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History is, indeed, a story. With his unique voice and engaging delivery, historian and veteran storyteller Fred Kiger will help the compelling stories of the American Civil War come alive in each and every episode. Filled with momentous issues and repercussions that still resonate with us today, this series will feature events and people from that period and will strive to make you feel as if you were there.

Threads From The National Tapestry: Stories From The American Civil War Fred Kiger

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History is, indeed, a story. With his unique voice and engaging delivery, historian and veteran storyteller Fred Kiger will help the compelling stories of the American Civil War come alive in each and every episode. Filled with momentous issues and repercussions that still resonate with us today, this series will feature events and people from that period and will strive to make you feel as if you were there.

    29 - The New York City Draft Riots

    29 - The New York City Draft Riots

    About this episode: 
    Far too many see the Union war effort in the American Civil War as a monolith - patriotic men across the north from Maine to Minnesota, flocking en masse together under national colors - to fight to preserve the Union, and to rid the nation of the hateful institution of slavery. As will be evidenced in this episode, nothing could be farther from the truth. Within the federal union in the summer of 1863, there was war-weariness. Men of influence like New York politician Samuel J. Tilden, and artist/inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dared to call for peace at any price. And it wasn’t only men of power - there were some men and women representing several societal classes who professed pro-southern sentiments. Indeed, New York City had its share of these so-called copperheads. In February of 1863, a development added to their disaffection: the passage of the Enrollment and Conscription Act. A draft. So by the 4th of July that year, with word that R.E. Lee was at the head of a Confederate army in Pennsylvania, and U.S. Grant’s siege dragging on and on down at Vicksburg, Mississippi, not everyone felt like celebrating independence. Too many saw no end to the conflict, and now, men were going to be forced to fight in it. Taken altogether, a cauldron of simmering, seething fuel - all that was needed was a spark, and it came on a Monday, the 13th of July. What followed, still the largest civil and most racially charged urban disturbance in American history. And now, its story.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Samuel J. Tilden
    Samuel F.B. Morse
    Horatio Seymour
    George Opdyke
    Thomas C. Acton
    Horace Greeley
     
    Source For This Episode:

    James McCague, The Second Rebellion: The Story of the New York City Draft Riots of 1863, 1968
     
    For Additional Reading:

    Iver Bernstein, The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War, 1990
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 53 min
    28 - "Useless! Useless!" - The Flight of John Wilkes Booth

    28 - "Useless! Useless!" - The Flight of John Wilkes Booth

    About this episode: 
    For John Wilkes Booth, time was ticking down to the moment he knew he would act. At a tavern next to Ford’s Theatre, he asked for a bottle of whiskey and water. While steeling his nerve for what he would soon do, there came a voice from the back of the dark and smoky bar: “You’ll never be the actor your father was!”
    Booth smiled, nodded, and said quietly, “When I leave the stage, I will be the most famous man in America.”
    In less than an hour, he would be the most wanted man in America. For this episode, we look back over time’s shoulder - from about 10:15 in the evening of April the 14th, 1865 to the sun’s rise on the morning of the 26th. This is the story of selected dramatic events within those fateful thirteen days. And now: the flight, capture, and killing of this democracy’s first presidential assassin.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    John Wilkes Booth
    Davey Herold
    Samuel Mudd
    Edward P. Doherty 
    Boston Corbett
     
    Other References From This Episode

    Map of John Wilkes Booth route, April 14th - April 26th, 1865
     

    Wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 43 min
    27 - April 14th, 1865

    27 - April 14th, 1865

    About this episode: 
    Eight decades ago, popular historian Bruce Catton, and journalist/author Jim Bishop wrote works that profoundly affected my life and future profession: teaching. Catton's This Hallowed Ground and Bishop's The Day Lincoln Was Shot were both written in such dramatic prose that the events, people - indeed, the very era itself - came alive for me. Even today, both authors and their works reinforce my passionate belief that history is alive, relevant, and should be conveyed as a story. For this episode, it is with great reverence and pleasure that I take my lead from Bishop's book, which was published in 1955, sold over 3 million copies, and was translated into 16 languages. He began his research for the day Lincoln was shot in 1930. Then, after two decades had passed, in 1953, in an effort to expand his research, Bishop began reading seven million words of government documents. The result: an absolutely riveting hour-by-hour account of Abraham Lincoln's last 24 hours. In respectful tribute to the two authors that most influenced my professional coming-of-age, and stoked my drive to recount history as a story, I dedicate this effort. With Bishop's work as my central point of reference, here: hour-by-hour, from seven in the morning of April the 14th to 7:22 and 10 seconds the next morning, is the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    John Wilkes Booth
    William H. Seward
    George Atzerodt
    David Herold
    Lewis Paine/Payne
    Mary Surratt
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 53 min
    26 - Clash In The Ozarks - Pea Ridge

    26 - Clash In The Ozarks - Pea Ridge

    About this episode: 
    E.B. and Barbara Long’s monumental The Civil War Day By Day reveals that there were 10,455 military events during the American Civil War. Here’s a few examples selected from the 16 classifications that they used: there were 79 captures, 727 expeditions, 6337 skirmishes, 76 major battles, and 29 campaigns. No surprise that Virginia was the stage for the most military events. Though Tennessee was second, most students of the conflict are more aware of those events in the eastern theater. However, for this episode, we take you west to The Trans-Mississippi - to an active theater of the war that may surprise you. The statistics bear me out. The third most active state for Civil War events was Missouri, fourth was Mississippi, and the fifth serves as our stage today: Arkansas. For this episode, we recount a clash that may well have slipped under your Civil War radar - a 2-day fight which produced profound consequences. Today, we make our way to northwestern Arkansas - to Elkhorn Tavern, and the Battle of Pea Ridge.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Henry W. Halleck
    Samuel Ryan Curtis
    Peter J. Osterhaus
    Sterling Price
    Benjamin McCulloch
    Earl Van Dorn
    Albert Pike
     
    Other References From This Episode
     Leetown - March 7th, 1862
     

    Elkhorn Tavern - March 7th, 1862
     

    Elkhorn Tavern - March 8th, 1862
     
    **Maps credit: Steven Stanley of The Civil War Trust
    **Picture credit: On The Battery by Andy Thomas
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 48 min
    25 - Assassination from the Bottom of the Sea - The Hunley

    25 - Assassination from the Bottom of the Sea - The Hunley

    About this episode: 
    At the beginning of the American Civil War, the Confederate States of America were faced with creating an army and, even more daunting, a navy. Starting essentially from scratch, it needed warships to defend ports and harbors, and a merchant marine to establish desperately needed trade with foreign nations. Mr. Lincoln ordered a blockade to negate both objectives, and in response, southern political and military administrators turned to radical naval design and innovation. The construction of ironclads was one response. Another: the very source for this episode. This is the story of the Confederacy’s desperate attempt to break the Union blockade - the first submersible to sink an enemy vessel. This is the incredible story of the H.L. Hunley.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Horace Lawson Hunley
    Franklin Buchanan
    P.G.T. Beauregard
    George E. Dixon
    Clive Cussler
     
    Other References From This Episode
     
     Recommendation for Further Reading
     
    **Picture credit: Hunley.org
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 48 min
    24 - Misery at Murfreesboro - the Battle of Stones River

    24 - Misery at Murfreesboro - the Battle of Stones River

    About this episode: 
    For Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the summer and fall of 1862 was a veritable roller coaster ride of emotion, from glimmering hope to hand-wringing despair. For Davis, the Confederate summer offensive may well have been the South’s greatest chance for foreign recognition - but by the end of October, that moment had passed. For Lincoln, far too cautious and deliberate generals allowed retreating Confederate armies to escape from Maryland and Kentucky. Both presidents had to accept that the conflict had no end in sight. And yet, as 1862 drew to a close, both saw opportunity in central Tennessee. Fought in weather that had to match the mood of weary men, officers, presidents, and American people, this is the story of the clash along the banks of Stones River. This is the story of the Battle of Murfreesboro. ----more----
     
    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Braxton Bragg
    Don Carlos Buell
    Willian Rosecrans
    Philip Sheridan
    Leonidas Polk
    Julius P. Garesché
     
    Other References From This Episode

     Actions on December 31st, 1862 - 8 a.m.
     

    Actions on December 31st, 1862 - 11 a.m.
     

    Actions on December 31st, 1862 - 4 p.m.
     

    Actions on January 2nd, 1863 - 4 p.m.
     

    Actions on January 2nd, 1863 - 4:45 p.m.
     
    *** Maps Source: Hal Jespersen, http://www.cwmaps.com/
     

    Recommendation for Further Reading
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 47 min

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