Shows by Season - Impediments of War

The Civil War Talk Radio Companion

Shows by Season

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Season 1 Shows

Click on Episode Title for additional information on episode, links to download or listen to episode and a transcript of Gerry's monologue.

Civil War, then and now

James  McPherson September 25, 2004

Dr. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winning author, tackles several political and emotional issues surrounding the causes and legacies of the Civil War.

Library of Congress

John  Sellers October 2, 2004

Learn about the Library of Congress's resources and hear the stories behind them from curator John R. Sellers.

The Body and Soul of Civil War Soldiers

James  Robertson October 9, 2004

What thoughts were going through the minds of Johnny Reb or Billy Yank as he approached battle? Join us for insights on these questions and more in a rare and personal interview with Dr. James Robertson.

filmmaker, visionary

Ken  Burns October 15, 2004

Ken Burns discusses his Civil War insights with historian Harold Holzer.

Navies of the Civil War

Jim  Janke October 22, 2004

Professor Jim Janke brings us the strategy and drama of naval warfare between the Union and the Confederacy.

The Election That Won the War

David  Long October 29, 2004

Dr. David Long discusses Lincoln's re-election in 1864 and its impact on American history.

Collecting Historical Newspapers

Eric  Caren November 12, 2004

Eric Caren describes how he and Steven Goldman assembled a remarkable collection of Civil War era newspapers, and made them available in print as a Smithsonian 'Headliners' series book.

Union Military Leadership

John  Marszalek December 3, 2004

Dr. John Marszalek, biographer of William T. Sherman and Henry Halleck, shares his views on some famous (and infamous) generals.

Winning and Losing in the Civil War

Albert  Castel December 10, 2004

Albert Castel, author of the award-winning Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, challenges some widely held beliefs about the war.

Sober Grants and Rubber Lincolns

John  Simon December 17, 2004

Dr. John Y. Simon, editor of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, tells us what's wrong with the way Abraham Lincoln is presented to the public.

Soldiers, Civilians and Slaves

Mark  Grimsley January 14, 2005

Dr. Mark Grimsley, author of the Lincoln Prize-winning The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, talks about the motivations and actions of the men who fought for the North.

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Daniel  Weinberg January 21, 2005

Visit with Daniel R. Weinberg, owner of Chicago's legendary Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

Civil War on a Card Table

Dave  Powell January 28, 2005

Dave Powell explains how he designs simulation games based on Civil War battles.

While God Is Marching On

Steven  Woodworth February 4, 2005

Dr. Steven Woodworth, author of many Civil War titles, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals, brings to light a rarely mentioned facet of life in Civil War armies.

Beyond the Civil War?

William  Davis February 25, 2005

Prolific Civil War author William C. 'Jack' Davis shares observations based on a lifetime of research, and talks about new directions for the future.

Civil War--The Next Generation

Catherine  Clinton March 4, 2005

Catherine Clinton, author of The Other Civil War, Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Civil War, Harriet Tubman and many other books for adults and children, discusses new audiences, and new possibilities, for Civil War history.

Technological Change and Human Constants

Craig L.  Symonds March 11, 2005

Craig L. Symonds, history professor at the United States Naval Academy and author of the Battlefield Atlas of the Civil War, talks about a range of topics from Confederate generals to Union ironclads.

Generals, Gods, Angels

Jeff  Shaara March 18, 2005

From his father's The Killer Angels to his own best-selling novels, Jeff Shaara discusses the craft of historical fiction.

Why Pickett is Still Charging On

Lesley  Gordon March 25, 2005

Lesley J. Gordon, author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend, crosses boundaries by combining contemporary academic methodology and theory with traditional military topics.

Battlefield Historian

Donald  Pfanz April 1, 2005

Donald C. Pfanz, author of Richard S. Ewell: A Soldier's Life, talks about his role as historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

War in the West

Larry  Daniel April 8, 2005

Larry J. Daniel, author of Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland, 1861-1865, shares his thoughts on where the war was decided.

Judging History

Frank  Williams April 15, 2005

Frank J. Williams is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and author of Judging Lincoln.

Everything You Know is Wrong

James  Loewen April 22, 2005

James Loewen, author of Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, talks about distortions, errors and outright falsehoods to be found at many Civil War sites.

Should the Stars be Barred?

John  Coski April 29, 2005

John M. Coski of the Museum of the Confederacy talks about the subject of his book, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem.

North and South

Keith  Poulter May 20, 2005

Join CWTR for a fascinating conversation with Keith Poulter, ex-British intelligence, former wargame designer, and the founder and publisher of North & South magazine.

Behind the Scenes at the Lincoln Museum

Thomas  Schwartz May 27, 2005

Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian, describes the creation of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

USS Arizona Civil War Gunboat Foundation

Ronald  Christopher June 3, 2005

Ronald Christopher, Chairman and Project Manager of the USS Arizona Civil War Gunboat Foundation.

Picturing the Past

Don  Troiani June 10, 2005

One of the leaders of the late 20th century revival of Civil War art is Don Troiani. His work is noted for its attention to accuracy of detail, a quality he brought to the movie Cold Mountain as a uniform consultant. Find out how this artist combines research and imagination to bring Civil War scenes to light.

Riding with the Boys in Blue

Eric  Wittenberg June 17, 2005

From the novelty of the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry (Rush's Lancers), to the stand of John Buford at Gettysburg, to a sharply critical view of Phil Sheridan, Eric J. Wittenberg offers a variety of interesting views on the men who led and served in the Union cavalry. Union cavalry expert Eric J. Wittenberg, author of Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan.

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