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The Civil War was the most important even in American history. That's because it decided what kind of nation America would be and whether or not the promise of universal liberty would be fulfilled. And what decided the outcome of the Civil War was its battles.

Hosted by history professors James Early and Scott Rank, this podcast explores the ten most important battles in the Civil War. It features every major conflict, from the initial shots fired at the Battle of First Bull Run to the end of the war at Appomattox Court House. Key battles include Shiloh, the Seven Days Battle, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Chickamauga & Chattanooga, and the Overland Campaign. James and Scott explore additional topics such as emancipation, the naval wars of the Civil War, and weapons technology. Plus they get deep into the biographical backgrounds of the Union and Confederate generals (Grant, Sherman, McClellan, Thomas, Lee, Jackson, Beauregard, and Longstreet).

Key Battles of the Civil War James Early & Scott Rank

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    • 4.7, 169 Ratings

The Civil War was the most important even in American history. That's because it decided what kind of nation America would be and whether or not the promise of universal liberty would be fulfilled. And what decided the outcome of the Civil War was its battles.

Hosted by history professors James Early and Scott Rank, this podcast explores the ten most important battles in the Civil War. It features every major conflict, from the initial shots fired at the Battle of First Bull Run to the end of the war at Appomattox Court House. Key battles include Shiloh, the Seven Days Battle, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Chickamauga & Chattanooga, and the Overland Campaign. James and Scott explore additional topics such as emancipation, the naval wars of the Civil War, and weapons technology. Plus they get deep into the biographical backgrounds of the Union and Confederate generals (Grant, Sherman, McClellan, Thomas, Lee, Jackson, Beauregard, and Longstreet).

    Episode 22: How the Civil War Lives on Today

    Episode 22: How the Civil War Lives on Today

    In this very final episode, James and Scott discuss the lasting effects of the Civil War and why it is the single most important event in the history of the United States. The Revolutionary War may have answered the question of whether America would become an independent nation, but the Civil War answered the question of what kind of nation it would be.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 21: What Became of the Men Who Wore the Blue and the Grey

    Episode 21: What Became of the Men Who Wore the Blue and the Grey

    In this epilogue episode James and Scott talk about the Union and Confederate generals whom we've gotten to know so well after the war finished. They became presidents, professors, bankrupt businessmen, assassination victims, and everything in between.

    • 53 min
    Episode 20: The Naval War

    Episode 20: The Naval War

    The Civil War is now finished but our series is not. Scott and James discuss an aspect of the Civil War that for the most part didn’t tie into our main discussion: the naval war. Learn how battles occurred on American Rivers, gulfs, shorelines, and even as far away as Alaska.

    • 47 min
    Episode 19: African Americans in Uniform

    Episode 19: African Americans in Uniform

    As the Civil War came to an end, a big question remained for the North and eventually the reunited United States. What would become of its African-American residents? Would they be given full legal rights or only partial? This question was largely answered by the contributions of African-Americans in uniform.

    • 52 min
    Episode 18: The Overland Campaign

    Episode 18: The Overland Campaign

    It's now 1864. Lincoln is re-elected, and Sherman’s March to the Sea obliterated the Confederacy’s industrial base. But work remains for General Grant. He must contend with his greatest foe, Robert E. Lee. Now that Grant was directing the operations of the Army of the Potomac, Northern expectations were high. Southern expectations were also high.

    • 43 min
    Episode 17: Sherman's March to the Sea

    Episode 17: Sherman's March to the Sea

    From November to December 1864, Gen. Sherman led over 60,000 soldiers from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia in a scorched earth campaign to completely demoralized the Southern war effort. Sherman explained that they needed to “make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.”

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

FourInchesPyle ,

Great but no longer working

Big fan of the podcast but it’s not working now :(
I’m in the middle of the Gettysburg episode and it won’t load. None of them will.

FlyDiesel17 ,

Excellent of confluence of Historical Background and Personal Analysis

Absolutely GREAT series about not just the battles of the American Civil War, but a tremendous synopsis of the strategic, societal, and economic impact of the era!

Govols20 ,

Very good!

Very good learned a lot more about the civil war. Wish you went a little more in-depth about the battle of Chickamauga and talk about the battle of ringgold gap and General Patrick Cleburne.

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