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Defense of Harrisburg

Jim Schmick, historian and author, describes the preparations Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made as the Confederate army, approached the state capital in June 1863.

Duration: 00:55:21

Mosby's Rangers Part 2

Author and historian Eric Buckland completes part II of his discussion about Mosby's Confederate Raiders. Eric has compiled stories about individual members of the famous Mosby Raiders and will share those.

Duration: 00:39:35

Mosby's Rangers Part 1

Author and historian Eric Buckland speaks about Mosby's Confederate raiders from his series of books "Mosby's Men" Books 1-5, and "Mosby's Keydet Rangers"

Duration: 00:49:26

JoAnn Peterson - Mary Lincoln - Part 2

Actress JoAnn Peterson will present part II of Mary Lincoln. The President's wife answers questions about her experience, and then actress JoAnn Peterson explains how she got involved in presenting Mary Lincoln.

Duration: 01:15:20

Joan Peterson - Mary Lincoln

Actress JoAnn Peterson will give a historical impersonation of Mary Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln is given voice and speaks of her experiences.

Duration: 00:45:08

Kevin Rawlings - Civil War Santa Pt. 2

Author Kevin Rawlings continues part II of his discussion of Christmas traditions of the American Civil War. Kevin's book "We Were Marching on Christmas Day" outlines many instances of holiday traditions during the conflict.

Duration: 00:40:57

Kevin Rawlings - Civil War Santa

Author Kevin Rawlings will present the Christmas traditions of the American Civil War. Kevin will discuss the drawings of Thomas Nast during the Civil War and how those drawings spoke of the hardships of the soldiers as they were away from their loved ones during the conflict.

Duration: 00:55:29

Frederick Douglass - Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson will give a historical impersonation of Frederick Douglass. Douglass, the foremost African American leader during the war years, became a recruiter for the United States Colored Troops. His two sons fought in the American Civil War.

Duration: 00:48:47

Tim Snyder

Author Tim Snyder explains the significance of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the American Civil War. The canal, located along the southern border of Maryland, basically was on the line dividing the north and south. The Confederate army continually attempted to disrupt the canal operations at the same time the Union attempted to keep it operational.

Duration: 00:51:05

McNeill's Rangers

Award winning author Steve French discusses a guerilla band of Confederates known as McNeill's Rangers. Captain John Hanson McNeill's Confederate forces roamed western Virginia (now West Virginia) striking terror into Federal officers as they harassed them, keeping them off guard.

Duration: 00:46:28

Belle Boyd

Award Winning author Steve French offers his take on Confederate Spy Belle Boyd. Belle Boyd, who lived in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) is one of the most interesting female characters of the entire war.

Duration: 00:56:16

Lincoln Assassination Part 2

Dr, Edward Steers, the country's leading authority on the subject, discusses the military tribunal of the Lincoln Conspirators from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Steers gives the listeners his take on the controversial Dr. Mudd and about Mary and John Surratt.

Duration: 00:37:25

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Edward Steers Jr, the country's leading expert on the subject, discusses the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Steers has investigated this topic for 40 years. His book "Blood on the Moon" is one of the most respected accounts of the assassination

Duration: 00:53:23

Pickett's Charge

Author C.W. Whitehair talks about Pickett's Charge at gettysburg, that occurred on July 3rd, 1863. His impression of the battle comes from accounts of soldiers present, including one of his own relatives

Duration: 00:45:02

Escape of the Cavalry at Harpers Ferry

Author C.W. Whitehair discusses the Union cavalry escape from Harpers Ferry in September 1862. His book chronicles the 1500 cavalry soldiers who fled the scene at the time that the Union forces on Bolivar heights were totally surrounded by Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson's army

Duration: 00:47:48

Antietam Part 2

Historian Ted Alexander continues to speak about the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American History. In today's program, Ted talks about immigrant soldiers, Native American Indian soldiers, and even mascots involved in Civil War battles

Duration: 00:40:58

Antietam Part 1

Ted Alexander talks about the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history. He discusses the three phases of the battle, plus some of his favorite stories from his 20 years experience working at the national park as their chief historian

Duration: 00:52:55

Andersonville Prison Part 2

Historian Kevin Frye talks about the role of Commandant Henry Wirz, warden of the prison, who became the scapegoat of the war. He eas tried and found guilty and was the only Confederate officer hanged for crimes. Kevin also discusses the Prisoner of War Museum that has been added to the National park to honor all American Prisoners of War from all wars.

Duration: 00:45:13

Andersonville Prison Part 1

Historian Kevin Frye brings to light the horrible condition of the Georgia prison set up for 10,000 prisoners but overcrowded to the point that there were 32,000 Union prisoners there. Over 100 died each day. It was the largest prison of the American Civil War and had almost 13,000 deaths.

Duration: 00:58:46