Key Battles of the Civil War
By James Early & Scott Rank
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The Civil War was the most important even in American history. That's because it decided what kind of nation America would be and whether or not the promise of universal liberty would be fulfilled. And what decided the outcome of the Civil War was its battles. Hosted by history professors James Early and Scott Rank, this podcast explores the ten most important battles in the Civil War. It features every major conflict, from the initial shots fired at the Battle of First Bull Run to the end of the war at Appomattox Court House. Key battles include Shiloh, the Seven Days Battle, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Chickamauga & Chattanooga, and the Overland Campaign. James and Scott explore additional topics such as emancipation, the naval wars of the Civil War, and weapons technology. Plus they get deep into the biographical backgrounds of the Union and Confederate generals (Grant, Sherman, McClellan, Thomas, Lee, Jackson, Beauregard, and Longstreet).
||CleanEpisode 22: How the Civil War Lives on Today||In this very final episode, James and Scott discuss the lasting effects of the Civil War and why it is the single most important event in the history of the United States. The Revolutionary War may have answered the question of whether America would...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: What Became of the Men Who Wore the Blue and the Grey||In this epilogue episode James and Scott talk about the Union and Confederate generals whom we've gotten to know so well after the war finished. They became presidents, professors, bankrupt businessmen, assassination victims, and everything in between.||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: The Naval War||The Civil War is now finished but our series is not. Scott and James discuss an aspect of the Civil War that for the most part didn’t tie into our main discussion: the naval war. Learn how battles occurred on American Rivers, gulfs, shorelines, and...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: African Americans in Uniform||As the Civil War came to an end, a big question remained for the North and eventually the reunited United States. What would become of its African-American residents? Would they be given full legal rights or only partial? This question was largely...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: The Overland Campaign||It's now 1864. Lincoln is re-elected, and Sherman’s March to the Sea obliterated the Confederacy’s industrial base. But work remains for General Grant. He must contend with his greatest foe, Robert E. Lee. Now that Grant was directing the operations||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Sherman's March to the Sea||From November to December 1864, Gen. Sherman led over 60,000 soldiers from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia in a scorched earth campaign to completely demoralized the Southern war effort. Sherman explained that they needed to “make old and young, rich and||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: The Battle of Atlanta||In the fall of 1864, the Union Army now had full momentum against the Confederacy, pushing deeper into the South than ever before. General Sherman overwhelmed forces led by John Bell Hood. With the fall of Atlanta, Lincoln nearly assured his...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Chattanooga||Following Union defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga, Union forces retreated to the railroad junction of Chattanooga, Tennessee. From November 23-25, 1863, Union troops routed the Confederates at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionaries Ridge;...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: The Battle of Chickamauga||The Battle of Chickamauga marked the end of Union Maj. Gen. William Rosencran's offensive into southwestern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia and the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theatre. More died here than in any other battle, save...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Battle of Gettysburg||The 1863 Battle of Gettysburg stopped Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North. It was the deadliest battle of the Civil War, with over 50,000 casualties during the three day battle, a scale of suffering never seen before or since in America. The...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Fall of Vicksburg||Welcome to the second part in our episodes on the Vicksburg Campaign, one of the most consequential Civil War battles in the Western theatre and what many historians consider to be the turning point of the war. Grant's Vicksburg campaign is...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Western Campaign and the Siege of Vicksburg||In the next two episodes Scott and James will discuss the Siege of Vicksburg. In the summer of 1863, Grant’s Army of the Tennessee came to Vicksburg, located on a high bluff converged on Vicksburg, a Mississippi town on the same river. Union...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Battle of Chancellorsville||The Battle of Chancellorsville is considered Robert E. Lee’s masterpiece. His reputation as a military genius was sealed by fighting an incredibly successful offensive battle despite being outnumbered 2-to-1 and launching attacks on multiple fronts||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Battle of Fredericksburg||Following McClellan's disastrous Union loss at Antietam, Lincoln replaced him with Ambrose Burnside, who planned to march to the city of Fredericksburg, getting there before Lee and possibly marching all the way to Richmond. But once they confronted...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Sidetrack Episode on Emancipation||The entire point of the Civil War was to end slavery, right? Not exactly, and definitely not at the beginning of the War. The North went to war strictly to save the Union and had little interest in abolishing slavery in the South. The Emancipation...||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Battle of Antietam||The Battle of Antietam—an 1862 clash between Robert E. lee's Army of Northern Virginian and George McClellan's Army of the Potomac—was the deadliest one-day battle in American history, with a total of 22,717 dead, wounded or missing. It came after L||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Seven Days Battle||Union General George B. McClellan, who led 100,000 men and moved as fast as an iceberg, attempted to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond in a series of six different battles along the Virginia Peninsula from June 25 to July 1, 1862)....||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The 1862 Peninsula Campaign||In early 1862 the Union Army launched a major operation in southeastern Virginia, the first large-scale offensive in the Eastern Theater. Lincoln replaced McDowell with George B. McClellan as commander. He reorganized the army, whipped it into shape,..||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Battle of Shiloh||The Battle of Shiloh was a battle in the Western Theater fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. On the first morning, 40,000 Confederate troops struck Union Soldiers at Pittsburg Landing. They were under the command of Major General...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Border States and the War in the West||In the summer of 1861, four slave states had still not seceded. If even two or three joined the Confederacy, the Union would be in big trouble. Lincoln was determined to keep all four in (Maryland, Kentucky, Delaware, and Missouri). We will look at...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Battle of First Bull Run||Abraham Lincoln believed that the Civil War would be over in a few months, with the Union Army marching on Richmond by late 1861. The Union and the Confederate armies hastily assembled armies and Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell led his unseasoned Union Army..||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Background to the Civil War||The origins of the Civil War go back decades, even before the United States became an independent nation The federal union had always been precarious, ever since the framing of the Constitution, with the institution of slavery led to two distinct...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction to Key Battles of the Civil War||The Civil War pitted brother against brother and divided a nation. It also featured the most epic—and deadliest—battles in American history. From Shiloh to Vicksburg to Gettsburg, these battles resulted in higher casualty rates than any other armed.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrologue to Key Battles of the Civil War||A couple of announcements from host Scott Rank. He tells you what this series will be about and where to find his main podcast History Unplugged (http://historyunpluggedpodcast.com).||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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