That Obnoxious Order

The first link on this page leads to Jonathan Sarna’s lecture “That Obnoxious Order”, a 30 minute lecture on Grant’s anti-Jewish order. Sarna’s speaking style is entertaining, and his research is intriguing: He suggests Jesse Grant, the general’s annoying father, might have been a driving impetus to Ulysses’ actions.

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Podcast #13 – “Jus in Bello”

A tough slog at work has caused me to miss a few podcasts. With the daunting prospect of two due this week (I was hoping to post extras as the sesquicentennial anniversaries arrive) I thought I’d make a special effort to get today’s done: It’s the 150th anniversary of the Lieber Code, progenitor of the Geneva Convention!

The podcast can be downloaded here.

Podcast #11 – “Make Me a Map of the Valley”

A series of technical difficulties could not prevent me from posting this just under the wire on March 26th!

On March 26, 1862, Stonewall Jackson assigned Jedediah Hotchkiss to produce a map of the Shenandoah Valley.  To commemorate this, I’ve created a short biography of Hotchkiss and a look at the importance of cartography during the Civil War.

The podcast can be found here.

Podcast #10 – “To Riot or to Rot”

What should have been yesterday’s podcast is going up in the wee hours of today.  Technically this fits, as the Stalybridge riot was at its peak on the 20th of March, but I chose the initiation date of March 19th for the podcast commemoration.

This week, I’m discussing the Cotton Famine and its impact on British politics.  As the descendant of working-class Brits, I found this Civil War connection particularly interesting.

You can download the podcast here.