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I read The Killer Angels in 8th grade and I ve been obsessed with Gettysburg and the Civil War ever since I have a 20 minute long If I were ever on Drunk History this would be my story tirade I go on occasionally, when I ve had some drinks and the people around me don t know the entire history of the HL Hunley, which of course they don t It s a great story, I promise I imagine watching a mid 30s woman from Oregon suddenly burst into a detailed history of the Civil War takes people aback I I read The Killer Angels in 8th grade and I ve been obsessed with Gettysburg and the Civil War ever since I have a 20 minute long If I were ever on Drunk History this would be my story tirade I go on occasionally, when I ve had some drinks and the people around me don t know the entire history of the HL Hunley, which of course they don t It s a great story, I promise I imagine watching a mid 30s woman from Oregon suddenly burst into a detailed history of the Civil War takes people aback I recently had a conversation with an old co worker who I ve known for years, but the Civil War has never come up before with us, because why would it Then he said he was going home to Franklin, Tennessee for Christmas and I said, Oh, there was a great Civil War battle there Totally useless, lots of generals died He looked at me and said, Where the hell did that come from I m no Civil War scholar, but I obviously enjoy it I was the perfect audience for this lecture from the Great Courses I can t imagine who else it would be good for There was so much information here, it seemed like you needed at least a passing knowledge of the Civil War in order to learn about the Civil War About half the lectures were straight up battle history, about flanking maneuvers and digging trenches and full frontal assaults I loved it, but I m not an objective opinion I don t know who else would like it.The narrator, Professor Gallagher, had a great point of view of the whole war and I loved hearing his opinions I especially loved his use of primary sources and his constant refrain of look at what people thought at the time The dichotomy of Confederate arguments pre vs post war was disheartening I have a pity for the South I ve never felt before I don t think it has ever really recovered from this war, a wound in its side that has festered for the last 150 years.I want to visit a battlefieldthan anything now How have I never been to one The best I can claim is Arlington Cemetery and Robert E Lee s house.Update I have now been to a battlefield YAY The Battle of Stones River outside Murfreesboro, TN Check out this anachronistic photo I took during the maneuvers of the day.Doesn t that just scream AMERICAN SOUTH Finally finished it Before this course, the Civil War was a blur to me All I knew was North v South, Union v Confederacy, and of course, slavery Professor Gallagher does a tremendous job of laying out all the major and minor characters of the war He takes you to the battlefields and the skirmishes, into the halls of congress and the senate, and into the lives of the presidents of the U.S and the Confederate states of America He dispels the myths of men like Grant, Lee, Jackson and Sherman Finally finished it Before this course, the Civil War was a blur to me All I knew was North v South, Union v Confederacy, and of course, slavery Professor Gallagher does a tremendous job of laying out all the major and minor characters of the war He takes you to the battlefields and the skirmishes, into the halls of congress and the senate, and into the lives of the presidents of the U.S and the Confederate states of America He dispels the myths of men like Grant, Lee, Jackson and Sherman He teaches us about how these men, along with many other commanders and politicians, pulled the strings in what many Americans at the time called the Rich mans war and the poor mans fight This course helped me seeclearly the movements of troops throughout these legendary battles and the timelines I also learned a great deal about Lincoln and his true motives for the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th amendment, and just how hypocritical Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens were from the very start of secession The American Civil War is a really fascinating history There are so many great stories that go largely unheard of Stories of endurance, courage, cowardice, horror, comedy, defeat and victory I highly recommend this Great Course to any history buff and especially anyone who is fascinated with the history of the American Civil War If you don t want to trudge through the flourishing language of McPherson s Battle Cry of Freedom , if you want the facts in aconcise delivery, then this Great Course is for you I absolutely loved it Nice coverage of a vast and complex subject I d give it a solid 3 1 2 stars that were an option.The American Civil War, a subject so impressed on the popular imagination, even up here in Canada, that we just call it the Civil War, as if it were the only one There have been countless books written about it or various parts of it Like World War II, it s been picked over so thoroughly that one wonders if there s much left to be said on the subject Of course, there is and I ve probably not fin Nice coverage of a vast and complex subject I d give it a solid 3 1 2 stars that were an option.The American Civil War, a subject so impressed on the popular imagination, even up here in Canada, that we just call it the Civil War, as if it were the only one There have been countless books written about it or various parts of it Like World War II, it s been picked over so thoroughly that one wonders if there s much left to be said on the subject Of course, there is and I ve probably not finished reading about it myself War is such a fascinatingly bizarre subject that military history is always going to be on my reading list somewhere I saw what war did to my dad, so I m always going to want to knowabout it in all its variations.This is a nice overview of the subject It covers all the maneuverings and the battles, the victories and the defeats without getting too up close and personal with the blood and gore There are plenty of books that do that and I ve read a few of them It gives you a nice summary to demystify the events I guess for most of us it s like the U.S Army marches forth to suppress the rebellion, gets driven back by the rebels and the fight is on Then they spent four years having big set piece battles until the South gives up and it s over Clearly there is a lotto it than that and you get a pretty good sense of how it all unfolded here.Plenty of other stuff is covered too You get the politics and the economic policies and the debates Oh the endless debates and all the other less interesting minutia that is needed if you re going to have a proper war It s all here There is the preamble and the aftermath and all that stuff too There s a nice selection of information about the home front and the experience of the war from the point of view of that other half of the population that mostly wasn t shooting at each other, that being the female half And, of course, there is the great subject at the center of it all, slavery Yes, folks, slavery and its attendant racism was at the heart of everything here without question Yeah, I d say it s a pretty thorough coverage for the amount of time available for these lectures.If you re interested in a solid overview of the American Civil War, this will fit the bill nicely I found these 48 lectures to be an interesting way to learn about events during the American Civil War The narrative thread suppliedthan descriptions of battles by also including lectures on civilian life, women, politics, and economics The everyday camp life of the common soldier, fate of prisoners, and African Americans both slave and free were also covered Additionally the lectures included brief biographical sketches of several dozen key actors of the era as well as occasional sto I found these 48 lectures to be an interesting way to learn about events during the American Civil War The narrative thread suppliedthan descriptions of battles by also including lectures on civilian life, women, politics, and economics The everyday camp life of the common soldier, fate of prisoners, and African Americans both slave and free were also covered Additionally the lectures included brief biographical sketches of several dozen key actors of the era as well as occasional stories and quotes of interest In particular I appreciated Gallagher s emphasis on quotations dating from the time of the war, not quotations from after the war Often the view of participants were quite different when view from the vantage of years later.There was limited coverage of the conditions leading to war and reconstruction after the war Obviously, there isn t time enough for everything to be included.Here s a trivia question and answer I learned from these lectures Question When and where was the last shot fired in the American Civil War Answer The last shot fired in defense of the South was fired from the deck of the CSS Shenandoah on June 22, 1865 in the act of capturing whalers off the Alaskan coast near the Arctic circle.Comment This was over a month later than the last meeting of Confederal executive Cabinet on May 5, 1865 when the Confederate Government was declared dissolved [ Download ] ♇ The American Civil War ☩ Professor Gallagher is aleading authority on the Civil War He is the author of several books and dozens of scholarly articles, most recently, The Confederate War He is a founder and was first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites Betweenand , the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember In those great battles streams ran red with blood, and the United States was truly bornLeading Civil War historian Professor Gary W Gallagher richly details the effects of the Civil War on all Americans You ll learn how armies were recruited, equipped, and trained You ll learn about the hard lot of prisoners You ll hear how soldiers on both sides dealt with the rigors of camp life, campaigns, and the terror of combat You ll understand how slaves and their falling masters responded to the advancing war And you will see the desperate price paid by the families so many left behind Prof Gary Gallagher presents a thorough survey of the American Civil War, concentrating almost exclusively on the period between 1861 and 1865 His lectures clearly and strongly presented deal briefly with the causes leading up to this horrendous conflict, including brief bios of some of the key historic figures, from Henry Clay s Missouri Compromise in the 1840 s to Dred Scott and Charles Sumner in 1857 and finally the election of Abraham Lincoln The next 44 lectures deal with the war itself Prof Gary Gallagher presents a thorough survey of the American Civil War, concentrating almost exclusively on the period between 1861 and 1865 His lectures clearly and strongly presented deal briefly with the causes leading up to this horrendous conflict, including brief bios of some of the key historic figures, from Henry Clay s Missouri Compromise in the 1840 s to Dred Scott and Charles Sumner in 1857 and finally the election of Abraham Lincoln The next 44 lectures deal with the war itselfbattles including strategies, maneuvers and personalities , examination of the economic situations in the North and South, discussions of what the conflict meant to African Americans both free and enslaved , as well as 2 hours of lectures explaining the views and roles of women in the North and South The final lectures deal with the implications of this conflict in whichthan 600,000 men were killed and nearly 4,000,000 enslaved blacks were freed Within each lectures the fact presented are supported by letters and journals from generals, soldiers, wives and loved ones that reflect the thoughts and fact as they knew them for the cause for and progress of the war This emphasis on the context of the time eases concerns about any revisionist twisting the facts.One of my major motivations to review the history of the Civil War was toclearly understand the bases of current racial controversies that swirl about our country, stemming from displays of flags and statuary from the Confederacy At the same time I revisited the novels A Team of Rivals and Lincoln Gore Vidal as well as Spielberg s film Lincoln These lectures served to stitch the myriad of stories with the equal myriad of facts All this lead to an historian Gallagher very frequently cites, James M McPherson, who has written award winning books about the war Battle Cry for Freedom , and is the considered an the expert on the Civil War Clearly, the conclusions reached by Dr Gallagher in the last lecture regarding the Myth of the Lost Cause are influenced by McPherson s views that he McPherson had expressed citing concerns about neo Confederates in Arlington National Cemetery I ll go no further hereThese lectures are top notch and very much recommendeda coupon, when on sale, will soften the blowmoney well spent I really enjoyed this lecture series, and it was fairly unbelievably timed I started it about a week before the protests started for the removal of the statues of Jackson and Lee in Charlottesville I knew the basics of the civil war, but Gallagher did an excellent job of going into enough to properly fill in so much of the pertinent information and then tying it all together in a way that was quite enlightening especially given these current events.He starts with the build up to war and the s I really enjoyed this lecture series, and it was fairly unbelievably timed I started it about a week before the protests started for the removal of the statues of Jackson and Lee in Charlottesville I knew the basics of the civil war, but Gallagher did an excellent job of going into enough to properly fill in so much of the pertinent information and then tying it all together in a way that was quite enlightening especially given these current events.He starts with the build up to war and the sentiments on either side that moved us all in that direction, both on the legislative and popular levels I found myself regularly surprised by the mixture of complexity and simplicity of what was actually going one for example, there were so many things that contributed to the beginning of the war that you would be hard pressed to even compile an exhaustive list, all those things were exasperated by the physical and cultural separation between the north and the south so it became easy to villainize and, essentially dehumanise, your opponents to the point where war became palatable, but had the issue of slavery not been there, had there not been this central disunity, there would not have been a war.Gallagher did a great job of describing many opposing views on the various,controversial aspects of the war, but then he would err on the side of going with actual writings during the time as opposed to later interpretations, and when there was general uncertainty, he would not put much weight on the topic He also did a good job of spending time discussing the war itself, intermingled with political impetuses, popular opinions, international opinions, and the impact that the war had on the various aspects of the civilian population as well as on those actually involved I highly recommend this series as it was enlightening, engaging, and very apt during our current time Spoiler Alert The North wins, but Lincoln is assassinated I listened to this Great Course It was wide and sweeping, but at times I had trouble following aurally because Gallagher included an unclear antecedent I understand that it is a lecture, and there are probably diagrams and slides and note outlines, but during the time I was listening vehicular commute , I did not have access to any of these materials.That said, I have a greater appreciation for the softer side of the American Civil War, the intangibles What people thought before the war, a I listened to this Great Course It was wide and sweeping, but at times I had trouble following aurally because Gallagher included an unclear antecedent I understand that it is a lecture, and there are probably diagrams and slides and note outlines, but during the time I was listening vehicular commute , I did not have access to any of these materials.That said, I have a greater appreciation for the softer side of the American Civil War, the intangibles What people thought before the war, and how they thought it was going to be a few brief skirmishes How entire towns were decimated, because their young men from the same geographic region were put into the same companies Women s and black s perspectives on the war There s so much to talk about, and still yet I feel I could listen to another 48 lectures on the Civil War This is an excellent series of lectures 48 in all covering the American Civil War I read it as an audiobook while working out at the gym Gallagher covers, at a high level the major military actions of the war But I really enjoyed a review of the events leading to the war, periodic asides to describe what was happening at the home fronts in the North and the South, the political events internally and internationally, description of conditions in POW camps and a review of northern and south This is an excellent series of lectures 48 in all covering the American Civil War I read it as an audiobook while working out at the gym Gallagher covers, at a high level the major military actions of the war But I really enjoyed a review of the events leading to the war, periodic asides to describe what was happening at the home fronts in the North and the South, the political events internally and internationally, description of conditions in POW camps and a review of northern and southern remembrances of the war This is a very good Lecture Series and I highly recommend it Excellent overview course of the civil war Gallagher has an engaging lecture style and manages to deliver a highly digestible balance of historical chronology and battlefield manueuverings together with broader overviews of societal issues and trends I particularly appreciated his attention to historiographical issues His lectures are carefully crafted so that they impart a depth of understanding while remaining accessible.