1. War Department - Antietam: The Epicenter of the Battlefield


    from Civil War Trust / Added

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    Director of History and Education Garry Adelman discusses the fighting on an unpreserved parcel at the heart of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) battlefield. Later, members of the Antietam National Battlefield staff comment on the importance of this piece of hallowed ground.

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    • When to Die - Extended Teaser


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      • Wade Hampton


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        An abridged biography of the life of Civil War leader and South Carolina Governor, General Wade Hampton. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program details Hampton's military and political legacy.

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        • Mary Chesnut


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          Short-form biography on the life of American Civil War era author Mary Chestnut. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program details the events surrounding Chestnuts life and her contributions to both South Carolina and American history.

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          • John C. Calhoun


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            Short biography of the life of American politician and political theorist, John C. Calhoun. Through the use of archival material, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations, this program details Calhoun’s life and how his notion of states' rights and limited government influenced the path of American History.

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            • The Return of the Heroes - Walt Whitman - Poem - Animation


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              Here's the great Walt Whitman reading his post American Civil War poem "The Return of the Heroes" The Poem expresses an optimism tinged with great sadness it was a pre World War One taste of how terrible mechanised machine gun war could be. On May 23 and 24, 1865, Walt Whitman witnessed the momentous Grand Review of the Armies in Washington, D.C. He watched as the Army of the Potomac, the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of Georgia paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue, past a reviewing stand in front of the White House where President Andrew Johnson (having just slightly more than a month prior taken up the role after Lincoln’s assassination), General Ulysses Grant and others saluted the troops. The experience made a deep impression on Whitman, and he wrote many poems about the return of the heroes and the event that symbolically marked the end of the Civil War. He wrote so many, in fact, I found it difficult to choose which to here quote. Whitman was no stranger to the horrors of war. Having come to Washington in 1862 in search of his brother, George, who was reported wounded after the Battle of Fredericksburg, Whitman was so moved by the suffering he saw in military hospitals that he chose to remain in the capital. He secured a low paying job as a government clerk and spent much of his time over the next two years volunteering as a nurse in army hospitals. He had no medical experience. Little was needed. He found he could be most comforting to the sick and wounded through the most simple of tasks…writing letters home for them, bringing them a morsel of food, keeping them engaged through conversation. He estimated that during his time in Washington, he made some 600 visits to various hospitals. It is no wonder, then, that the Grand Review made such an impression on him. The suffering he had witnessed so closely was at an end. And Whitman understood that the victory lay not on the “red, shuddering fields” of battle but in the faces of the blue-clad soldiers, “youthful, yet veterans.” He also understood that these men had a difficult transition to make. In his “The Artilleryman’s Vision” he writes a haunting account of what we would today call post-traumatic stress disorder. In “How Solemn as One by One,” another poem about the Grand Review, he writes how the soldier’s faces appear as masks, but, knowing something of their experiences, he feels he can “see behind that mask, that wonder, a kindred soul.” His “Return of the Heroes,” part of which is quoted above, goes on for several stanzas, more than I could really include here. The primary theme is his hope that soldiers of the North and South will take up different tools, “Toil on heroes! Toil well! Handle the weapons well. Kind Regards Jim Clark All rights are reserved on this video recpording copyright Jim Clark 2015

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              • Institute for Honor 2015: “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace” with H.W. Brands


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                Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He teaches history and writing to graduate students and undergraduates. ~ He writes on American history and politics, with books including "The Man Who Saved the Union," "Traitor to His Class," "Andrew Jackson," "The Age of Gold," "The First American" and "TR." Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, "Traitor to His Class" and "The First American," were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. ~ He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio. His writings have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.

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                • Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier


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                  Using the diary entry of a Civil War soldier, this video tells the story of one fatal charge by Pennsylvania troops against the Confederate defenses at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on May 10, 1864.

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                  • F Troop Opening and Closing Theme 1965 - 1967


                    from TeeVees Greatest / Added

                    F Troop is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the United States on September 14, 1965 and concluded its run on April 6, 1967 with a total of 65 episodes. The first season of 34 episodes was filmed in black-and-white, but the series switched to color for its second season. The series relies heavily on character-based humor; verbal and visual gags, slapstick, physical comedy and burlesque comedy make up the prime ingredients of F Troop. The series also plays fast and loose with historical events and persons and often deliberately parodies them for comical effect (such as with calling the Winchester 73 rifle the Chestwinster 76 rifle)[1] There are even some indirect references made to the culture of the 1960s such as a "Playbrave Club" (a parody of a Playboy Club)[2] and imitations of Rock & Roll bands (including singing songs written in the 1960s). The dubious efficiency of F Troop is clarified in the show's opening theme. The words of the song (by Irving Taylor) were only used in the first season's opening credits (except for the pilot episode), along with comical F Troop battle scenes intercut with stock Hollywood Western footage. The second season opening credits used only the instrumental ending part, over still cartoon scenes and caricatures of the main cast.

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