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Our Little Monitor

Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University)

The very first ironclad ship built by the Union Navy in the Civil War was called The Monitor. It revolutionized the way battleships were built. Jonathan White is the co-author of  “Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War.” He was also named a 2018 outstanding faculty member by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

9 mins

The Radicalization of the Civil War

John Matsui (Virginia Military Institute)

Civil War buffs pride themselves on knowing the great battles of the war. But what about the fighting that took place away from battlefields? John Matsui says that guerilla fighting during the Civil War challenged the rules of warfare.

9 mins

Monumental Mythology

Stephen Rockenbach (Virginia State University)

Civil War monuments and reenactments often prop up popular myths, instead of reflecting an accurate history. Take Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan, for example. Stephen Rockenbach says Morgan killed unionist farmers in Indiana, but today he’s celebrated as a dashing cavalryman.

9 mins

The Four-Legged Soldiers

James Robertson, William C. Davis (Virginia Tech), and John M. Bowen

Some of the country’s most eminent Civil War scholars including James Robertson and William C. Davis (Virginia Tech), and equine specialist John M. Bowen discuss the forgotten elements of the conflict: horses, weather, and water.

24 mins

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