Sunday, July 28, 2013

Civil War Podcast, Episode 34

FORT SUMTER (Part the Fourth): "AND THE WAR CAME."

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

Gustavus V. Fox (1821-1883)

Our book recommendation for this episode is Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War by David Detzer

"A superb popular history... bringing to life the men (on both sides) who were responsible for the first shots of the Civil War."  ~  Publishers Weekly

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Civil War Podcast, Episode 33

FORT SUMTER (Part the Third)

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818-1893)

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

Our book recommendation for this episode is P.G.T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray by T. Harry Williams.

First published in 1955 to wide acclaim, T. Harry Williams' P.G.T. Beauregard is universally regarded as "the first authoritative portrait of the Confederacy's always dramatic, often perplexing" general (Chicago Tribune).  Chivalric, arrogant, and of exotic Creole Louisiana origin, Beauregard participated in every phase of the Civil War from its beginning to its end. 

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Civil War Podcast, Episode 32


The unfinished dome of the Capitol, as it looked at the time of
Lincoln's first inauguration in March, 1861.

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. Plus, we learn that the podcast is a team effort and that there's no 'I' in Civil War.

Our book recommendation for this episode is Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr

"This magnificent biography finally provides what William Henry Seward so justly deserves- a full, terrific and complex portrait of his endlessly fascinating life." ~ Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Civil War Podcast, Episode 31

Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, South Carolina

FORT SUMTER (Part the Second)

Francis W. Pickens (1805-1869)

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

Our book recommendation for this episode is A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865 by Russell F. Weigley

"Readers will find much to debate in this book- including its interpretations of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, its implication that a superficially united Confederacy was doomed to defeat, and its affirmation that, because of emancipation, 'the Civil War calls for a rethinking of the attitude... that war is always futile, that its rewards never match its costs, that any conflict [must be] immediately decisive and virtually without loss of American lives."  ~  Gary W. Gallagher

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Adam J. Slemmer (1829-1868)