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Stonewall Jackson: Part 3
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...
Stonewall Jackson: Part 2
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...
Stonewall Jackson: Part 1
Part 1 of our portrait of Thomas J. Jackson looks at his transition from an eccentric college professor into a Civil War legend. We discuss Stonewall’s humble beginnings, education at West Point, Mexican War experience, teaching career, and metamorphosis from a quiet, awkward VMI professor into a legendary military leader. Email us at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com with any questions or comments about the show.
Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 4
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.
Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3
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.
Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2
In Part 2, we see Grant turn defeat into victory at Shiloh and capture the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, as his stock continues to rise in the eyes of his Commander in Chief, Abraham Lincoln. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com.
Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1
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.
Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 4
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...
Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 1
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 PortraitsOfBlueAndGrey.podbean.com.
Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 2
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...
Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 3
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.