The Civil War Episodes

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The Civil War episodes

Northerners' Ideas for Fighting the Merrimac

David Gerleman of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project discusses Union ideas for countering the Confederate ironclad vessel the Merrimac. Taped at the 2012 Mariners' Museum Civil War Navy Conference in Newport News, Va. read more

Ironclad USS Monitor

MIT professor David Mindell talks about the technology behind the ironclad USS Monitor, and the experience of its crew. Taped at the 2012 Mariners' Museum Civil War Navy Conference in Newport News, Va. read more

Politics of the Confederacy

Historian Stephanie McCurry discusses her book, "Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South." read more

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh

A Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission symposium marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862), a Union victory and one of the Civil War's bloodiest encounters. read more

Shiloh Battlefield Tour

A tour of Tennessee's Shiloh National Military Park, site of a Union troops victory over Confederates defending the Mississippi Valley region on April 7, 1862. read more

Battle of Pea Ridge

University of Arkansas at Monticello history professor William Shea on the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas in March 1862, the largest engagement of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River. Taped at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton, Ark. read more

African-American Troops

Historian William Dobak on his book "Freedom By the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867," which examines how African-American troops aided Union intelligence during the Civil War and immediately afterward. read more

Battle of Fort Donelson

Historian Kendall Gott on the February 1862 Battle of Fort Donelson. The first major Union victory, it earned Brig. Gen. U.S. Grant the moniker "Unconditional Surrender." Taped Feb. 11, 2012, at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tenn. read more

Person of the Year 1862

A Museum of the Confederacy symposium in which five historians nominate candidates for Person of the Year 1862. The winner is chosen by an audience vote. Telecast from the Library of Virginia in Richmond. read more

Abraham Lincoln & the Press

Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, on freedom of the press (and restrictions on it) during the Civil War. Taped Nov. 30, 2011, at the New York City Bar Association and hosted by the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York and New York State Archives Partnership Trust. read more

Life of Historian James McPherson

Friends, colleagues and former students of James McPherson review the Civil War historian's career, as does McPherson, a professor emeritus at Princeton. Taped Jan. 8, 2012, at the American Historical Association's annual meeting in Chicago. read more

Race and the Civil War

A forum exploring how the Civil War and its immediate aftermath have affected U.S. race relations ever since. Taped Dec. 12, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Panelists include Yale historian David Blight; University of Richmond president Edward Ayers; Frank Smith, founding director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum; and Eleanor Holmes Norton, the D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. read more

Portraying Historical Figures

Actor Stephen Lang portrays Battle of Gettysburg veteran James Jackson Purman. Lang also discusses his experience playing various historical military figures in movies, TV and in his 2004 one-man play "Beyond Glory." read more

The Baltimore Plot

Thomas Craughwell and Michael Kline on Kline's 2008 book "The Baltimore Plot," about an alleged conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln in February, 1861, as he made his way by train to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. Taped Nov. 17, 2011, at the 16th annual Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, Pa. read more

Why Didn't the War End in 1861

Scholars debate why the Civil War didn't end in 1861, the year it began. Participants include William Davis (Virginia Tech), Craig Symonds (U.S. Naval Academy) and Adam Goodheart, author of "1861: The Civil War Awakening." Harold Holzer is the moderator. A Lincoln Forum symposium, taped Nov. 18, 2011, in Gettysburg, Pa. read more

Southern Women's Views on Abraham Lincoln

Birmingham-Southern University history professor Victoria Ott discusses views of upper-class young Southern women toward President Lincoln and the North. Taped Nov. 17, 2011, at a Lincoln Forum Symposium at Gettysburg (Pa.) College. Ott is the author of "Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age During the Civil War." read more

Robert Lincoln

Jason Emerson on the life and career of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's eldest son, Robert. Taped November 2011 at a Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, Pa. Emerson is the author of "Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln." read more

Abraham Lincoln & the Todd Family

University of Georgia history professor Stephen Berry discusses the relationships of President Abraham Lincoln and the Todd Family— the brothers and sisters of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. read more

Life in the Lincoln White House

Historian William Seale discusses life in the Lincoln White House. Taped Nov. 17, 2011, at a Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, Pa. read more

Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

Virginia Tech Civil-war historian William C. Davis on the roles Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee played during the Civil War. read more

Citizenship During the War

Christian Samito, author of "Becoming American Under Fire," on the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era. Samito, a lawyer, teaches at Boston College and Boston University. read more

Great Britain's Role in the War

Historian Amanda Foreman ("A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War"). read more

Remembering the War

From 2000: Author Jeff Shaara talks about his father Michael Shaara's 1974 historical novel "Killer Angels," which was written from the perspectives of four generals involved in the Battle of Gettysburg. Jeff Shaara, who wrote a prequel and sequel to"Killer Angels," also discusses the process of researching and writing historical novels. read more

Old State House Museum

A Civil War symposium at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Ark., featuring University of Central Arkansas professors. read more

Battle of Ball's Bluff

University of Southern Mississippi historian Susannah Ural discusses the legacy of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, near Leesburg, Va., on Oct. 21, 1861, a Union defeat that led to the formation of a congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Taped July 28, 2011, at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute's summer conference. read more

Army Doctrine

U.S. Naval Academy military historian Wayne Hsieh discusses the military doctrines of top Union and Confederate Civil War generals. read more

Naval Technology

Advances in naval technology during the Civil War are discussed by historian John Coski (Museum of the Confederacy). read more

1861 West Virginia Campaign

The 1861 Civil War battles in West Virginia are discussed by Pamplin Historical Park (Va.) executive director A. Wilson Greene. read more

Battle of Wilson's Creek

The 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri is discussed by historian William Piston (Missouri State). read more

Fighting for the Confederacy

A panel discussion of a memoir by Confederate general Edward Porter Alexander (1835-1910). read more

1864 Attack on Atlanta

The Union Army's 1864 attack on Atlanta is discussed by historian Robert Davis at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. read more

Battlefield Medicine

Battlefield medicine during the Civil War is discussed by National Museum of Civil War Medicine director George Wunderlich. read more

Emancipation in Washington, DC

The emancipation of slaves in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War is discussed by historian Kate Masur at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's annual conference. read more

1863 Draft Riots

The 1863 Draft Riots in New York City are discussed. read more

Lincoln and Empancipation

The legality of the Emancipation Proclamation is discussed by Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman. read more

Lincoln and McClellan

President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. George McClellan are discussed by Civil War historian John Waugh. read more

Emancipation and the Union

The Union and emancipation are discussed by historian Gary Gallagher ("The Union War"). read more

The South and States' Rights

The South and states' rights are discussed by historian Barbara Fields. read more

Charles Sumner

Nineteenth-century abolitionist Charles Sumner is discussed at a Massachusetts Historical Society event. read more

BackStory With the History Guys

Secession and the Civil War are discussed at a taping of the radio show "BackStory with the American History Guys." read more

Britain's Response

How other countries reacted to the American Civil War. read more

Abraham Lincoln and Fort Sumter

Abraham Lincoln and Fort Sumter are discussed by historian Craig Symonds. read more

Conflicted Loyalties of Robert E. Lee

Confederate general Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), who turned down President Lincoln's request to lead the Union Army, and, instead, became head of the rebel Army of Northern Virginia, is discussed by historian Gary W. Gallagher. read more

Tampa Bay Area

The Civil War in the Tampa Bay region is discussed by Ross Lamoreaux (Tampa Bay History Center). read more

Lincoln and Southern Civilians

The treatment of Southern civilians by Abraham Lincoln is discussed by George Washington law professor Burrus Carnahan ("Lincoln on Trial"). read more

Volunteers in Blue and Gray

Civil War volunteers are discussed by historian James McPherson. read more

1861 Person of the Year, Part 2

Conclusion. Person of the Year candidates for 1861 are discussed at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. read more

1861 Person of the Year, Part 1

Part 1 of 2. Person of the Year candidates for 1861 are discussed at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. read more

Underground Railroad Descendants

The descendants of former slaves who traveled the Underground Railroad to Michigan appear at a Detroit Historical Society-hosted event. read more

Origins of the War

The roots of the Civil War are discussed by historian Gordon Wood. read more

The Reputation of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's reputation is discussed by historian Allen Guelzo. read more

Anniversary Commission Briefing

The creation of a national commission to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is the focus of a legislative briefing. read more

President Lincoln's Inauguration

A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's inauguration, featuring Sam Waterston. read more

The Civil War Episode: "Portraying Historical Figures"

Episode Synopsis: Actor Stephen Lang portrays Battle of Gettysburg veteran James Jackson Purman. Lang also discusses his experience playing various historical military figures in movies, TV and in his 2004 one-man play "Beyond Glory."
Original Air Date: Jan 28, 2012
Guest Cast Stephen Lang

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