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John Brown, Part 2B

12/9/2018
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John Brown's 1859 raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry brought abolitionism and slavery to the forefront of the national conversation. The support for Brown's raid voiced by influential Northerners increased sectional tensions and support for secession in the South. After his execution and the subsequent election of President Lincoln, secession became a reality, and Civil War followed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:40

John Brown, Part 2A

11/23/2018
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In Part 2A of our portrait of John Brown, we pick up in the aftermath of Bleeding Kansas and follow John Brown as he recruits, fund-raises, and prepares for his game-changing raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. We look at the political situation going into the raid and see Brown continue to build a reputation as the nation's foremost militant abolitionist. Though we had originally intended to finish up the series with this episode, it ended up a little longer than...

Duration:01:00:13

John Brown: Part 1

9/25/2018
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A throwback to old-school Puritanism, John Brown brought passion - and violence - into the abolitionist movement. Work with the Underground Railroad gradually gave way to more radical methods, as "Osawatamie Brown" demonstrated that abolitionsts didn't have to be pacifists. And Kansas bled. Part 1 of our portrait of John Brown looks at his early life, the growth of abolitionism in the young United States, and the opening act for the American Civil War known as "Bleeding Kansas." By 1858,...

Duration:01:25:26

The Cruise of the CSS Alabama: Pt. 2

7/15/2018
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The CSS Alabama continued preying on Yankee shipping throughout 1863, prowling off coasts from Brazil to South Africa to Singapore. The success of the raider, skippered by wily Captain Raphael Semmes, inflamed Anglo-American tensions to dangerous levels. But shrewd diplomacy by the Lincoln administration eventually convinced John Bull to turn his back on the rebels, leaving Semmes and the Alabama with few ports capable of providing much-needed maintenance and repairs. After a long-shot...

Duration:01:12:32

The Cruise of the CSS Alabama: Pt. 1

6/3/2018
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After the outbreak of the Civil War, the Union blockade crippled Southern commerce. Hoping to ease the pressure on blockade runners (and turn the tables on Northern shipping), the Confederate Navy contracted with British shipbuilders to construct commerce raiders - warships designed to prey on merchant shipping while evading opposing naval vessels. Denounced as a pirate in the North, Maryland-born Raphael Semmes captained the most effective commerce raider, the CSS Alabama, as the ship...

Duration:00:54:57

George Brinton McClellan, Part 3

5/4/2018
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After the failure on the Peninsula, it appeared that McClellan would lose his command. But, things changed after the disaster that was Second Manassas, and McClellan was restored over the protests of Lincoln's cabinet. After the indecisive victory at Antietam, McClellan refused to press his advantage, and President Lincoln determined that the time had come to place the Army of the Potomac under new leadership. A general without a command, McClellan was recruited into Democratic politics and...

Duration:01:43:24

George Brinton McClellan, Part 2

3/28/2018
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George Brinton McClellan left the army at the rank of captain but, upon the start of the Civil War, soon found himself a major general in overall command of all Union operations. He was called to Washington to restore order after the disaster at First Manassas, and he built the Army of the Potomac into a first-rate fighting force. But before long, due to his overly cautious nature, the administration began to run out of patience. In the Spring of 1862, he took his army to the Virginia...

Duration:01:29:35

George Brinton McClellan, Part 1

2/27/2018
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George McClellan is one of the most oft-criticized figures from the Civil War, but has he been treated fairly? Our series on "Little Mac" will look at the important contributions McClellan made to the Union war effort but also point out his failures. In part 1, we examine his childhood, time at West Point and academic prowess, service in Mexico, observatory trip to the Crimean War, and career as a railroad executive. With the outbreak of war in 1861, McClellan is compelled to return to the...

Duration:00:58:08

Stonewall Jackson: Part 3

1/21/2018
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Following the success at Second Manassas, Stonewall Jackson finally gets the northern invasion for which he has been lobbying since the Civil War began. The bloody draw at Antietam precedes the quiet Fall of 1862. Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville bring rebel victories, but the Confederacy pays a high price for the latter - the loss of the Army of Northern Virginia's spiritual leader. Stonewall Jackson's untimely death only further cements his status as a legend after the war. Email us...

Duration:01:32:39

Stonewall Jackson: Part 2

12/12/2017
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Part 2 of our series on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson begins with a review of Jackson's famous Valley Campaign, one of the most famous campaigns of not only the Civil War, but in all of American military history, and a campaign still studied by students of military strategy today. We then turn to the Seven Days' Battles, where Stonewall had his poorest showing of the war, before concluding with Jackson's instrumental role in the Confederate victory at Second Manassas. Thank you to all of...

Duration:01:32:53

Stonewall Jackson: Part 1

11/5/2017
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Portraits of Blue & Grey: The Biographical Civil War Podcast examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:42:19

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 4

10/1/2017
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In the fourth and final installment of our portrait of Ulysses Grant, we look at Grant's post-war role in Reconstruction, the Grant presidency, and Grant's final years after leaving office. Email us at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com with any questions or comments about the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:21:02

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3

8/30/2017
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Part 3 of our portrait of Ulysses Grant sees Grant come to the rescue in Chattanooga before being summoned east for his showdown with Robert E. Lee. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:08:43

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2

7/21/2017
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Grant from Shiloh to Vicksburg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:19:50

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1

6/21/2017
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Part 1 of our Portrait of U.S. Grant examines Grant's early life, time at West Point and in the Mexican-American War, tough circumstances before the beginning of the Civil War, and the start of his rise to prominence following victories at Belmont and Fts. Henry and Donnelson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:02

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 4

5/25/2017
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In the fourth and final chapter of our portrait of Robert E. Lee, we see Lee reluctantly forced to go on the defensive, as new Union commander Ulysses Grant presses the attack. After ferocious fighting at the Wilderness and Cold Harbor, Lee attempts to withstand the siege of Petersburg, is finally forced to surrender at Appomattox, and spends his post-war years as president of Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. Email us with any questions or...

Duration:01:00:15

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 1

5/12/2017
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Despite his initial misgivings about secession, Robert E. Lee would come to be the figure most commonly associated with the Confederacy. Part 1 of our portrait of Lee looks at the general's family history, childhood and education, service in the United States Army, thoughts about slavery, and decision to join the Southern rebellion. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com. Or visit the show's webpage at...

Duration:00:53:21

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 2

5/12/2017
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In Part 2 of our portrait of Robert E. Lee, we see Lee take command of the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Seven Pines. Following successes at the Seven Days' Battles and Second Manassas, Lee gambles on an invasion north of the Potomac River into Maryland, where he has his final showdown with Union General George McClellan near the small Western Maryland town of Sharpsburg, along a sleepy little creek called Antietam. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at...

Duration:00:57:25

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 3

5/12/2017
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In Part 3, Lee earns victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, reorganizes his army after the death of Stonewall Jackson, and makes a fateful decision to journey north of the Mason-Dixon line, where his army collides with the Army of the Potomac commanded by newly promoted Gen. George Meade near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com. Or visit the show's webpage at PortraitsOfBlueAndGrey.podbean.com. Learn...

Duration:01:18:51