Tuesday feature: An evening dedicated to the American Civil War

Every Tuesday throughout February we present an evening dedicated to the American Civil War (1861-1865). The conflict was a lasting trauma to the United States, but it was also a warning of a new kind of total warfare, which would devastate both America and Europe in the century that followed. In our Civil War evening, there will be lectures, dramatizations, first hand accounts, even a 1947 interview with a confederate soldier. The program will start just after 18.00 (CET) on Tuesday January 28. That is at 12.00 in New York, and 09.00 in Los Angeles. According to Time Zone Converter.

The schedule:

  1. Opening
  2. The Bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861, a radio dramatization
  3. David Blight lecture “What caused the Civil War?” (creative commons)
  4. Sarah Emma Edmonds “Mobilization in the North: marching orders”
  5. The First Battle of Bull Run, a radio dramatization
  6. Leander Stillwell “The War in 1862”
  7. “Thomas Wentworth Higginson on the negro soldier”
  8. “Inside Abraham Lincoln’s war-time cabinet”
  9. “Abraham Lincoln” by John Drinkwater
  10. The Battle of Gettysburg, a radio dramatization
  11. An Interview with the Confederate soldier Julius Howell.
  12. The locomotive chase in Georgia, a daring northern raid.
  13. Stephen Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage” (1894)
  14. “Secret Service” by William Gillette (1895)
  15. The Making of “Gone with the Wind” (1939)
  16. “Theodore Roosevelt on the death of Stonewall Jackson”
  17. “What Occurred at Franklin in 1864” by Ambrose Bierce
  18. “Robert E. Lee” by John Drinkwater
  19. “Charles Morris on the withdrawal of general Lee’s army”
  20. “The Assassination of Lincoln”, a dramatization and a press report

The program features public domain fife and drum music, classical music from musopen.org, the negro spritual “Swing High, Swing Low”, a performance by a US military band of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, as well as music by the creative commons composer Kevin MacLeod. We would also like to thank the Yale University Open Courses for the creative commons lecture, the North Carolina Museum of History for the audio on Gone with the Wind (1939) and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for the interview with Julius Howell. As always, we would like to thank everyone involved with librivox.org and archive.org.