Civil War Series

The Civil War Series with Dr. James Robertson, Jr.

Thanks for visiting this page on our web site. We are continuing the digitizing from master recordings of this popular series first broadcast on WVTF September 3, 1994 and on subsequent Fridays for nearly 14 years. We will make segments from our archives available to you each week so you can listen through our web site or via the Civil War series podcast. 

The process of revitalizing these radio treasures, in order to make them available to an international audience over the Internet and podcasts, is a labor intensive undertaking. We would greatly appreciate your financial support to sustain the series on line and through podcasts. 

The Civil War Series is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies.  

 

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Originally aired on February 24, 1995 - In part 26 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the underlying tragedy of the Civil War.

#26 – Northern Attitudes in 1861

Much is traditionally made of why the Southern states in 1861 left the Union. Some attention as well should be given to why the Northern states wanted to maintain the Union. After all, citizens north of the Potomac River obviously had to have high incentives to fight and die in the Civil War.

Originally aired on March 03, 1995 - In part 27 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that Abraham Lincoln’s two inaugural addresses were unforgettable, unlike those of many of his predecessors.

#27 – Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Naval Battle

Jan 8, 2020

Originally aired on March 10, 1995 - In part 28 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson explains why a Sunday March 9, 1862 naval battle made every other navy on earth obsolete.

#28 – Monitor vs. Virginia

On Sunday, March 9, 1862, every navy on earth became obsolete. A strange and inconsequential engagement occurred in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The two vessels involved were so unique, and their contest so unusual, that modern generations seem incapable of giving one of the ships its authentic name.

Scorched Earth

Jan 7, 2020
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Originally aired on March 17, 1995 - In part 29 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson examines the stormy career of Union General Phillip H. Sheridan and his scorched-earth campaign in the lower Shenandoah Valley.

#29 – General Philip H. Sheridan (Scorched Earth)

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Originally aired on March 24, 1995 - In part 30 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson talks about the profound effect the Civil War had on our body of music.

#30 – Civil War Music

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