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.  

 

Bloody Angle

Dec 31, 2019
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Originally aired on May 05, 1995 - In part 36 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes a horrific battle in Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 12, 1864. It is known as the Bloody Angle.

#36 – The “Bloody Angle”

Combat is a terrible human experience; and while all battles are detestable, some are so shocking as to defy belief. Such an engagement occurred 130 years ago this month in Virginia.

The Cavalry

Dec 30, 2019
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Originally aired on May 12, 1995 - In part 37 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson recounts a cavalry battle in Richmond on the northern outskirts of the town at the hamlet of Yellow Tavern. It pitted Union General Phillip Sheridan against General Jeb Stuart, the embodiment of a Virginia cavalier.

#37 – General Jeb Stuart

Letters

Dec 29, 2019
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Originally aired on May 19, 1995 - In part 38 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us about the important role that letter writing played for soldiers both Blue and Gray.

#38 – Soldiers’ Letters

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Originally aired on May 26, 1995 - In part 39 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the various flags of the Southern Confederacy.

#39 – The Confederate Flags

The most visible symbol of any country is its flag. The “Stars and Stripes” personify the United States, just as the “Union Jack” is the essence of all that is England. Such was not the case with the Southern Confederacy. It had not one but several flags – a development that today confuses many people, including United States senators.

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Originally aired on June 02, 1995 - In part 40 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the life of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 

#40 – Jefferson Davis

This weekend, in ceremonies at Richmond, Washington, and elsewhere, large numbers of Americans will honor the birthday of Jefferson Davis. A tint of martyrdom will hang over each of the observances, for Davis has come to personify all that was noble and lamentable about a confederacy often hailed as “The Lost Cause”.

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