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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 • 33 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!

    112 The Civil War: Campaigning in the Far West

    112 The Civil War: Campaigning in the Far West

    Geographically, to this point, most of our focus has been on the campaigns in the Mississippi River Valley and the mid-Atlantic states. In this episode we explore what was happening in the far west. In 1862, a Confederate force launched an offensive into the territory of New Mexico. The plan was bold, but risky. The Confederates were going to depend upon captured supplies to sustain them. After occupying Tucson, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, it looked like they were going to succeed. Alarmed, reinforcements from Colorado and California halted the Confederate advance at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. Whatever chance the Confederates had, faded. Take a listen!
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    • 22 min
    111 The Civil War: The Navy in Action, 1863

    111 The Civil War: The Navy in Action, 1863

    In this episode we return to the sea and look at what was going on to stem the tide of Confederate blockade runners and commerce raiders. Knowing that Union commerce was vulnerable, a small number of Confederate raiders made their reputations known around the world. Confederate raiders were enough of a problem to ratchet up insurance rates and cause some worry among Union officials. In the second part of the episode we focus on the various attempts to close the port of Charleston. Take a listen!
    Have a question, comment, or compliment, contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!

    • 24 min
    110: The Civil War - Logistics

    110: The Civil War - Logistics

    The Civil War was as much as struggle to keep armies supplied as it was to vanquish an adversary. Logistics during the Civil War had many modern qualities, in particular, using railroads to supply and move armies around the country. Both the Union and the Confederacy used their railroad networks to keep their armies fed. Unfortunately, the Confederates were not as well prepared as the Union due to issues with rolling stock and the mileage of track laid. Take a listen to learn about this neglected but important topic.
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    • 22 min
    109 The Civil War: Seeing the Elephant - Death and Dying in the Civil War

    109 The Civil War: Seeing the Elephant - Death and Dying in the Civil War

    The great leveler in the Civil War, or any war for that matter, is getting wounded or killed on the battlefield. In this episode we focus on what was going through a soldier's mind as they prepared for battle. We also discuss the medical establishment and how they handled wounded, and preventing disease. While we tend to see Civil War medicine through the lens of the 21st Century, making the 1860s seem primitive, in fact, the medical establishment made great strides in trauma care. It is a difficult topic to talk about, but necessary. Take a listen!
    Have a question, comment, or compliment, contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!

    • 23 min
    108: The Civil War - Life in the Field for Billy Yank and Johnny Reb

    108: The Civil War - Life in the Field for Billy Yank and Johnny Reb

    In this episode we will return to our mini-series on the experiences of ordinary soldiers with a focus on camp life, food, and recreation. For a majority of the men who served, military life was foreign. Experiences in camp and training molded these men into soldiers. Thankfully, due to a rise in literacy, we have a rich tapestry of memoirs, letters, and diaries that tell the stories of service. Take a listen!
    Have a question, comment, or compliment, contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!

    • 24 min
    107 The Civil War - Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Join Up

    107 The Civil War - Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Join Up

    We are taking a break from battles and leaders and looking at the men who composed the armies of the North and the South during the Civil War. This episode will be the first of several that look at the lives of the ordinary soldiers. It seems appropriate to start with a broad overview of the motivations that compelled men to serve. On the flip side of the coin, we will also discuss conscription in the north and the south. Take a listen! 
    Have a question, comment, or compliment, contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 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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