This segment discusses aerial reconnaissance and the use of balloons during the Civil War. Museum staff members discuss Confederate aeronauts John Randolph Bryan and Edward Porter Alexander and their missions during the Seven Days Battles. The artifact highlighted in this vodcast is a piece of the famed Confederate "Silk Dress" balloon.
This segment is the first in a series about the making of a model of the CSS Richmond, an ironclad that served in the James River during the war. The history of the CSS Richmond is discussed and expert model-maker Ozzie Raines offers his insights on the difficulty of researching this ironclad ship. Look back for more of this series including troubleshooting, unique materials, and Ozzie's creative touches on board.
In this video, based on the Museum of the Confederacy's Gettysburg: "They walked through blood" exhibit, we learn the stories of three Confederate soldiers that took part in "Pickett's Charge" on the third day of the battle.
John Quincy Marr was the first Confederate officer killed in the American Civil War. This video explores Marr's political and military service, the battle where he was killed, and the rich collection of personal artifacts donated to the Museum by his family.
Museum staff members examine Confederate Brigadier General Turner Ashby, his life and service, his death outside of Harrisonburg, VA, and his subsequent memorialization. Artifacts featured in this vodcast include postmortem photographs, the flag of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Company A, "Mountain Rangers," Ashby's personal effects, items made from relics pulled from Ashby's horse, Gallant Gray, and various mourning item
This segment discusses amputation procedures in field hospitals on Civil War battlefields. A museum staff member provides an amputation demonstration. Artifacts featured include surgical kits and post-war artificial limbs.
Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862 after the Battle of Seven Pines. The day that Lee took command was the day that Joseph E. Johnston lost command of the Confederacy's most prominent army. It was the most important of the many intersections in the parallel lives and careers of these two men. Artifacts highlighted in this video include a letter from Jefferson Davis detailing Johnston's wounding and Lee's elevation to command, Joseph Johnston's sword, and many photographs, sketches, and portraits from the Museum's collection.
Model shipbuilder Ozzie Raines details the building of the model of the CSS Richmond. A unique "cutaway" model, the Richmond shows below deck views of the interior of the ship, the engine room, and features a moving vertical steam engine. Raines explains his use of specific materials and the troubleshooting process when building a model without plans.