews, and we wrap-up our discussion of the Chancellorsville Campaign.

Mar 24, 2019
#272 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Fifteenth)
24:47

In which we see Robert E Lee fail in his attempt to "demolish" Sedgwick on May 4, 1863.

Mar 18, 2019
#271 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Fourteenth)
28:59

In which we look at the fighting at Salem Church on May 3, 1863.

Mar 11, 2019
#270 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Thirteenth)
26:27

In which our focus shifts to the fighting east of Chancellorsville, at Fredericksburg and Salem Church.

 

Mar 04, 2019
#269 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Twelfth)
27:28

In which the Confederate forces of Jeb Stuart & Robert E Lee capture the Chancellorsville intersection after furious fighting on the morning of May 3, 1863. 

Feb 18, 2019
#268 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Eleventh)
35:53

In which there is fierce fighting on May 3, 1863 as the Confederates fight to reunite their divided forces at Chancellorsville.

Feb 11, 2019
#267 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Tenth)
21:39

In which Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire on the evening of May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Feb 04, 2019
#266 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Ninth)
24:03

In which Stonewall Jackson's flank attack on the evening of May 2, 1863 stalls due to his command's increasing disorganization, the onset of night, and stiffening Federal resistance.

Jan 28, 2019
#265 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Eighth)
28:49

In which Stonewall Jackson's flank attack on the evening of May 2, 1863 shatters the Eleventh Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

Jan 21, 2019
#264 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Seventh)
22:50

In which Stonewall Jackson completes his famous flank march and prepares to launch his attack, which took place on the evening of May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

 

Jan 14, 2019
#263 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Sixth)
28:52

In which we get Stonewall Jackson started on his famous flank march, which took place during the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863.

Jan 07, 2019
#262 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Fifth)
13:31

In which we look at one of the most famous events during the Battle of Chancellorsville- the so-called "Cracker Box Meeting" between Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson the night of May 1/2, 1863.

Dec 30, 2018
#261 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Fourth)
29:12

In which Robert E. Lee moves to counter the threat from the Federal flanking force at Chancellorsville.

Dec 17, 2018
#260 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Third)
24:27

In which we see that while the Federal flanking force converges on Chancellorsville, the left wing of Hooker's army crosses the Rappahannock River just below Fredericksburg on April 29, 1863.

Dec 09, 2018
#259 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the Second)
22:25

In which we see the Army of the Potomac begin to move and open the spring campaign, which will lead to the Battle of Chancellorsville during the first week of May 1863.

Dec 03, 2018
#258 CHANCELLORSVILLE (Part the First)
25:13

In which we begin our coverage of the Battle of Chancellorsville, which took place in Virginia during the first week of May 1863.

Nov 19, 2018
#257 "MEANWHILE, DOWN IN CHARLESTON..." (Part the Second)
32:01

In which we finish up with our look at the Federal operations against Charleston, South Carolina during the summer of 1862 and spring of 1863.

Nov 12, 2018
#256 "MEANWHILE, DOWN IN CHARLESTON..." (Part the First)
19:56

In which we look at the Federal operations against Charleston, South Carolina during the summer of 1862 and spring of 1863.

Nov 05, 2018
#255 KELLY'S FORD
27:46

In which we look at the story behind the cavalry fight near Kelly's Ford on the Rappahannock River on March 17, 1863.

Oct 29, 2018
#254 "BRAVO FOR JOE HOOKER!"
28:33

In which we look at how the Army of the Potomac came to look at Fighting Joe Hooker as the best thing since sliced bread.

Oct 14, 2018
#253 "I WILL RISK THE DICTATORSHIP"
36:24

In which we look at how Fighting Joe Hooker came to be given command of the Army of the Potomac in January, 1863.

 

Oct 08, 2018
GALVESTON (Postscript)- "MY FATHER IS HERE"
05:37

In which we share a short postscript to our coverage of the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

Oct 06, 2018
#252 GALVESTON (Part the Second)
24:36

In which we look at the action during the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

Oct 01, 2018
#251 GALVESTON (Part the First)
24:01

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Galveston (Texas), which took place on January 1, 1863.

Sep 24, 2018
#250 Q & A
24:02

In which Rich & Tracy have some fun for the 250th episode of the show by answering your questions about the Civil War, waffles, and just whose idea it was to do this podcast.

Sep 16, 2018
#249 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1862 (Sept.-Dec.)
24:54

In which we wrap-up our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

Sep 08, 2018
#248 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1862 (July-August)
28:24

In which we continue with our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

Aug 26, 2018
#247 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1862 (May-June)
23:34

In which we continue with our look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

 

Aug 20, 2018
#246 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1862 (January-April)
27:01

In which we use a couple of episodes to take a look back at what happened during the second year of the Civil War.

Aug 12, 2018
#245 STONES RIVER (Part the Sixth)
25:30

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

 

Aug 05, 2018
#244 STONES RIVER (Part the Fifth)
29:20

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

Jul 29, 2018
#243 STONES RIVER (Part the Fourth)
26:17

In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

Jul 09, 2018
#242 STONES RIVER (Part the Third)
22:11

In which we look at the start of the Confederate attack on the morning of December 31, 1862 at the Battle of Stones River. 

Jul 02, 2018
#241 STONES RIVER (Part the Second)
25:19

In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

 

Jun 24, 2018
#240 STONES RIVER (Part the First)
24:05

In which we start to set the stage for the Battle of Stones River, which took place outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.

Jun 17, 2018
#239 THE MUD MARCH
23:23

In which we look at how Burnside's January offensive succumbed to the Virginia mud.

 

Jun 10, 2018
#238 "THE SADDEST HOUR"
24:13

In which we look at the political and military fallout after the Federal defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.

 

Jun 03, 2018
#237 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Tenth)
29:48

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Fredericksburg, which took place on December 13, 1862.

May 20, 2018
#236 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Ninth)
34:47

In which we look at the series of increasingly futile assaults the Federals launched against Marye's Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862.

May 13, 2018
#235 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Eighth)
30:58

In which we switch our focus to the action on the northern part of the battlefield on December 13, 1862, as the Federals begin to launch a series of bloody, futile assaults against Marye's Heights.

May 06, 2018
#234 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Seventh)
38:30

In which we look at the action on the southern portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield on December 13, 1862 as Meade's and Gibbon's divisions assaulted the Confederate line.

 

Apr 30, 2018
#233 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Sixth)
24:59

In which we say this is Episode #234, but it's really Episode #233.

Apr 23, 2018
#232 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Fifth)
29:43

In which we set the stage for Franklin's attack on the southern portion of the Confederate line on December 13, 1862.

Apr 15, 2018
#231 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Fourth)
35:37

In which the Federals make a successful river crossing under fire, finish their bridges, fight through the streets of Fredericksburg, and then proceed to thoroughly ransack the town.

 

Apr 08, 2018
#230 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Third)
44:54

In which, under the category "better late than never," we finally get this episode released. 

Apr 03, 2018
#229 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the Second)
20:08

In which Burnside's campaign starts to fall apart for lack of pontoons. Plus, Fighting Joe Hooker sends a friend request to Edwin Stanton.

Mar 26, 2018
#228 FREDERICKSBURG (Part the First)
26:30

In which we look at Abraham Lincoln's need for a military victory to sustain emancipation as a war aim, and how that led to Burnside's winter offensive and the Battle of Fredericksburg (Virginia).

Mar 19, 2018
#227 "POOR BURN FEELS DREADFULLY": BURNSIDE TAKES COMMAND
33:42

In which we look at Ambrose Burnside's decision to accept command of the Army of the Potomac in early November, 1862. Plus, bloopers!

Feb 26, 2018
#226 "AN AUGER TOO DULL TO TAKE HOLD": LITTLE MAC IS SACKED
36:22

In which we look at the story behind President Abraham Lincoln relieving Major General George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac in November, 1862.

Feb 18, 2018
#225 PRAIRIE GROVE (Part the Fourth)
38:46

In which we look at the action at the Battle of Prairie Grove (Arkansas), which took place on December 7, 1862.

Feb 11, 2018
#224 PRAIRIE GROVE (Part the Third)
30:10

In which we look at the maneuvering that brought the armies to Prairie Grove, including the epic march of the Missouri Divisions to the battlefield.

Feb 04, 2018
#223 PRAIRIE GROVE (Part the Second)
45:31

In which we continue to set the stage for Prairie Grove- by looking at the Battle of Cane Hill (Arkansas), which took place on November 28, 1862. 

Jan 29, 2018
#222 PRAIRIE GROVE (Part the First)
24:56

In which we begin to set the stage for the Battle of Prairie Grove, which took place in northwest Arkansas on December 7, 1862.

Jan 21, 2018
#221 DAVIS BRIDGE
33:26

In which we look at the action at the Battle of Davis Bridge (Tennessee), which took place on October 5, 1862 in the aftermath of the Confederate defeat at Corinth.

Jan 15, 2018
#220 CORINTH (Part the Third)
28:27

In which we look at the action at the Battle of Corinth (Mississippi), which took place on October 3 & 4, 1862.

Jan 08, 2018
#219 CORINTH (Part the Second)
15:07

In which one of us continues to set the stage for the Battle of Corinth (Mississippi), which took place on October 3 & 4, 1862.

 

Dec 18, 2017
#218 CORINTH (Part the First)
20:31

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Corinth (Mississippi), which took place on October 3 & 4, 1862.

 

Dec 11, 2017
#217 IUKA
45:44

In which we discuss the action at the Battle of Iuka (Mississippi), which took place on September 19, 1862.

 

Nov 27, 2017
#216 MEANWHILE, BACK IN MISSISSIPPI...
35:26

In which we set the stage for the battles of Iuka and Corinth, which took place back in northern Mississippi while Braxton Bragg was up in Kentucky.

 

Nov 19, 2017
#215 PERRYVILLE (Part the Fifth)
41:28

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Perryville (Kentucky), which took place on October 8, 1862.

 

Nov 13, 2017
#214 PERRYVILLE (Part the Fourth)
40:32

In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Perryville (Kentucky), which took place on October 8, 1862.

Nov 06, 2017
#213 PERRYVILLE (Part the Third)
28:56

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Perryville (Kentucky), which took place on October 8, 1862.

Oct 23, 2017
#212 PERRYVILLE (Part the Second)
28:39

In which the first shots of the Battle of Perryville (Kentucky) are fired early on the morning of October 8, 1862.

 

Oct 16, 2017
#211 PERRYVILLE (Part the First)
27:13

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Perryville, which took place in Kentucky on October 8, 1862.

 

Oct 08, 2017
#210 MOUNTAIN TREK FROM CUMBERLAND GAP
22:45

In which Rich & Tracy, with scratchy throats and failing voices, power through the episode to share the story of the epic march of the Federal garrison that evacuated Cumberland Gap during the 1862 Kentucky Campaign.

Oct 01, 2017
#209 MISSED OPPORTUNITY AT MUNFORDVILLE
36:37

In which we look at Braxton Bragg's capture of Munfordville, Kentucky on September 17, 1862.

 

Sep 24, 2017
#208 BATTLE OF RICHMOND (KENTUCKY)
29:54

In which we look at the fighting at the Battle of Richmond (Kentucky), which took place on August 30, 1862.

 

Sep 11, 2017
#207 "KENTUCKY'S SIREN SONG OF GLORY"
21:01

In which we continue our march toward Perryville.  In this episode we set the stage for the Battle of Richmond (Kentucky), which was one of the most lop-sided victories of the Civil War.

Sep 05, 2017
#206 BLUEGRASS STATE OR BUST!
24:49

In which we start to set the stage for the Battle of Perryville, which took place in Kentucky on October 8, 1862.

Aug 28, 2017
#205 "MEANWHILE, OUT WEST..."
23:06

In which we turn our attention back to the western theater of the war...

Aug 21, 2017
#204 EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION (Part the Fourth)
28:18

In which Rich flies solo (Tracy is visiting family), but manages to wrap-up our discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

Aug 14, 2017
#203 EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION (Part the Third)
23:01

In which we discuss Abraham Lincoln's release of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.

Aug 07, 2017
#202 EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION (Part the Second)
24:01

In which we continue setting the stage for Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Jul 31, 2017
#201 EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION (Part the First)
31:03

In which we begin to trace the evolution of the federal government's ideas & policies about slavery & emancipation during the Civil War.

 

Jul 24, 2017
#200 ANTIETAM (Epilogue) & EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION (Prologue)
26:24

In which we look at the aftermath of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, and we also set the stage for our discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Jul 16, 2017
#199 ANTIETAM (Part the Fourteenth)
39:33

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Antietam, which took place on September 17, 1862.

Jun 12, 2017
#198 ANTIETAM (Part the Thirteenth)
40:30

In which we look at the aftermath of the Federal assault on the Sunken Road, and also the Ninth Corps' capture of Burnside Bridge.

Jun 06, 2017
#197 ANTIETAM (Part the Twelfth)
28:01

In which we look at Round 2 of the fight for the Sunken Road, aka Bloody Lane, at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

May 29, 2017
#196 ANTIETAM (Part the Eleventh)
24:26

In which we look at Round 1 in the fight for the Sunken Road, aka Bloody Lane, at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

May 22, 2017
#195 ANTIETAM (Part the Tenth)
34:02

In which we look at the final major combat on the northern part of the battlefield, as Greene's Federals gain a foothold in the West Woods near the Dunker Church.  Next week, the action shifts to the Sunken Road.

May 15, 2017
#194 ANTIETAM (Part the Ninth)
38:27

In which we look at the ill-fated attack into the West Woods by John Sedgwick's division of Sumner's Second Corps at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

May 08, 2017
#193 ANTIETAM (Part the Eighth)
35:31

In which we look at the attack by Joseph Mansfield's Twelfth Corps against the north end of the Confederate line on the morning of Wednesday, September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam.

Apr 30, 2017
#192 ANTIETAM (Part the Seventh)
39:21

In which we continue our discussion of the attack by Hooker's First Corps at the Battle of Antietam on the morning of September 17, 1862.

Apr 24, 2017
#191 ANTIETAM (Part the Sixth)
37:49

In which we look at the start of the action at the Battle of Antietam on the morning of Wednesday, September 17, 1862.

Apr 17, 2017
#190 ANTIETAM (Part the Fifth)
28:06

In which we take a closer look at the action late on Tuesday, September 16, 1862- on the eve if the great battle.

Apr 10, 2017
#189 ANTIETAM (Part the Fourth)
34:56

In which we finish setting the stage for the Battle of Antietam, as we take the story right up to the eve of the battle.

Apr 03, 2017
#188 ANTIETAM (Part the Third)
28:02

In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Antietam, which took place on September 17, 1862.

Mar 27, 2017
#187 ANTIETAM (Part the Second)
33:50

In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Antietam, which took place on September 17, 1862.

Mar 20, 2017
#186 SOUTH MOUNTAIN (Part the Fourth) / ANTIETAM (Part the First)
40:28

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of South Mountain (which took place on September 14, 1862) and start to set the stage for the Battle of Antietam (which took place on September 17, 1862).  

 

Mar 13, 2017
#185 SOUTH MOUNTAIN (Part the Third)
37:12

In which we continue our look at the Battle of South Mountain, which took place on September 14, 1862.

Mar 06, 2017
#184 SOUTH MOUNTAIN (Part the Second)
31:43

In which we start to look at the fighting at the Battle of South Mountain, which took place on September 14, 1862 and was an important milepost on the two armies' road to Antietam.

Feb 27, 2017
#183 SOUTH MOUNTAIN (Part the First)
27:21

In which we discuss Napoleon's victory over the Austrians at Castiglione in 1796. Oh, and we also talk about some Civil War stuff.

Feb 20, 2017
#182 LEE'S SPECIAL ORDERS No. 191
31:56

In which we look at the movements of the Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia after it crossed over the Potomac River into Maryland. We also discuss the reaction of George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac to the Confederate invasion of Maryland. And we talk about Lee's Special Orders No. 191. 

Feb 13, 2017
#181 LEE STRIKES NORTH
37:16

In which we discuss Robert E. Lee's decision to strike north after Second Manassas, and the great events that awaited the outcome of his invasion of Maryland.

Feb 05, 2017
#180 "BOYS, McCLELLAN IS BACK IN COMMAND OF THE ARMY AGAIN!"
31:32

In which we look at what happened in the aftermath of the Second Battle of Manassas, including Lincoln's decision to ask George McClellan to take command of the merged Union armies in northern Virginia.

Jan 30, 2017
#179 SECOND MANASSAS (Part the Fourth)
27:36

In which we wrap up our discussion of the Second Battle of Manassas, which took place August 28-30, 1862.

Jan 23, 2017
#178 SECOND MANASSAS (Part the Third)
28:21

In which we look at some of the action on Saturday, August 30, 1862, the third day of the Second Battle of Manassas.

Jan 15, 2017
#177 SECOND MANASSAS (Part the Second)
26:25

In which we look at the action on the second day of the Second Battle of Manassas (August 29, 1862).

Jan 01, 2017
#176 SECOND MANASSAS (Part the First)
22:38

In which we look at the fight at the Brawner Farm, which took place on the evening of August 28, 1862.

Dec 27, 2016
#175 JACKSON ON THE LOOSE (Part the Second)
29:40

In which we look at Stonewall Jackson's capture of the huge Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction, and his subsequent march to the old battlefield of First Manassas nearby.

Dec 19, 2016
#174 JACKSON ON THE LOOSE (Part the First)
24:46

In which we continue our march toward Second Manassas, looking at Stonewall Jackson's movement around John Pope's right flank.

Dec 12, 2016
#173 STALEMATE ALONG THE RAPPAHANNOCK
37:09

In which we continue our march toward Second Manassas by looking at how Robert E. Lee forced John Pope to withdraw from his line along the Rapidan River, but then Lee's advance stalled in front of Pope's new position along the Rappahannock.

Dec 05, 2016
#172 CEDAR MOUNTAIN (Part the Second)
35:32

In which we look at the action at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, which took place on August 9, 1862.

Nov 14, 2016
#171 CEDAR MOUNTAIN (Part the First)
22:24

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Cedar Mountain, which took place on August 9, 1862 on the road to Second Manassas.

Nov 07, 2016
#170 "I HAVE COME TO YOU FROM THE WEST"
25:46

In which we look at the circumstances surrounding John Pope's appointment to command the Union's Army of Virginia in June of 1862.

Oct 31, 2016
#169 A NEW WAR
33:42

In which we discuss how the Seven Days' Battles and the failure of McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in the summer of 1862 was a turning point in the Civil War.

Oct 24, 2016
#168 "IT IS DETERMINED TO WITHDRAW YOUR ARMY FROM THE PENINSULA"
25:25

In which we look at the aftermath of the Seven Days' Battles, and the decision to withdraw the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula.

Oct 16, 2016
#167 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: MALVERN HILL (Part the Second)
40:40

In which we look at the action at the final battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: the Battle of Malvern Hill, which took place on July 1, 1862.

Oct 09, 2016
#166 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: MALVERN HILL (Part the First)
30:56

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Malvern Hill, which took place on July 1, 1862.

Oct 02, 2016
#165 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: GLENDALE (Part the Second)
46:35

In which we look at the action at the Battle of Glendale, which took place on Monday, June 30, 1862.

Sep 26, 2016
#164 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: GLENDALE (Part the First)
29:46

In which we set the stage for the next battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Glendale (June 30, 1862).

Sep 19, 2016
#163 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: SAVAGE'S STATION
50:24

In which we look at the next clash during the Seven Days' Campaign: Savage's Station (June 29, 1862).

Sep 06, 2016
#162 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: RETREAT TO THE JAMES
23:15

In which we look at the aftermath of the Battle of Gaines's Mill, which took place on June 27, 1862.

Aug 22, 2016
#161 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: GAINES'S MILL (Part the Third)
35:11

In which we conclude our discussion of the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

Aug 08, 2016
#160 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: GAINES'S MILL (Part the Second)
33:56

In which we continue our discussion of the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

Aug 01, 2016
#159 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: GAINES'S MILL (Part the First)
23:33

In which we discuss the third battle of the Seven Days' Campaign: Gaines's Mill (June 27, 1862).

Jul 25, 2016
#158 SEVEN DAYS' BATTLES: OAK GROVE AND MECHANICSVILLE
42:38

In which we discuss the first two battles of the Seven Days' Campaign, Oak Grove (June 25, 1862) and Mechanicsville (June 26). 

Jul 18, 2016
#157 LEE TAKES COMMAND
35:40

In which we set the stage for the Seven Days' Battles (June 25- July 1, 1862) by looking at Jefferson Davis's decision to put Robert E. Lee in command of the Confederate army defending Richmond.

Jul 10, 2016
#156 BACK TO THE PENINSULA...
34:08

In which we review the important events of the Peninsula Campaign, up to the Battle of Fair Oaks (May 31- June 1, 1862) and Robert E. Lee's appointment to command the Army of Northern Virginia. 

Jul 04, 2016
#155 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: CONCLUSION
28:14

In which we wrap-up our discussion of Stonewall Jackson's famous 1862 Valley Campaign.

Jun 12, 2016
#154 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: CROSS KEYS & PORT REPUBLIC (Part the Second)
45:53

In which we look at the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, which took place at the end of Jackson's Valley Campaign on June 8 & 9, 1862.

Jun 06, 2016
#153 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: CROSS KEYS & PORT REPUBLIC (Part the First)
32:31

In which we look at Carroll's raid on Port Republic, which took place on Sunday, June 8, 1862.

May 23, 2016
#152 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: "OUR GOD HAS BEEN MY GUIDE AND SAVED ME FROM THEIR GRASP"
22:51

In which we see Stonewall Jackson slip through the Federals' trap, and we begin to set the stage for the battles at Cross Keys & Port Republic.

May 09, 2016
#151 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED
32:20

In which we look at what happened after Stonewall Jackson's victory at the First Battle of Winchester in May, 1862 during the Valley Campaign.

May 02, 2016
#150 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: FRONT ROYAL & WINCHESTER (Part the Fourth)
27:01

In which we look at the First Battle of Winchester, which took place on May 25, 1862 during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

Apr 17, 2016
#149 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: A DAY OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
35:46

In which we look at the events of Saturday May 24, 1862- the day sandwiched in between the battles at Front Royal and Winchester during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

Apr 11, 2016
#148 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: FRONT ROYAL & WINCHESTER (Part the Second)
40:22

In which we look at the engagement at Front Royal, which took place during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign on May 23, 1862.

Apr 04, 2016
#147 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: FRONT ROYAL & WINCHESTER (Part the First)
25:37

In which we lay out the background to the battles of Front Royal and Winchester, which took place in May 1862 during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign.

Mar 28, 2016
#146 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: McDOWELL (Part the Second)
44:28

In which we look at the Battle of McDowell, which took place on May 8, 1862.

Mar 14, 2016
#145 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: McDOWELL (Part the First)
28:17

In which we lay out the background to the Battle of McDowell, which took place on May 8, 1862.

Mar 07, 2016
#144 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: RUDE'S HILL INTERLUDE
40:58

In which we discuss the activities of the Confederate and Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley after the Battle of Kernstown (March 23, 1862).

Feb 28, 2016
#143 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: KERNSTOWN (Part the Third)
55:16

In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Kernstown, which took place on March 23, 1862.

Feb 22, 2016
#142 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: KERNSTOWN (Part the Second)
38:44

In which we look at the start of the action at the First Battle of Kernstown, which took place on March 23, 1862.

Feb 15, 2016
#141 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: KERNSTOWN (Part the First)
34:34

In which we lay out the background to the First Battle of Kernstown, which took place in March 1862.

Feb 07, 2016
#140 STONEWALL IN THE VALLEY: THE ROMNEY EXPEDITION
42:03

In which we look at Stonewall Jackson's controversial winter-time expedition against Romney in January, 1862. 

Feb 01, 2016
#139 STONEWALL JACKSON (Part the Second)
34:06

In which we continue with Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's story, taking him from the start of the Civil War in April, 1861 to his assumption of command in the Shenandoah Valley in November, 1861.

Jan 18, 2016
#138 STONEWALL JACKSON (Part the First)
37:47

In which we start look at Confederate general Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's story.

Jan 11, 2016
#137 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN: Fair Oaks (Part the Second)
01:02:17

In which we wrap-up our discussion of the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond on May 31 & June 1, 1862.

Jan 04, 2016
#136 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN: Fair Oaks (Part the First)
39:06

In which we start to look at the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond on May 31 & June 1, 1862.

Dec 21, 2015
#135 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the Sixth)
20:02

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place outside Richmond over May 31-June 1, 1862.

Dec 14, 2015
#134 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the Fifth)
27:03

In which we look at the First Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 15, 1862 and also discuss the slow but steady march of the Army of the Potomac up the Peninsula as it closes in on Richmond.

Dec 07, 2015
#133 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the Fourth)
34:36

In which we look at the engagement at Williamsburg on May 5, 1862 and the heavy skirmish at Eltham's Landing on May 7.

Nov 19, 2015
#132 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the Third)
24:03

In which we continue our discussion of the Peninsula Campaign and see that George McClellan won Yorktown as he always hoped- without a battle.

Nov 09, 2015
#131 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the Second)
21:44

In which we hit the pause button on the action during the Peninsula Campaign and we talk about (1) McClellan's special bond with the men of the Army of the Potomac, (2) McClellan's suspicious arithmetic and the security of Washington, and (3) Lincoln's decision to withhold McDowell's corps from McClellan.

Nov 02, 2015
#130 PENINSULA CAMPAIGN (Part the First)
28:15

In which we see the Army of the Potomac disembark at Fort Monroe and start its march up the Peninsula in April, 1862.

Oct 26, 2015
#129 "DO YOU SMELL BACON?"
39:58

In which we finish setting the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

Oct 18, 2015
#128 "I SHALL GLADLY YIELD MY PLAN TO YOURS"
20:37

In which we continue to set the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

Oct 12, 2015
#127 "THE BOTTOM IS OUT OF THE TUB"
24:10

In which we continue to lay out the background to McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

Oct 05, 2015
#126 "MEANWHILE, BACK EAST..."
23:34

In which we start to set the stage for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign...

Sep 28, 2015
#125 SHILOH (Part the Fifteenth)
25:17

In which we conclude our discussion of the campaign and battle of Shiloh.

Sep 14, 2015
#124 SHILOH (Part the Fourteenth)
28:20

In which we look at the second day's fighting at the Battle of Shiloh. The battle took place over April 6-7, 1862.  This is the next-to-last episode in our Shiloh story arc (so we'll wrap things up next week!).

Sep 07, 2015
#123 SHILOH (Part the Thirteenth)
26:52

The "Lick 'Em Tomorrow Though" Episode

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place over April 6-7, 1862.

Aug 31, 2015
#122 SHILOH (Part the Twelfth)
22:40

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862. In this episode we look at the legend of the Hornets' Nest and then discuss the formation of Grant's last line of defense.

Aug 24, 2015
#121 SHILOH (Part the Eleventh)
25:39

In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862. In this episode we talk about the collapse of the Hornets' Nest.

Aug 16, 2015
#120 SHILOH (Part the Tenth)
25:16

In which we continue telling the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Aug 10, 2015
#119 SHILOH (Part the Ninth)
34:24

In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.  In this episode we discuss Sherman & McClernand's counterattack on the Union right, and we also look at the wayward march of Lew Wallace's Third Division.

Jul 19, 2015
#118 SHILOH (Part the Eighth)
34:55

In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Jul 06, 2015
#117 SHILOH- Death of Albert Sidney Johnston
21:15

In which we discuss the death of the Confederate army's commanding general, Albert Sidney Johnston, during the Battle of Shiloh.

Jun 22, 2015
#116 SHILOH (Part the Sixth)
27:38

In which we continue with our look at the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Jun 15, 2015
#115 SHILOH (Part the Fifth)
36:41

In which we continue to tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Jun 01, 2015
#114 SHILOH (Part the Fourth)
33:13

In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

May 17, 2015
#113 SHILOH (Part the Third)
33:53

In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

May 04, 2015
#112 SHILOH (Part the Second)
34:20

In which we continue to set the stage for the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Apr 06, 2015
#111 SHILOH (Part the First)
27:21

In which we start to set the stage for the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on April 6-7, 1862.

Mar 23, 2015
#110 THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION (Part the Second)
26:45

In which we conclude our discussion of the Burnside Expedition, looking at the battle at New Bern (March 13, 1862) and the fall of Fort Macon (April 25, 1862). 

Mar 09, 2015
#109 THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION (Part the First)
30:48

In which we look at the Burnside Expedition's capture of Roanoke Island, North Carolina on February 8, 1862.

Mar 01, 2015
#108 CLASH OF THE IRONCLADS (Part the Fourth)
34:08

In which we conclude our discussion of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

Feb 23, 2015
#107 CLASH OF THE IRONCLADS (Part the Third)
33:08

In which we continue to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

Feb 15, 2015
#106 CLASH OF THE IRONCLADS (Part the Second)
25:22

In which we continue to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

Feb 08, 2015
#105 CLASH OF THE IRONCLADS (Part the First)
27:01

In which we start to tell the story of the world's first battle between two ironclad warships, the USS Monitor & the CSS Virginia, which took place on March 9, 1862.

Feb 01, 2015
#104 PEA RIDGE (Part the Fourth)
22:12

In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

Jan 27, 2015
#103 PEA RIDGE (Part the Third)
37:04

In which we continue our look at the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

Jan 18, 2015
#102 PEA RIDGE (Part the Second)
24:36

In which we continue our discussion of the events preceding the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

Dec 22, 2014
#101 PEA RIDGE (Part the First)
30:09

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place in northwest Arkansas on March 7-8, 1862.

Dec 15, 2014
Special Announcement
03:59

In which we make a special announcement and share some news about the podcast.

Dec 10, 2014
#100 MUSIC SPECIAL: Songs of the Civil War
01:32:09

In which we celebrate our one hundreth episode with a music special featuring over twenty songs that were popular during the Civil War.

Dec 07, 2014
#99 SIBLEY'S NEW MEXICO CAMPAIGN (Part the Fourth)
28:32

In which we wrap-up our discussion of Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by looking at the Battle of Glorieta Pass (March 28, 1862).

Nov 30, 2014
Bonus Episode: THANKSGIVING DAY'S CIVIL WAR ORIGINS
12:16

In which we talk about the Civil War origins of Thanksgiving Day, and share a few things for which we're thankful.

Nov 27, 2014
#98 SIBLEY'S NEW MEXICO CAMPAIGN (Part the Third)
31:26

In which we continue our discussion of Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by looking at the Confederates' capture of Albuquerque & Santa Fe, the epic march of the First Colorado to Fort Union, and the engagement at Apache Pass (March 26, 1862).

Nov 24, 2014
#97 SIBLEY'S NEW MEXICO CAMPAIGN (Part the Second)
48:00

In which we continue our look at Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by discussing the Battle of Valverde (February 21, 1862).

Nov 16, 2014
#96 SIBLEY'S NEW MEXICO CAMPAIGN (Part the First)
32:33

In which we set the stage for Sibley's New Mexico Campaign by discussing Texas's secession from the Union in February, 1861 and looking at "Baylor's Buffalo Hunt" (May-July, 1861). 

Nov 11, 2014
#95 POSTSCRIPT: FORREST'S BREAKOUT
28:28

In which we talk a bit about Nathan Bedford Forrest's background and then take a closer look at his escape from Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862.

Nov 02, 2014
#94 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the Sixth)
46:48

In which we conclude our discussion of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

Oct 27, 2014
#93 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the Fifth)
27:51

In which we continue our discussion of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

Oct 20, 2014
#92 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the Fourth)
30:56

In which we look at the opening stages of the Battle of Fort Donelson (February 13-16, 1862).

Oct 12, 2014
#91 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the Third)
22:46

In which we look at the Federal timberclads' dramatic raid up the Tennessee River, and Albert Sidney Johnston's controversial decision to reinforce- but not to fully commit to the defense of- Fort Donelson.

Oct 05, 2014
#90 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the Second)
37:18

In which we discuss the Battle of Fort Henry, which took place on February 6, 1862.

Sep 29, 2014
#89 FORTS HENRY & DONELSON (Part the First)
24:42

In which we give the background to Ulysses S. Grant's February, 1862 campaign to capture Forts Henry & Donelson in northern Tennessee.

Sep 22, 2014
#88 MILL SPRINGS (Part the Second)
38:56

In which we look at the Battle of Mill Springs, which took place in south-central Kentucky on January 19, 1862.

Sep 15, 2014
#87 MILL SPRINGS (Part the First)
28:55

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Mill Springs, which took place in Kentucky on January 19, 1862.

Sep 08, 2014
#86 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1861 (July-December)
54:33

In which we use a couple of episodes to take a look back at what happened during the first year of the Civil War.

Sep 01, 2014
#85 YEAR IN REVIEW- 1861 (January-June)
58:49

In which we use a couple of episodes to take a look back at what happened during the first year of the Civil War.

Aug 24, 2014
#84 BLUE & GRAY FOREIGN RELATIONS (Part the Second): THE TRENT AFFAIR
34:04

In which we continue our discussion of Union and Confederate diplomacy during the Civil War by looking at the Trent Affair, which took the U.S. and Britain to the brink of war.

Aug 17, 2014
#83 BLUE & GRAY FOREIGN RELATIONS (Part the First): "KING COTTON DIPLOMACY"
29:53

In which we discuss Union and Confederate foreign relations early in the Civil War, especially the South's use of "King Cotton Diplomacy."

Aug 03, 2014
Bonus Episode: ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON
12:34

In which we give you a short episode about the life of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862).

Jul 26, 2014
Bonus Episode: TIMBERCLADS & IRONCLADS
10:59

In which we give you a short episode about the timberclads & city-class ironclads of the Union's "brown water navy."

Jul 22, 2014
#82 BELMONT
42:35

In which we discuss (among other things) the Battle of Belmont, which took place on November 7, 1861.

Jul 14, 2014
#81 MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME
19:33

In which we set the stage for the Battle of Belmont (Nov. 7, 1861) by discussing Kentucky's neutrality early in the Civil War, and how the Confederate move to seize Columbus, KY pushed the Bluegrass State off the fence and into the Union camp.

Jul 06, 2014
#80 ULYSSES S GRANT (Part the Second)
42:21

In which we continue with our look at Ulysses S. Grant's life story, bringing him up to speed with the podcast timeline.

Jun 30, 2014
#79 ULYSSES S GRANT (Part the First)
32:55

In which we set out to tell Ulysses S. Grant's life story and bring it up to speed with the point where we find ourselves on the podcast timeline- November, 1861.

Jun 21, 2014
#78 REHEARSAL FOR RECONSTRUCTION (Part the Second)
29:21

In which we discuss the Port Royal Experiment on the South Carolina Sea Islands, which many people considered a dress rehearsal for the South's postwar reconstruction.

Jun 08, 2014
#77 REHEARSAL FOR RECONSTRUCTION (Part the First)
22:28

In which we set the stage for a discussion of the Port Royal Experiment, which took place on South Carolina's Sea Islands and which many people view as a "rehearsal for reconstruction."

Jun 01, 2014
#76 PORT ROYAL SOUND
37:41

In which we look at the Battle of Port Royal Sound, South Carolina (November 7, 1861).

May 25, 2014
#75 THE ORDEAL OF GENERAL STONE (Part the Second)
23:37

In which we continue our discussion of the ordeal of Brigadier General Charles P. Stone.

May 19, 2014
#74 THE ORDEAL OF GENERAL STONE (Part the First)
14:11

In which we discuss the persecution of Brigadier General Charles Stone by the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

May 12, 2014
#73 BALL'S BLUFF
38:53

In which we look at the Battle of Ball's Bluff (October 21, 1861).

May 04, 2014
#72 McCLELLAN TAKES CHARGE
30:31

In which we discuss George B. McClellan's arrival in Washington in July of 1861, and his taking command of the defeated & demoralized force that would become the Union's famed Army of the Potomac.

Apr 27, 2014
#71 CHEAT MOUNTAIN
37:40

In which we look at Robert E. Lee's Cheat Mountain campaign in western Virginia in September, 1861.

Apr 21, 2014
#70 THE BLOCKADE (AGAIN) / HATTERAS ISLAND
35:13

In which we discuss the Blockade Board, Confederate privateers, and the capture of Hatteras Island by a Federal joint army-navy task force in August, 1861.

Apr 14, 2014
#69 FREMONT'S FOLLIES
32:46

In which we look at John C. Fremont's tenure as commander of the Federal's Western Department in 1861 and see how troubled Missouri proved to be his downfall.

Apr 06, 2014
#68 "BATTLE OF THE HEMP BALES"
32:19

In which we discuss the successful siege of Lexington by Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard in September, 1861.

Mar 30, 2014
#67 WILSON'S CREEK (Part the Second)
31:41

In which we cover the action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861).

Mar 23, 2014
#66 WILSON'S CREEK (Part the First)
32:56

In which we discuss the activities and maneuvering of both sides prior to the Battle of Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861) in southwest Missouri.

Mar 09, 2014
#65 MAYHEM IN MISSOURI (Part the Second)
24:26

In which we continue our look at the mayhem that broke out in Missouri at the start of the Civil War.  In this episode we cover the 'Battle of Carthage,' and set the stage for the Battle of Wilson's Creek.

Mar 03, 2014
#64 MAYHEM IN MISSOURI (Part the First)
34:55

In which we look at the mayhem that broke out in Missouri at the start of the Civil War.

Feb 24, 2014
#63 EX PARTE MERRYMAN
39:17

In which we discuss Chief Justice Roger Taney's dramatic challenge to Abraham Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Feb 16, 2014
#62 CIVIL WAR MEDICINE (Part the Second)
33:05

In which we continue our discussion of medical issues affecting Civil War soldiers.  In this episode we look at what happened to a soldier after he was wounded on the battlefield.

Feb 09, 2014
#61 CIVIL WAR MEDICINE (Part the First)
40:18

In which we look at medical aspects of the Civil War.  In this episode we focus on diseases, which killed many many more Civil War soldiers than did wounds.

Feb 02, 2014
#60 CONFEDERATE FLAGS
18:01

In which we take a quick look at the story behind the Confederacy's famous battle flag, and also the history behind each of the Confederate States of America's three national flags.

Jan 25, 2014
#59 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Eighth)
49:26

In which we conclude our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the Federal army's retreat and the failure of the Confederates to pursue, and then we offer some final thoughts on the war's first major battle.

Jan 19, 2014
#58 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Seventh)
33:01

In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the fight for Henry Hill, and then we move over to the action at Chinn Ridge.

Jan 13, 2014
#57 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Sixth)
36:53

In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at the start of the pivotal fight for Henry Hill. Plus, we see how Stonewall Jackson got his famous nickname.

Jan 05, 2014
#56 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Fifth)
27:08

In which we continue with our discussion of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861), looking at how McDowell failed to maintain the initiative after he seized Matthews Hill, and as a result the Confederates had time to forge a defensive line on Henry Hill.

Dec 30, 2013
#55 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Fourth)
48:40

In which we cover the start of the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861)- including the Federals' flanking march to Sudley Ford and the fight for Matthews Hill.

Dec 22, 2013
#54 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Third)
35:57

In which we cover the affair at Blackburn's Ford on July 18, 1861. Plus, we look at McDowell's decision to change his plan and attempt to turn the Confederate left flank. 

Dec 15, 2013
#53 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the Second)
29:43

In which we look at the start of the campaign that culminates with the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.

Dec 09, 2013
#52 FIRST MANASSAS (Part the First)
36:16

In which we set the stage for the beginning of the campaign that culminates with the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.

Dec 01, 2013
#51 GONE FOR A SOLDIER
42:55

In which we look at why Northern & Southern men signed up to fight at the beginning of the Civil War.

Nov 24, 2013
Bonus Episode: HORSES & MULES
25:49

In which we look at the importance of horses & mules to Civil War armies. Plus, we talk about Robert E Lee's horse- Traveller.

Nov 19, 2013
#50 CONTRABANDS / BIG BETHEL
40:27

In which we discuss the decision to declare runaway slaves "contraband of war," and then we look at the Battle of Big Bethel which took place on June 10, 1861.

Nov 18, 2013
#49 ARTILLERY
31:56

In which we cover the third Civil War combat arm: the artillery.

Nov 11, 2013
Gettysburg Address Book Recommendations
06:52

In which we give some book and other recommendations for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln giving Gettysburg Address.

Nov 07, 2013
#48 CAVALRY
35:35

In which we look at another one of the three Civil War combat arms: the cavalry.

Nov 04, 2013
#47 INFANTRY (Part the Third)
31:25

In which we conclude our discussion of Civil War infantry.

Oct 27, 2013
#46 INFANTRY (Part the Second)
33:38

In which we discuss the principal shoulder arm used by Union & Confederate infantrymen during the Civil War: the rifle-musket.

Oct 21, 2013
#45 INFANTRY (Part the First)
32:58

In which we use several episodes to talk about the three combat arms of the Civil War- the infantry, cavalry, & artillery.

Oct 13, 2013
#44 RICH MOUNTAIN
30:35

In which we start off with a short bio of George McClellan, and then get to the continuation of the action in northwest Virginia with the Battle of Rich Mountain (July 11, 1861).

Oct 09, 2013
#43 FAIRFAX COURT HOUSE / THE PHILIPPI RACES
41:02

In which we look at the clash between Union & Confederate forces at Fairfax Court House in northeast Virginia on June 1, 1861... and the Union surprise attack at Philippi in northwest Virginia on June 3. 

Sep 30, 2013
#42 THE FATE OF ARLINGTON
12:22

In which we look at the fate that befell Arlington, the mansion and estate that was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family before the start of the Civil War.

Sep 22, 2013
#41 THE PURSUIT OF VICTORY
37:40

In which we discuss the Confederate and Union war aims & strategy at the beginning of the Civil War. Plus, we look at the Union's move in May 1861 to seize Alexandria, Virginia- just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Sep 15, 2013
#40 ROBERT E LEE
46:01

In which we use this episode to give a short biography of Robert E Lee's life, up to April 1861 when he resigned his commision in the U.S. Army and took command of Virginia's military forces.

Sep 09, 2013
#39 THE BLOCKADE
37:27

In which we discuss the April 19, 1861 proclamation by which Abraham Lincoln declared a blockade of the Confederacy. And we also look at the Confederate seizure of the important Gosport navy yard a few days later.

Sep 02, 2013
#38 SIEGE OF WASHINGTON (Part the Second)
32:21

In which we wrap up our discussion of the dark days in April 1861 when Washington, DC was cut off from the North and in danger from Confederate invasion. 

Aug 26, 2013
#37 SIEGE OF WASHINGTON (Part the First)
26:01

In which we relate the events in the dark days of April 1861, when Washington DC was cut off from the loyal states of the North.

Aug 18, 2013
#36 SECESSION! PART DEUX
31:02

In which we talk about Abraham Lincoln's April 15th call for 75,000 militia to suppress the rebellion, and the subsequent secession of Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, & North Carolina.

Aug 12, 2013
#35 FORT SUMTER (Part the Fifth)
36:31

In which we discuss the bombardment of Sumter by the Confederate artillery batteries, and then the fort's evacuation by Major Robert Anderson & his men on April 14, 1861. Before the conclusion of the episode, we also tackle the questions: "What caused secession?" and "What caused the war?"

Aug 04, 2013
#34 FORT SUMTER (Part the Fourth): "AND THE WAR CAME"
26:38

In which we discuss Lincoln's relief expedition to Fort Sumter, the Confederate government's decision to reduce the fort, and the opening shot of the bombardment on April 12, 1861. 

Jul 28, 2013
#33 FORT SUMTER (Part the Third)
37:24

In which we continue our discussion of the escalating crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter.

Jul 21, 2013
#32 LINCOLN'S INAUGURATION
34:00

In which we look at Abraham Lincoln's inaugural journey from Illinois to Washington, D.C. and then his inauguration as the sixteenth President of the United States on March 4, 1861. 

Jul 15, 2013
#31 FORT SUMTER (Part the Second)
33:42

In which we continue our discussion of the events surrounding the growing crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.

Jul 07, 2013
#30 FORT SUMTER (Part the First)
34:43

In which we discuss the dramatic events surrounding the growing crisis over the possession of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.

Jul 01, 2013
#29 LINCOLN BUILDS A CABINET
26:04

In which we look at how Abraham Lincoln used the time between his election victory and his inauguration as president to build his celebrated "team of rivals."

Jun 17, 2013
#28 ESCALATING CRISIS
32:18

In which we head back north of the Mason-Dixon Line to see what was going on with Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois and with the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C. during the steady escalation of the secession crisis.

Jun 09, 2013
#27 JEFFERSON DAVIS (Part the Second)
32:45

In which we continue the biographical sketch of Jefferson Davis's life in order to bring him up to speed with where we are on the podcast timeline, the year 1861. We end this episode by taking a look at the formation of the Confederate cabinet.

Jun 03, 2013
#26 JEFFERSON DAVIS (Part the First)
38:18

In which we use a special two-part biography of Jefferson Davis to bring his life up to speed with where we currently are on the podcast timeline, the year 1861.

May 28, 2013
Bonus Episode: NORTH & SOUTH ON EVE OF WAR
26:54

In which we take a look at some of the major differences between North & South on the eve of the Civil War.

May 20, 2013
#25 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
27:03

In which we discuss the birth of the Confederate States of America at Montgomery, Alabama in February 1861.

May 19, 2013
#24 "REBELLION THUS SUGAR-COATED"
32:54

In which we continue our discussion by asking if the southern states had a right to secede, or if secession was rebellion. Then, we look at the message the secession commissioners spread throughout the South in late 1860/early 1861. Our book recommendation for this episode is "Apostles of Disunion" by Charles B. Dew.

May 11, 2013
#23 SECESSION FEVER
25:03

In which we look at how seven southern states withdrew from the Union between Abraham Lincoln's election and his inauguration.  We answer the question: What was behind the secession of these states?

May 06, 2013
#22 ELECTION OF 1860
33:08

In which we discuss the reasons behind the collapse of the Democratic Party, the resulting four-way contest for the presidency, and Abraham Lincoln's victory on Election Day, November 6, 1860.

Apr 28, 2013
#21 LINCOLN AT COOPER UNION
28:57

In which we take a look at the important February 1860 speech in New York City that helped catapult Abraham Lincoln to the White House.

Apr 15, 2013
#20 JOHN BROWN
50:46

In which we look at John Brown's assault on Harper's Ferry in October 1859.

Apr 10, 2013
#19 LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES (Part the Second)
33:40

In which we continue our coverage of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 1858.

Apr 01, 2013
#18 LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES (Part the First)
31:52

In which we give the background to the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, and then we start in on the debates themselves.

Mar 26, 2013
#17 ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Part the Second)
41:31

In which we continue the biographical sketch of Abraham Lincoln's life in order to bring him up to speed with where we are on the podcast timeline, the year 1858.  In this episode we break the discussion up into three sections: Lincoln the Lawyer, Lincoln Gets Married, and Lincoln the Politician.

Mar 17, 2013
#16 ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Part the First)
33:08

In which we use a special two-part biography of Abraham Lincoln to bring his life up to speed with where we currently are on the podcast timeline, the year 1858.

Mar 04, 2013
#15 DRED SCOTT
27:26

In which we take a look at the Dred Scott case and the fiasco over the Lecompton Constitution, and show how the snowballing negative consequences from those events finally caused the Democratic Party to, once & for all, split along sectional lines. A unified Republican Party will take advantage of that split & win the presidency in 1860.

Feb 24, 2013
#14 ELECTION OF 1856
21:36

In which we discuss the three-way presidential contest of 1856 and its importance to the rise of the Republican Party. Plus, we see Abraham Lincoln start to position himself to be a leading national figure in the party.

Feb 18, 2013
#13 CANING OF SUMNER
25:51

In which we look at the brutal caning of Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts by Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina in May, 1856.

Feb 13, 2013
#12 BLEEDING KANSAS
23:28

In which we talk about Stephen Douglas's sponsorship of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the ensuing violence in "Bleeding Kansas," & the rise of the Republican Party as a direct result of Northern outrage over the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Feb 04, 2013
#11 FUGITIVE SLAVE LAW & UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
20:18

In which we discuss the Northern reaction to the new Fugitive Slave Law that was part of the Compromise of 1850.  Plus, we look at the significant impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Jan 28, 2013
#10 ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENT
23:35

In which we take a fast pass through the abolitionist movement in the U.S., and show how it made a significant contribution to the sectional unraveling that led to the Civil War. 

Jan 21, 2013
#09 PRO-SLAVERY ARGUMENTS
17:27

In which we take a look at some pro-slavery arguments to see why Seward's "Higher Law" speech in March 1850 made Southerners so very very angry.

Jan 14, 2013
#08 ELECTION OF 1848 & COMPROMISE OF 1850
28:22

In which we look at the Presidential Election of 1848, the crisis over the admission of California as a free state, & how Henry Clay laid the groundwork for Stephen Douglas to sweep in and save the day with the Compromise of 1850.

Jan 07, 2013
#07 MEXICAN WAR (Part the Third)
28:02

In which we follow along as Winfield Scott marches on Mexico City & captures it in September 1847.  We continue spotlighting some of the American officers, almost all West Point graduates, who fight in Mexico and then go on to some measure of fame in the Civil War.

 

Jan 01, 2013
#06 MEXICAN WAR (Part the Second)
33:28

In which we continue our discussion of America's war with Mexico. We talk about the military action in California & New Mexico, then cover a battle in Congress over something called the Wilmot Proviso. Finally, we move back down to the Rio Grande, where Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey and then wins the hard-fought Battle of Buena Vista in February 1847.

Dec 24, 2012
#05 MEXICAN WAR (Part the First)
20:15

In which we look at how tensions rose along the U.S.'s southern border, and then discuss how hostilities with Mexico commenced in April 1846.

Dec 17, 2012
#04 NULLIFICATION CRISIS
19:54

In which we discuss the Tariff of Abominations, the Nullification Crisis of 1832/33, and we wonder who had the pre-Civil War era's most impressive head of hair: John C Calhoun or Andrew Jackson. Plus, Manifest Destiny beckons & we set the stage for the war with Mexico in 1846. 

Dec 09, 2012
#03 MISSOURI COMPROMISE
14:41

In which we take a look at the crisis surrounding Missouri's admission into the Union as a slave state, and Henry Clay's pivotal role in brokering the ensuing compromise in 1820. 

Dec 03, 2012
#02 SLAVERY & POLITICS
24:37

In which we take a look back at American history to see how slavery, even from the colonial period, played a major role in shaping & defining the country's political landscape. 

Nov 26, 2012
#01 INTRODUCTION
15:48

In which we give an introduction to the podcast, share a bit about ourselves, & discuss why we think the Civil War is still deserving of attention & study today. 

Nov 18, 2012