Watch free American Civil War videos online

I’ve watched all of the Civil War movies available at the Internet Archive, and I can only watch Gettysburg so many times, the same is true for the parts (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) of Ken Burns’ The Civil War mini-series that are available online.

Today, I re-explored some old bookmarks:

Annenberg Media’s A Biography of America, chapters. 8 – 13.

Yale Open Courseware: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era 1845-1877. Video Library (search: Civil War; Shelby Foote)

PBS:  History Detectives; American Experience.

Youtube: Scenes from Wicked Spring; The Battle of Aiken, Littlest Rebel, Little Colonel; Gray Ghost tv series, Gettysburg of the West.

The National Geographic Special: Civil War Gold was interesting.

Don’t forget to search for “Civil War” movies at Hulu every once in awhile… they just had GLORY recently.

Spend the day putting down the Rebellion with George

One of my most favorite Civil War “journals” is How Private George W. Peck Put Down the Rebellion, Or The Funny Experiences Of A Raw Recruit.  I read it over a year ago, and I still remember how fast, funny, engaging, and quick-witted it was.

It is definitely near the top of my “MUST READ” Civil War books list.

I just learned this morning from the George W. Peck website that George was in the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, granted it was Union Cavalry, but you know how I feel about the Cavalry and George just earned another point with me.

Also of interest is the series of stories called “Peck’s Bad Boy”.  You can read the books or watch the movies for free at the internet archive.

Published in: on February 10, 2011 at 7:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pennsylvania vs. Tennessee

I am so glad that my hobby is practically free.  Aside from the occasional no-to-low cost local ACW event, there is a wealth, a veritable treasure trove, of content and information available to me for free online.

I watch ACW programs on (when are they finally going to post “U.S. Grant: Warrior” in full already!!?), spend literal hours watching/listening to Mr. Shelby Foote on, I voraciously consume ACW books at Gutenberg, the IA (movies too!), google books, (and the local library), I subscribe to several ACW pages on FB, I know of a few OCW (open course ware) sites, I visit the very active ACW community at CWDG (but I have yet to make a comment), The NPS is a great place to lose hours, as are the gold-mines at either “civilwar” site – .com or .org.

Today, I feel like getting lost in a good book…

So, should I read “Co. Aytch: Maury Grays, First Tennessee, or a side show of the big show“, or “Enemies in the rear: or A golden circle squared, a story of southeastern Pennsylvania in the time of our civil war” – since I am a Pennsylvania Dutch girl…?

Or maybe I should take the 4.4 pound, 744 page book: “The American Civil War – 365 Days from the Library of Congress” outside and spend the day under a shade tree.

Mr. Shelby Foote

I would never dream of either referring to or addressing the highly regarded Mr. Foote by his given name unless invited to do, and since I am unable to speak to ghosts – Mr. Foote it shall be. (However, in the interest of clarity: I refer to none other than prolific author and distinguished gentleman, Mr. Shelby Foote.) I am convinced that Mr. Foote must have been the among the finest of Confederate Generals in a past life to have effused such depth and breadth of understanding of such intimate knowledge in this one, therefore, he is my favorite Civil War “persona”. I could spend hours listening to him describe anything as mundane as paint drying, and if you could too – you will find more than 4 exquisite HOURS of Mr. Foote discussing more enthralling topics via the advanced search page on

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Secession Question

Both have value, but which is historically more important –

The date when a State seceded from the Union, or when it was admitted to the Confederacy?

January 1861 was a hot and busy month, the following states passed Secession Ordinances:

Mississippi, January 9.

Florida, January 10.

Alabama, January 11.

Georgia, January 19.

Louisiana, January 26.

And on January 16, the “Legislature of Arkansas voted to submit the question of a State Convention to the people” 1, but… on January 30, the “Legislature of North Carolina passed a bill submitting the question of a State Convention to the people – the first recognition the the seceding States that people had any right to a voice in the matter“.  2


On January 2,”the Legislature of Delaware passed a joint resolution in opposition to Secession” 3, and on January 5,”Gov. Hicks, of Maryland, published a strong Union address to the people, refusing to call a Convention”. 4


Read a fascinating play-by-play of all the action in R. S. Fisher’s book, A Chronological History of the Civil War in America over at the Internet Archive.



1; 2; 3; 4: Fisher, Richard S., A Chronological History of the Civil War in America (Johnson and Ward, 1863) p. 14; 16; 11; 12.

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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November 6, 1860 – And so it begins


Results aren’t announced until November 8, but the wedge has been driven.

On November 9-11, two US Senators from South Carolina, James Chesnut Jr. and James Hammond, resigned their Senate seats in protest.

I highly recommend reading Senator Chesnut’s wife, Mary Boykin Chesnut’s A Diary From Dixie if you ever get the chance.

Civil War Movies (at the Internet Archive)

I think I found them all now…

Short Films:

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp.  (Sing along w/no sound.)
Plantation System in Southern Life.
Life in Old Louisiana.
Nor Long Remember.
A House Divided.
The Civil War.
Blue and Gray at the 75th Anniversary of Great Battle.
One Step Beyond: The Executioner.

Silent Films:

The General.
Birth of a Nation.

Feature Films:

Hearts in Bondage.

Kansas Pacific.

Arizona Kid.

Southward, Ho!.

Drums in the Deep South.


Abraham Lincoln.

Santa Fe Trail.

Hoosier Schoolmaster.

It’s a Joke Son.

Judge Priest.

Curse of Demon Mountain.


Renegade Girl.

Colonel Effingham’s Raid.

The Bushwackers.

Young Bill Hickok.


American Empire.

Abilene Town.

Honorable mentions:

I’m from Arkansas.

The Klansman.

The Proud and the Damned.
The Southerner.
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