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Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!

America at War Marc Blackburn

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    • 4.5 • 37 Ratings

Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!

    124 2020 - A Year in Review

    124 2020 - A Year in Review

    In this episode we provide an overview of what we accomplished in 2020 and what you all can look forward to in 2022! Take a listen.
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    • 11 min
    The Civil War: Gettysburg Part IV: The Afternoon of the First Day

    The Civil War: Gettysburg Part IV: The Afternoon of the First Day

    Let's move on to the afternoon of the first day at Gettysburg. While troops from the Army of the Potomac sucessfully stopped the initial probes of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, it came at a tremendous cost. Corps Commander John Reynolds was dead and his command paid a high price for success. With the coming of the afternoon, the Confederates pressed their attack on Seminary Ridge and Oak Hill, eventually breaking the Union line. Late in the day Winfield Scott Hancock reset the line on Cemetery Hill, immediately south of Gettysburg, resetting the Union line and anchoring the defenses for the second day. Take a listen!
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    • 23 min
    122 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part III: The Morning of the First Day

    122 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part III: The Morning of the First Day

    In this episode we focus on the morning of the first day at Gettysburg. Robert E. Lee and George Meade hoped that their actions would entice the other side to battle. In fact, it became a meeting engagement as the leading elements of both armies bumped into each other at Gettysburg. Rather than retreat from adversity, Henry Heth attacked, committing the Army of Northern Viriginia to the offensive. We also spend some time on how to experience the battlefield at Gettysburg. Take a listen!
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    • 24 min
    121 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part II: Armies on the Move

    121 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part II: Armies on the Move

    We are continuing the story of Gettysburg. As Robert E. Lee headed north, the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, Joe Hooker, was in trouble. In a whispering campaign in the aftermath of Hooker's defeat at Chancellorsville, the Army, the President, and his administration had lost faith in him and he was replaced by George G. Meade on the eve of Gettysburg. In other issues, Lee, having let General Stuart go on his own cavalry raid, was now blind as his army spreadout across south central Pennsylvania. As Lee struggled to find a position to locate and fix the Army of the Potomac, the fringes of both armies were ready to meet at a little place called Gettysburg.
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    • 27 min
    120 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part I: Preludes

    120 The Civil War: Gettysburg Part I: Preludes

    We have finally arrived at Gettysburg. In the first of several episodes, we will start by exploring Lee's reasoning behind his extended raid into the keystone state. This was the Confederacy's last major raid into a northern state, so it garners a great deal of attention in the history of the Civil War. While not as critical as it seems, it was nevertheless an important campaign. Lee took advantage of the tide of good fortune in the aftermath of his victory at Chancellorsville and was able to quickly pivot and move the Army of Northern Virginia north. Please take a listen! 
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    • 28 min
    119 The Civil War: Vicksburg Part IV

    119 The Civil War: Vicksburg Part IV

    In this episode, we finish up the story of the siege of Vicksburg. Once Grant crossed the Mississippi River with his army, it appeared that Vicksburg was doomed. In a brilliant campaign of maneuver, Grant isolated Vicksburg from the rest of the Confederacy. While worried about General Johnston's army, the Confederates were unable to coordinate a strategy to save the city. After an initial, bloody attempt to breech the city's fortifications, Grant settled in for siege. Worried about the health of his army and the civilian population, Pemberton surrendered to Grant on July 4, 1863. It was a key moment in the war. The Confederacy was split. The South's quest for independence was in jeopardy.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

DPSSM ,

Very good military history

This podcast does a good job at being ‘incisive’ with a few viewpoints, while being otherwise unbiased. It strikes about the right level of general knowledge and specific details, at least for my tastes.

Poppa Danku ,

One of My Favorite Podcasts

I very much enjoy this show, I started listening about 2 weeks ago and can’t stop. If you’re a history buff, interested in the evolution of modern combat, or just curious I can almost guarantee you’ll enjoy Mark’s commentary of my country’s history. Also, I very much do appreciate how Mark uploads each episode in chronological order, so listeners don’t have to manually tap on the next episode and can have it okay never automatically. Solid 5/5 from me

TheGAGLine ,

A most enjoyable podcast

A very listenable and enjoyable podcast on American Military History. I'm currently on episode 50 and am addicted to this podcast. The podcaster is eloquent and pithy.
Keep up the good work

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