Category Archives: Civil War

A step inside the ALLM under construction

Here’s a little sneak peek the folks in LMU’s University Advancement division put together for us.

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New podcast from the Abraham Lincoln Association

It’s called “Lincoln Log,” a series of conversations with Lincoln scholars.  They’re also uploading the interviews to Youtube.  Here’s the first episode, featuring David Blight and his work on Frederick Douglass.

 

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Civil War Connect #7: Health and disease in Civil War prisons

In the seventh installment of Civil War Connect, the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine‘s Jake Wynn discuss health (or the lack thereof) in Civil War prisons.

 

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Charles Royster, 1944-2020

We lost one of America’s finest historians this year.

Some time ago word went around on Twitter that Charles Royster had passed away, but I didn’t see anything official until somebody passed along this obit from the AHA.  Royster was Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University.

He completed his Ph.D. at Berkeley under Robert Middlekauff, writing a monumental dissertation—monumental both in its importance and its size—on the Continental Army.  The dissertation became the basis of his book A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783, which won the Francis Parkman Prize, the National Historical Society Book Prize, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award.

That volume alone would have been sufficient to establish him as one of the premier scholars of American history, but his Civil War study The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans was just as acclaimed as his first book, winning both the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize.  He was also the author of Light-Horse Harry Lee and the Legacy of the American Revolution and The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A History of George Washington’s Times.

I first encountered Royster’s work when I was fresh out of college.  At that time I was a newly-minted aspiring historian who had decided to study the American Revolution.  On a family trip to Williamsburg I found a copy of A Revolutionary People at War in a bookstore.  It probably had a bigger impact on me than any academic book I’ve read, whether at that time or since.  It was one of my first experiences with a work of history that asked such probing questions and constructed such meaningful answers.

Sometimes, when you’re just beginning to engage with a field, a book will smash its way into your intellect like an asteroid, but then you revisit it later when you’re more seasoned and find the magic’s worn off.  You decide it must have made a big impression only because you read it when you were green and had a narrow frame of reference.  That’s never been the case with me and A Revolutionary People.  Every time I take it off the shelf, it’s as powerful and insightful as it seemed before I started graduate school.  To this day, I think it’s an unparalleled analysis of the Continental Army and its role in defining what the Revolution meant.

The SMH devoted a panel to A Revolutionary People at the first academic history conference I ever attended.  I heard Royster himself would be there, and brought my copy to ask if he’d sign it.  Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.  I regret that I never got to meet him and thank him for his body of work.  But that body of work remains.  I’m sure people will be turning to it for as long as there’s an interest in the American past.

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Civil War Connect #6: African Americans and Medical Care in the Civil War

In the sixth installment of Civil War Connect, the ALLM’s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Jake Wynn discuss medicine and the African American experience in the Civil War.

 

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Civil War Connect #5: Civil War hospitals

In the fifth installment of Civil War Connect, the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine‘s Jake Wynn discuss hospitals during the Civil War.

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Civil War Connect #4: Civil War nurses

In the fourth installment of Civil War Connect, the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine‘s Jake Wynn discuss nurses in the war.

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Civil War Connect #3: Abraham Lincoln and medicine

In the third installment of Civil War Connect, the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine‘s Jake Wynn discuss Abraham Lincoln and medicine.

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Civil War Connect #2: Civilians respond to war

Here’s the second installment of virtual conversations between the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Jake Wynn.  This episode focuses on civilians’ responses to the war.

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A conversation on disease in the Civil War

Museum buildings might be closed, but that doesn’t mean their staff members can’t get together for a virtual chat about history.

Join the ALLM‘s own Natalie Sweet and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine‘s Jay Quinn as they talk about dealing with disease during the Civil War.

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