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History is, indeed, a story. With his unique voice and engaging delivery, historian and veteran storyteller Fred Kiger will help the compelling stories of the American Civil War come alive in each and every episode. Filled with momentous issues and repercussions that still resonate with us today, this series will feature events and people from that period and will strive to make you feel as if you were there.

Threads From The National Tapestry: Stories From The American Civil War Fred Kiger

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History is, indeed, a story. With his unique voice and engaging delivery, historian and veteran storyteller Fred Kiger will help the compelling stories of the American Civil War come alive in each and every episode. Filled with momentous issues and repercussions that still resonate with us today, this series will feature events and people from that period and will strive to make you feel as if you were there.

    037 - The Confederacy's "Greatest" Surrender - The Bennett Place

    037 - The Confederacy's "Greatest" Surrender - The Bennett Place

    About this episode: 
    It was a Tuesday, April 11, 1865 - only two day after Robert E. Lee had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia.  Down in North Carolina, with Major General William T. Sherman’s relentless blue wave only some 30 miles to the southeast of Raleigh, NC, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s men of the Army of Tennessee began to march in and through the Old North State’s capital.  Women, lining both sides of Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, greeted them.  They handed out meat, bread and tobacco.  On the western edge of town, a favorite place for soldiers to linger as they poured westward - at St. Mary’s, a school for women - where dozens of young ladies doled out food, water and encouragement.  Before them, Johnston’s ragtag force acted soldierly but, one of the young ladies, unable to mask the reality of what she was witnessing, gasped, “My God! Is this the funeral procession of the Southern Confederacy?”  Indeed, it was, for Johnston and Sherman’s men were on the final stretch of road that would lead to a rustic dwelling near Durham’s Station - the Bennett Place.  There in the North Carolina Piedmont region was the humblest of stages for the surrender of the last major Confederate army and, numerically speaking, the largest surrender of the great and terrible American Civil War.  Here, the story of those last days.  
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Zebulon Vance
    David L. Swain
    George Stoneman
    Smith D. Atkins
    John A. Logan
    William H. Battle
     
    For Further Reading - May We Suggest:

    This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place by Mark L. Bradley
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 50 min
    036 - Avenging Angel - John Brown

    036 - Avenging Angel - John Brown

    About this episode: 
    The stage: the town of Alton in southern Illinois. The date of the act committed:  the 7th of November, 1837. On that Tuesday, an angry mob murdered Elijah Lovejoy, the Presbyterian minister who was the founder of the Illinois State Anti-Slave Society. Two days later, some 500 miles east in Hudson Ohio, a church congregation held a memorial service to honor the murdered activist. Owen Brown opened the gathering with a long, tearful prayer. At its conclusion, there was a long silence. Then, in the back, Owen Brown’s son rose and, stiffly, raised his right hand, then vowed, “Here before God, in the presence of these witnesses, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery.” It was 37-year-old John Brown’s first public statement on the inflammatory issue and, as time would tell, his message and actions would be ominous. And yet, on that Tuesday and in that service, this was John Brown of Hudson, Ohio.  It would take time and events to fully create the John Brown of “Bleeding” Kansas and Harpers Ferry.  From crusader to Old Testament avenging angel, this is his story.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Gerrit Smith
    John Brown, Jr.
    William Lloyd Garrison
    Frederick Douglass
    John B. Floyd
    Watson Brown
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 53 min
    035 - Nathan Bedford Forrest - Part 2

    035 - Nathan Bedford Forrest - Part 2

    About this episode: 
    Thus far, we have offered anecdotal insight as to Bedford Forrest’s humble origins: his makeup and antebellum experiences. We’ve detailed his entrance into the great conflict and his meteoric rise to command - his fights at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Fallen Timbers, and his dogged, relentless pursuit of Colonel Abel Streight’s Union command. Now, we’ll delve into the remainder of his Civil War career as well as his post-war life. Both periods, perhaps unsurprisingly, are laced with controversy. And so, we pick up the fiery story that is Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Wizard of the Saddle.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Braxton Bragg
    Joseph Wheeler
    William Sooy Smith
    Samuel D. Sturgis
    Andrew Jackson Smith
    James Harrison Wilson
     
    Additional References In This Episode:
    That Devil Forrest: Life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest - by John A. Wyeth
    Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography - by Jack Hurst
    The Confederacy's Greatest Calvaryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest - by Brian Steel Wills
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 43 min
    034 - Nathan Bedford Forrest - Part 1

    034 - Nathan Bedford Forrest - Part 1

    About this episode: 
    Major General William T. Sherman, the officer who disemboweled the Confederacy with his marches across Georgia and through the Carolinas, understood the nature of total war. That uniquely qualified him to offer assessment of one of the most remarkable and yet controversial officers in all of the Confederacy. During the war, Sherman spat out, “that devil must be hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the Federal Treasury!” Later, in reflection, he offered that that devil, militarily speaking, was the most remarkable man the Civil War produced on either side. For this episode, part 1 of the man and officer who, particularly in these times, remains a lightning rod for knee-jerk-like reaction - both pro and con. This is the story of The Wizard of the Saddle. This is the story of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    William T. Sherman
    President Andrew Jackson
    Gideon Pillow
    Abel D. Streight
    Emma Sansom
    D. H. Hill
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 36 min
    May We Suggest - Bullets And Bandages: The Aid Stations and Field Hospitals at Gettysburg

    May We Suggest - Bullets And Bandages: The Aid Stations and Field Hospitals at Gettysburg

    About:
    Through our continuing research on The Civil War, we here at Threads From The National Tapestry will come across some truly remarkable works that deserve to be shared with you, our loyal listeners. Our first such sharing sets a high bar for all future recommendations to match: the book Bullets And Bandages: The Aid Stations and Field Hospitals at Gettysburg by James Gindlesperger is an impressive and enlightening look at the Battle of Gettysburg from a unique perspective. Here, Fred Kiger will share his thoughts and reflections on this new book from Blair Publishing.
    You can purchase the book here.
     
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    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 9 min
    33 - "The Union Is Dissolved!" - South Carolina Secedes

    33 - "The Union Is Dissolved!" - South Carolina Secedes

    About this episode: 
    For those in power in the state of South Carolina, the November 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln was the final straw. Convinced that he and the Republican party were certain to forever change their economic, political, and cultural world, it was time to act. And so, even before the election year was out, the Palmetto State initiated the process to do what today, few Americans - if any - would even begin to consider. For this episode, the story of South Carolina’s momentous (and as consequences would demonstrate, calamitous) December decision: secession.
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    Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Governor Francis Pickens
    Edmund Ruffin
    James Petigru
    President James Buchanan
    Robert Anderson
     
    Get The Guide:
    Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.
     
    Producer: Dan Irving

    • 41 min

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46 Ratings

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