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The American Civil War Museum has brought together staff and other contributors to create educational videos for visitors, students, and educators. These videos provide special insight on the Museum's world-class collection of artifacts and special projects. New videos are added every few months, so check back often.

The Museum has been featured in a number of videos produced by C-SPAN as part of its "American History TV" network. These include our Annual Symposium, Brown Bag Lunch talks and other programs. View these talks here.


 

Videos

  • Video- Lunch & Learn- Susie King Taylor's Civil War

    Susie King Taylor was the only African-American woman to publish a memoir about her wartime experiences. Interpretation and Programs Manager Kelly Hancock explores the role she played as both a nurse and teacher with the 33rd United States Colored...

  • Video- Lunch and Learn: The New York Ladies Southern Relief Association

    Discover the surprising efforts of New York City’s elite during the winter of 1866-1867 to aid impoverished white southerners who formerly had enjoyed “easy circumstances." John Coski leads this talk.

  • Video- Foundry Series- Winston Churchill and the Civil War

    Winston Churchill was a renowned statesman as well as an accomplished writer and historian. The son of an American-born mother, he was intrigued by the Civil War, visited battlefields and analyzed its leading personalities. Lee Pollock, Executive...

  • Video- Book Talk- A Little Short of Boats: The Battles of Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry

    Delve into the disaster at the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry as author and battlefield guide James Morgan recounts how the battle wrecked a general’s career and led to the death of one of President Lincoln’s good friends.

  • Video- 2016 Bottimore Lecture- The Cause of All Nations

    Based on his book of the same name, Dr. Don H. Doyle's lecture explores the place of the American Civil War in the context of mid-19th-century democratic revolutions, how nations of the world viewed the war, and how the U.S. and Confederate govern...

  • Video- Lunch and Learn: The Soldiers' Ordeal: Struggling with the Aftermath of War

    Questions raised by the personal cost of the war are still relevant today.  National Park Service Ranger Candace Hart leads this discussion of the physical and mental impacts the Civil War had on those who fought.

  • Video- The Foundry Series: Tredegar Brass Band

    The Tredegar Brass Band and traditional singer Joshua Allen perform and show how hymns, work songs, and military calls played an important role to people of all walks of life during the Civil War.

    The American Civil War Museum's Tredegar So...

  • Video- Civil War Conversation: Death and Mourning

    Showcasing items from the Museum’s rich collection associated with death and mourning, Interpretation and Programs Manager Kelly Hancock examines how the 19th-century ideals of death and dying were adapted in the face of American’s bloodiest war....

  • Video- Lunch & Learn- Chincoteague: The Virginia Island that Stood with the Union

    This tiny island off the coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore refused to support secession. Discover why Chincoteague chose to side with the Union as Interpretation Supervisor Bryce VanStavern leads this talk.

  • Video- Foundry Series: VMI in the Civil War

    Few schools played a larger role in the Civil War than the Virginia Military Institute. The Tredegar Society welcomes author & VMI alum Dr. Richard McMurray for a talk that explores how the success of VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market so...

  • Video- Women in the Post-War South

    American Civil War Museum Curator Cathy Wright examines women’s experiences following the American Civil War and how they confronted the opportunities and challenges presented in the postwar years.

    This lecture was part of the Museum's 2016...

  • Video- The US Army in the Post-War South

    Dr. John W. Mountcastle, Ph.D., Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired, Adjunct Faculty, University of Richmond, explores the role of the United States Army in the postwar South and examine its impact on Reconstruction.

    This lecture was part...

  • Video- Tell Them We Are Rising

    This presentation by documentary filmmaker and author Elvatrice Parker Belsches examines the role that the Freedman’s Bureau played in educating African-Americans in the Richmond. Through the use of narratives, primary documents, and rare photogra...

  • Video- Remaking Virginia

    Using the Library of Virginia’s exhibit “Remaking Virginia” and other online offerings as a springboard, Library staffers Dr. Gregg Kimball and Catherine Wyatt examine how African Americans made the change from property to citizens and explore the...

  • Video- Outlaws and the Transformation of Civil War Guerrillas

    Following the surrenders of the organized Confederate troops in 1865, many former Confederate guerrillas continued their bushwhacking ways and became infamous outlaws. The most notorious of these were Frank and Jesse James, who were often joined b...

  • Video- Lunch and Learn: Why Didn't the North Hang Jeff Davis?

    Jefferson Davis led an effort to break up the United States, yet he never faced punishment or a trial for what many considered treason. Why was that? Lead Historical Interpreter Brianna Kirk explores Northern perspective in the immediate post-war...

  • Video- Union Tooth and Nail: The Pamunkey Indian Tribe and The Civil War in Virginia

    Pamunkey men served the Union as pilots and scouts on gun-boats & Pamunkey women aided Union soldiers who encamped near their community throughout the War. Through the voices of Pamunkey men and women recorded in 1871, and related by Ashley At...

  • Video- Lunch & Learn: Metallurgy in the Civil War

    Metals of various types were used during the Civil War for everything from railroads, weapons and armament to tack for draft animals, cooking utensils and wires for communication. But where did all this metal come from? What were the different typ...

  • Video- Love, Sex and Consequences: An Intimate Look at the Civil War

    Throughout time, the topic of young couples finding love in the midst of war has often been romanticized. The reality was that separation from loved ones often proved far more consequential.  American Civil War Museum Co-CEO Christy Coleman explor...

  • Video- The Tredegar Society Presents- Civil War Acoustic Shadows

    Unusual battlefield acoustics have been noted for many centuries. On several occasions during the Civil War, the generation of outdoor sounds had a dramatic effect on the outcome of battles. Following a review of the physics behind acoustic shadow...

  • Video- Lunch & Learn: Exploring the Lost Cause through Virginia's Confederate Monuments

    Have you ever thought about "reading" a monument? In this presentation, Museum Historian John Coski demonstrates how Virginia's Confederate monuments reveal the choices made by memorialists as they decided how and what to remember about the Civil...

  • Video- The Tredegar Society Presents- Maggie Walker's Richmond

    Maggie L. Walker (1864-1934), is best known for being the first African American female bank president in 1903, but she did much more than that and all here in Richmond.  This talk by National Park Service Ranger Ben Anderson explores Walker's Ric...

  • Video- Lunch & Learn- The Other Gettysburg Cemetery: Richmond's Hollywood

    Virtually visit Hollywood's "Gettysburg Hill" as co-CEO Waite Rawls explores the story of how 2,935 Confederate soldiers killed and buried at Gettysburg made the journey to Richmond's most beautiful cemetery a full decade after the battle.

  • Video- Unflinching Heroism: The United States Colored Troops at New Market Heights

    The first 12 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded to African American soldiers were earned at a battle fought near Richmond. Some were free men fighting to prove that African Americans were worthy of full citizenship – others were former slaves f...

  • Video- Lunch & Learn: Three Abolitionists Who Helped Change America

    With his Appeal in 1829, David Walker issued a warning to Americans concerning slavery; David Ruggles sacrificed his health to carry on the struggle for emancipation; Anthony Burns endured the horrors of Lumpkin's Jail after attempting to seize hi...

  • Video- Lunch & Learn: Death and Life on Belle Isle

    The jewel in the crown of Richmond’s James River Park, Belle Isle is best known today for its recreational opportunities and, ironically, as the site of an infamous Civil War prison camp. An overview of Belle Isle’s entire history reveals that dea...

  • Video- Brown Bag Lunch Talk- To Be Free, a Citizen, and a Voter

    The passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments forever changed American society. Museum Co-CEO Christy Coleman explores the social and political implications of these amendments at the time of their passage and in contemporary American culture....

  • Video- Echoes of the Past: Popular Recording & the Civil War

    Civil War music is more than sheet music and military bands. Few people realize that we can actually listen to music performed by Civil War veterans on early cylinder and 78-rpm disc recordings from the early twentieth century. Dr. Gregg D. Kimbal...

  • Video- Brown Bag Lunch Series- “Raider of the Lost Cause: CSS Shenandoah”

    By May, 1864, the American merchant fleet had been devastated by the successes of the Confederate commerce raiders. The Confederate naval agent in Liverpool reported to the Secretary of the Navy that the "... United State flag has disappeared from...

  • Video- Punitive War: Confederate Guerrillas and Union Reprisals

    In this talk, Dr. Clay Mountcastle presented a new look at the complex nature of guerrilla warfare in the Civil War and the Union Army's calculated response to it. He examined guerrilla attacks and Federal responses in a number of operational thea...

  • Video- After the Fall

    In most quashed rebellions, the leaders lose their lives or are forced into exile. The aftermath of the American Civil War provides and unusual example of leniency. There were no executions, outside those of Henry Wirtz and Champ Ferguson (who wer...

  • Video- Laurence Keitt and the Fire-Eaters

    Washington and Lee Professor J. Holt Merchant gave a talk for The Tredegar Society covering the political extremism of the fire-eaters and how they helped bring about the secession of the southern states. Merchant focused on Laurence M. Keitt, the...

  • Video- James Madison and Federal Coercion Under the Constitution

    Dr. Michael Signer is the author of Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father (PublicAffairs 2015), and the founder and managing principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC. On September 15, 2015, he l...

  • Video- The Federal Occupation of the Confederate White House

    Less than a day after Jefferson Davis left Richmond, Federal forces captured the Confederate White House, intact. Thus began a five year occupation of the site by the U.S. Army, during Reconstruction-era Virginia. White House Interpretation Superv...

  • Video- War, Memory, and a Southern Family's Civil War Letters

    On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, award-winning author Frye Gaillard reflects on the war - and the way we remember it - through the lens of letters written by his family members, including great-great grandfather, Thomas Gaillard, and Tho...

  • Video- The 2015 Bottimore Lecture: Ulysses S. Grant at the End of the Sesquicentennial

    Dr. Joan Waugh, recipient of the Museum’s 2009 Jefferson Davis Award for her book, U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, traces the evolution of Grant’s reputation over the last 150 years and assess where he stands today.

  • Video- 2014 Roller Bottimore Lecture- When Metal Meets Mettle: The Hard Realities of Civil War Soldiering

    University of Georgia Professor Stephen Berry lectured on the difficult and often gruesome life of a soldier during the American Civil War. This lecture took place at the University of Richmond and was co-sponsored by the university's history depa...

  • Video- William & Mary and the Civil War with W. Taylor Reveley, III

    The Tredegar Society of the American Civil War Museum hosted William & Mary President W. Taylor Reveley, III as he lectured on the College during the Civil War. This lecture was given in the Pattern Building of Historic Tredegar on October 30,...

  • Video- "A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House" Book Talk

    Chris Mackowski, co-author of "A Season of Slaughter" visited the Museum on November 21, 2014. He gave an enlightening talk on the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

  • Video- “Lincoln’s Re-election” Brown Bag Lunch Talk

    On November 14, 2014, American Civil War Museum Co-CEO Waite Rawls gave a talk on the Election of 1864. This lecture was part of the Museum's series of monthly brown bag lunch talks commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

  • Video- One Bright Moment: The Wedding of Hetty Cary and John Pegram

    American Civil War Museum Interpretation and Programs Manager Kelly Hancock presented this Brown Bag Lunch Talk on January 16, 2015. Hailed as the social event of the season, the wedding of one of the most beautiful belles in the South to a dashin...

  • Video- Railroad Communication in the Civil War

    Railroad communications have been especially important in history, but never so much as during wartime. This talk given on January 9, 2015 explored communications on the train, internally (within the railroad), and externally (with the outside wor...

  • Video- Dahlgren's Raid: A True Richmond Story

    The Tredegar Society of the American Civil War Museum hosted Richmond Magazine Senior Writer Harry Kollatz, Jr. as he lectured on Dahlgren's Raid. This lecture was given in the Pattern Building of Historic Tredegar on January 22, 2015.

  • Video- The Last Christmas in the Confederate White House

    Christmas of 1864 was the last celebrated in the Confederate States of America, for the nation did not exist the following year. Shortages and hardships affected every Southern family’s ability to observe the holiday season in the usual manner – e...

  • Video- The Economics of the Richmond Slave Trade

    John "Jack" Trammell, Randolph-Macon professor and author of "The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of the Old Dominion," gave a Tredegar Society lecture on February 12, 2015. He discussed the immense economic role that slavery had in Vi...

  • Video- The Confederate Debate About Arming the Slaves

    In February 1865 Southern statesmen, soldiers, and civilians were engaged in the last stages of a months-long public debate over a proposal to enlist enslaved and free African-American men “to perform military service.” The Confederate Congress ap...

  • Video- The 57th Massachusetts from The Wilderness to Ft. Stedman

    The 57th Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers, one of four so-called 'Veteran' regiments was brand new to the front lines in May of 1864 when they marched off into the Wilderness. From then on, the regiment would see action in every single battle of t...

  • Video- Press Coverage of Appomattox

    University of Virginia Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History Elizabeth R. Varon lectured on the various interpretations of the surrender at Appomattox in the press. The lecture was given on April 9, 2015 at the Museum of the Confede...

  • Video- Our Great Virginia

    First public performance of "Our Great Virginia," the new state song, by the Appomattox Youth Chorale. Performed Saturday, Aprill 11, 2015 at the Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox VA. Lyrics: Mike Greenly. Arrangment: Jim Papoulis. Special tha...

  • Video- "The Valley of the Shadow" with Ed Ayers

    American Civil War Museum Board Chairman Ed Ayers brought the Museum's 150th commemorations to a close at Appomattox. In this morning lecture, he discussed the "Valley of the Shadow," a digital archive of primary sources that documents the lives o...

  • Video- "After the Civil War" with James I. Robertson, Jr.

    James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr. lectured at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox on April 11, 2015 as part of the Museum's 150th commemorations. He discussed what many Civil War figures did after the War.

  • Video- Thomas Bocock: Appomattox Native

    Local historian Albert Carter presented the history of Thomas S. Bocock, who was born in Buckingham, lived and practiced law in Appomattox, served in the U.S. House of Representatives before the Civil War, and became the Confederate Speaker of the...

  • Video- Q&A with Ulysses S. Grant

    General U.S. Grant (portrayed by Tony Daniels) talked about his famous meeting with President Abraham Lincoln at City Point and then answered questions from the audience at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.

  • Video- Q&A with Robert E. Lee

    General Robert E. Lee, portrayed by David Palmer, spoke about the events of April 1, 1865 and then took questions from the audience during the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox's 150th commemorative events.

  • Video- "John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away"

    Author Michael Schein discussed his book, John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away in which he examines the evidence of whether John Surratt- a fierce secessionist and Booth’s closest associate in the four months leading up to the assassina...

  • Video- The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case

    Professor Michael Ross discussed his latest work, "The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law and Justice in the Reconstruction Era." In this book, Ross offers the first full account of the kidnapping of seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby by t...

  • Video- Richmond Civilians in April, 1865

    Richmond’s abrupt transition from Confederate capital to Union occupation in April, 1865 meant tremendous changes for its civilian population. Basic necessities, such as food and shelter, could be difficult to come by, particularly with much of th...

  • Video- Matthew Fontaine Maury: The Scientist at War

    John Grady, the author of "Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography: A Biography, 1806 - 1873," discusses Maury's time in Richmond during the American Civil War and his contributions to the Confederacy in this lecture.

  • Video- After Appomattox: The Collapse of the Confederacy in May, 1865

    American Civil War Museum Historian John Coski leads a discussion that examines the events of May, 1865 and after in an attempt to answer the question, "When did the Civil War end?". This Brown Bag Lunch Talk took place on May 15, 2015 at the Muse...

  • Video- The Trial and Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators

    James Thompson examined the plot to assassinate Lincoln, Seward, Johnson, and Grant, the subsequent trial and its outcome in this American Civil War Museum lecture.

  • Video- To the Brave Women of the South: Confederate Artist Adalbert Volck’s Tribute in Silver

    German-American historian Myra Hillburg discussed the life and work of German immigrant Adalbert Volck and his artistic contributions to the Confederate cause. At the end of his life, Volck chose to create a silver shield to specifically memoriali...

  • Video- Richmond, Reconstruction and Baseball

    Author Scott Mayer lectured at Historic Tredegar on July 29 about the history of baseball, especially in Richmond. Get the baseball bibliography mentioned in the lecture at the following...

  • Video- Guerrilla Warfare in the American Civil War

    Dr. Barton A. Myers of Washington & Lee University, spoke at this Tredegar Society event about the instances and effects of guerrilla warfare during the Civil War. Myers highlighted the "sanctioned" raiders like John H. Morgan and John S. Mosb...

  • Video- Appomattox Cabin Preview

    Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Site Director Linda Lipscomb gives you a preview of the 19th Century cabin that has been reconstructed at the Museum. After the cabin's grand opening at our Fall Family Fun Day on October 17, 2015, there will b...

  • Video- The Meaning of the Confederate Battle Flag

    John Coski, Historian at The American Civil War Museum and author of "The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem" discusses the Confederate Battle Flag and the different perceptions of it.

  • Video- The Confederate Battle Flag: Evolution of a Symbol

    Historian John Coski discusses the evolution of the Confederate Battle flag, from its original use on Civil War battlefields to its adoption as a social and political symbol.

  • Video- The Rebel Yell Lives: Part I - Rediscovering History

    This video, the first of two parts, examines the efforts of the Museum of the Confederacy to identify the authentic sound of the rebel yell. Museum President and CEO Waite Rawls describes the project, which involved locating original recordings of...

  • Video- The Rebel Yell Lives: Part II - Reenactors Charge Forward

    This video, the second of two parts, shows some of the results of the Museum of the Confederacy's rebel yell project. Historical reenactor Henry Kidd shares how he has used "The Rebel Yell Lives" CD to teach fellow reenactors the authentic rebel y...

  • Video- Emancipation and the New Black Vote

    This segment outlines the outcome of the fifteenth amendment that awarded newly freed black men the right to vote. The artifact featured in this vodcast is the Museum's list of newly registered black voters from Midlothian, Virginia in May of 1870...

  • Video- Death and Mourning in the American Civil War

    Americans North and South had to cope with the hundreds of thousands of deaths brought on by the Civil War. This video focuses on the customs that soldiers and civilians used to handle the mass casualties of war. Artifacts featured in this vodcast...

  • Video- Servants and Slaves in the White House of the Confederacy

    This video takes a look at some of the servants and slaves who worked in the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. Profiles include the steward Edward Eggeling, coachman William Jackson, and nanny Ellen Barnes. The artifacts featur...

  • Video- Tragedy at the Confederate White House

    On April 30, 1864, Joseph Evan Davis, son of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, fell from the porch of the Davis' house in Richmond. Learn more about that fateful day in this video.

  • Video- Encouraging Hearts, Strengthening Hands: Confederate Women Support the War Effort

    This video describes women's contributions during the Civil War, including flag-making, nursing, fundraising and spying. Artifacts featured in this segment include an apron and bowl used by nurses at Confederate hospitals, the flags of the 2nd Vir...

  • Video- Confederate Ersatz: Southern Substitutions in Times of Privation

    The Museum of the Confederacy's collections contain many fascinating examples of items Southern women made and used during the Civil War when everyday goods and resources became scarce. See items like a homespun dress, a raccoon skin shoe, and hom...

  • Video- The Confederate Air Force: Balloon Reconnaissance in the Civil War

    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 art...

  • Video- From Ironclad to Cardboard: The Model of the CSS Richmond Part One - History and Research

    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...

  • Video- Stories from Gettysburg: The Faces of "Pickett's Charge"

    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.

  • Video- John Quincy Marr: Citizen-Soldier and Confederate Casualty

    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...

  • Video- Turner Ashby: Life, Death, and Memorialization

    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 o...

  • Video- My Kingdom for a Horse: Confederate Leaders and their Horses

    This video focuses on three famous Confederate Generals and the trusty steeds that carried them throughout the war. J.E.B. Stuart's horses, Stonewall Jackson's Little Sorrel, and Robert E. Lee's Traveller are all profiled. Artifacts highlighted in...

  • Video- Amputations and Artificial Limbs in the Civil War

    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.

  • Video- Lee Takes Command and Johnston Loses Command

    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 i...

  • Video- From Ironclad to Cardboard: The Model of the CSS Richmond Part Two - Building the Model

    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 e...

  • Video- The Confederacy and Great Britain

    The Confederate States of America tried to gain recognition from many foreign countries, the most important of which was Great Britain. While the English government never officially recognized the Confederacy, British businessmen saw the opportuni...

  • Video- Reuniting with the Sword: Eckhard von Borcke Visits the Museum of the Confederacy

    The great-grandson of Heros von Borcke, Eckhard, visited the Museum of the Confederacy with his wife Bea and J.E.B. Stuart IV. Watch as he gets to hold his great-grandfather's sword and presents Robert Hancock, our director of collections, with so...

  • Video- The Battle of First Manassas: The Artifacts Tell the Story

    On July, 21, 1861, Union and Confederate armies fought what was then the largest battle in American history at Manassas, Va. Participants saved or collected souvenirs and relics of the battle and many of those items found their way into the collec...

  • Video- Blockade Runners in the American Civil War

    The Union blockade of the Confederate states sought to cut them off from outside goods and supplies. In response, the Confederacy outfitted special ships designed to slip through the blockade. This video examines these blockade runners and profile...

  • Video- Flag Conservation at the Museum of the Confederacy

    In the early 1990s, the Museum of the Confederacy initiated a long-term flag conservation program to conserve, increase access, and allow further research of the most definitive collection of Confederate flags in existence. One of the most recent...

  • Video- The Death of "Stonewall" Jackson

    Even 150 years later, "Stonewall" Jackson's life, the circumstances of his death, and the question of how events might have been different had he not been shot at Chancellorsville remain subjects of fascination, study, and animated discussion. Thi...

  • Video- Richmond's Civil War Hospitals

    The city of Richmond, Virginia was not only the capital of the Confederacy, it was also home to the largest concentration of hospitals anywhere in the South during the American Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy's collections contain many do...