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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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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!

    101 The Civil War: The Monitor and McClellan on the Move

    101 The Civil War: The Monitor and McClellan on the Move

    In our last episode we spoke of the interest in Ironclads. In this episode we focus on their epic clash. While it ended in a draw, the echoes of that clash had a profound effect on navies around the world. The age of the wooden ship was over. Once the threat of the CSS Virginia was nullified, General McClellan began his march on Richmond. Overly cautious and far too methodical for President Lincoln's taste, It took well into the summer before he was knocking at Richmond's door. With his opponent, General Johnston, wounded, McClellan would know face its most talented opponent, Robert E. Lee. 
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    • 21 min
    100 Celebrating the centennial episode of the podcast!

    100 Celebrating the centennial episode of the podcast!

    We have hit the 100 episode mark! Thank you dear listeners for downloading the previous 99 episodes that concentrate on our country's military past. In this episode, we speak of my journey in the field of military history as well as some podcast business. The patron system will change, giving you all more flexibility if you would like to donate to the podcast. We will continue our journey down the timeline, so stay tuned for more content!
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    • 20 min
    099 The Civil War: McClellan Moves South; the CSS Virginia is in the way

    099 The Civil War: McClellan Moves South; the CSS Virginia is in the way

    Let's return east to Virginia. At the beginning of 1862, George McClellan was sick with Typhoid Fever, which Lincoln took advantage of and began exercising his authority to get McClellan's plans on paper. After a considerable amount of push and pull, McClellan revealed his plans - doing an end run to Richmond through the York Peninsula. While a bold plan, it left Lincoln nervous. Before the Army could move, however, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia deterred the Union plan. We will set up the ironclad's story and carry it on in a future episode.
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    • 29 min
    098 The Civil War: Shiloh

    098 The Civil War: Shiloh

    One of the iconic battles of the Civil War is Shiloh. Grant had seen nothing but success since he began his campaign at the beginning of the year. That run would come to an abrupt halt at Shiloh in April of 1862. Desperate to stop Grant, Albert Sidney Johnston was able to assemble an army and attacked. While the Confederates were able to gain an edge over Grant with a surprise attack, Union troops doggedly defended their ground. As the battle dragged on, Johnston was killed and command passed to PGT Beauregard who put a halt to operations. The next day, reinforced, Grant pushed Beauregard back. While Grant was stung by criticism, and demoted, he learned from his mistakes and showed what he was made of sterner stuff. Take a listen!
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    • 25 min
    097 The Civil War: Closing the Mississippi River

    097 The Civil War: Closing the Mississippi River

    U.S. Grant's move against Forts Henry and Donelson was quickly followed by moves at both ends of the Mississippi River. Commodore Foote continued his drive down the river, moving against Confederate fortifications at Island Number 10 and Fort Pillow, opening the river to Memphis and beyond. At the delta of the Mississippi, David G. Farragut, moved his fleet past the forts on the main channel, opening up the New Orleans, the largest port in the Confederacy. It was a critical move that hurt the Confederacies ability to defend the critical corridors into the heartland of the south. Take a listen!
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    • 21 min
    096 The Civil War: 1862 Begins - the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson

    096 The Civil War: 1862 Begins - the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson

    With the beginning of 1862, Presidents Lincoln and Davis wanted to see results for their respective nations. Unfortunately, the year would begin with a critical Confederate defeat. U.S. Grant successfully unhinged Confederate held forts on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers - Forts Henry and Donelson, blowing a hole in Confederate plans. Grant's successful campaign secured Kentucky and opened up Tennessee for the Union. Grant's star was on the rise. Take a listen!
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

MikeGilbertson ,

Worth your time and attention

Great overview of some key subjects in American Military history. I especially enjoy the recommendations for further reading and research at the end of the episode.

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

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