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Portraits of Blue & Grey, hosted by Christopher Moore, is a biographical Civil War podcast that examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era.

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    • 4.7 • 313 Ratings

Portraits of Blue & Grey, hosted by Christopher Moore, is a biographical Civil War podcast that examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era.

    The New Mexico Campaign: Good Intentions, Bad Logistics, Ugly Results

    The New Mexico Campaign: Good Intentions, Bad Logistics, Ugly Results

    Portraits of Blue & Grey makes its triumphant return with a look at the New Mexico Campaign's good intentions, bad logistics, and ugly results. While we're at it, we'll explore civil war in Ol' Mexico, Napoleon III's imperialist opportunism, and figure out how a Habsburg archduke briefly became Emperor of Mexico.
    "General Sibley. He looks dead." I definitely should have re-watched the movie before recording the episode.
    If you have questions or comments about the show, you can reach us at blueandgreypodcast@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    The St. Albans Raid (Guest-Starring Jesse James)

    The St. Albans Raid (Guest-Starring Jesse James)

    In this episode, we start with what was supposed to be a short discussion of the James Gang--particularly their involvement in the Missouri guerilla fighting. Then, we look at one of the most unusual happenings of the Civil War: the Confederate raid on the sleepy town of St. Albans, Vermont. As Civil War raids go, though, the St. Albans Raid stands out. And not so much because of the setting but because the purpose of the raid was good, ol' fashioned bank robbery.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Dahlgren Affair and the 1864 Union Raid on Richmond

    The Dahlgren Affair and the 1864 Union Raid on Richmond

    By early 1864, POW populations in Civil War prison camps had exploded, and conditions in the camps were abysmal. In an attempt to liberate captured Union soldiers held at nearby Belle Isle prison, Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and Col. Ulric Dahlgren plan a daring raid on Richmond. When the raid doesn't go as planned, suspected ulterior objectives lead to the Dahlgren Affair -- one of the most enduring controversies of the Civil War.
    Historians still debate whether the Dahlgren Affair was a sinister, under-handed plot or a U.S. Civil War version of a false-flag operation. The truth remains a mystery, but we'll do our best to get to the bottom of it in this episode of Portraits of Blue & Grey.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Raiders of the Lost Cause; Part B

    Raiders of the Lost Cause; Part B

    Part B takes us through the end of the short life of rebel cavalier Jeb Stuart. Then, Chambersburg meets its unfortunate fate, courtesy of Jubal Early.
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    • 55 min
    Raiders of the Lost Cause; Part A

    Raiders of the Lost Cause; Part A

    For the most part, towns north of the Mason-Dixon line sustained a lot less damage during the Civil War than their counterparts down South. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, though, may be the single most glaring exception. Jeb Stuart paid a visit in 1862 and was a fairly polite guest, as military occupiers go--even taking the time to sign the guestbook at the small town's most high-brow hotel. But when Jubal Early's men came calling two years later, the stay was much less cordial.
    In Part A of Raiders of the Lost Cause, we get acquainted with James Ewell Brown ("JEB") Stuart--one of the war's most colorful figures. Then, we follow Stuart through his 1862 Chambersburg visit. In Part B (coming soon!), we'll take a look at the experience of poor Chambersburg, PA, for the remainder of the way.
    The next few episodes will focus on famous, interesting, and entertaining raids of the Civil War. Look for future shows on (in no particular order) Grierson's Raid, the Dahlgren Affair, the St. Albans Raid, and maybe something on the sinking of the CSS Albemarle.
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    • 56 min
    Nathan Bedford Forrest, Part 4

    Nathan Bedford Forrest, Part 4

    Part 4 of our series on Nathan Bedford Forrest picks back up with Forrest continuing to frustrate William T. Sherman and the series of Union cavaliers dispatched to neutralize him. As Union might becomes overwhelming, Confederate armies are forced to surrender, and the danger of Forrest assuming the role of guerilla leader looms large. Instead, he tries to quietly slip back into the life of a planter and businessman. Along the way, Forrest dips his toes into post-war politics and becomes the first "Grand Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan.
    You can reach Portraits of Blue & Grey at blueandgreypodcast@gmail.com with questions or comments about the show.
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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

Jezz74 ,

Entertaining and, well, very neutral.

I decided to start listening to this podcast starting with the Nathan Bedford Forrest episodes (1-4). I figure if this starts out or becomes the typical one sided (either way) outlook, then I’m not wasting my time on it. Well…it didn’t! The podcast felt as if it stayed neutral all the time. Giving you the facts and historical accounts from both sides. Breaking down the Fort Pillow battle to what it really was, but at the same time also exposing Forrest’s faults along the way. It takes you from his boyhood approach to life to his post war mind frame. I feel like it neither paints him as the villain or a hero. It shows him to be just a man. Albeit one colorful character of a man…love him/hate him…these podcasts exposed and covered much about how Forrest was scapegoated as well as showing many of his faults and shortcomings.

If this is how these podcasts are going to go, then I look forward to listening to the rest of them. They’re edited professionally and they’re not just informative, they’re quite entertaining. I would have much preferred to have had this in school. The narrator keeps you in the story and not bored. Much more like the guest lecturers I saw in college and not my high school history teacher (who was clearly looking to just earn their paycheck).

Lastly…if you want an insight into the American civil war….this looks to be a great way to gather that information. Check it out for yourself. I bet you’ll like it as well!

Omne Ignotum ,

Excellent Civil War Podcast

I love this podcast: easy to listen to, thorough and interesting, and I enjoy his very subtle cultural references and quips. This show isn’t dry and boring. Keep up the good work!

Pittsburgh_Joe ,

Great Civil War podcast

Great podcast to get a better understanding of those who were involved in the Civil War. Very insightful.

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