The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is regularly featured on C-SPAN. Use the links below to watch some of our recent programs.
Historian William “Jack” Davis talks about former Vice President and later Confederate General John Breckinridge’s escape to Cuba after the collapse of the Confederacy in 1865.
Norfolk State University professor Cassandra Newby-Alexander talks about African Americans in Hampton Roads, Virginia during the Civil War. She describes how escaped slaves found refuge and freedom at the Union-held Fort Monroe.
Virginia Center for Civil War Studies director Paul Quigley talks about the soldier experience during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, a Union attempt to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond.
Historian Garry Adelman uses stories and Civil War photography to talk about the ways people experienced the war depending on where they were and how they traveled.
During the Civil War, members of the Choctaws Nation held slaves and fought alongside Confederate forces. Author Fay Yarborough talks about Native populations, slavery, and the Confederacy.
Augusta University Professor Holly Pinheiro talks about Black Civil War soldiers and their families in Philadelphia, as well as about his research in newspaper and pension records for his forthcoming book on the subject.
Southern Utah University Professor Laura June Davis talks about Confederate boat burners and naval guerrilla action on the lower Mississippi River during the last years of the Civil War. She describes how after the fall of Vicksburg in 1863, clandestine Confederate forces targeted commercial steamboats in order to disrupt Union supplies and cause panic in the North.
Hampden-Sydney College Professor Matthew Hulbert looks at depictions of slavery in Hollywood films ranging from Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind to Django Unchained and Free State of Jones. He talks about how early films glorified the Lost Cause myth and argues that while recent films show the horrors of the slave trade and resistance by enslaved people, the idea of the white savior is often still central to the narrative.
Jonathan Jones of Penn State University talks about widespread opiate addiction among Civil War veterans. He explains how prescribing opium and morphine — common treatments used for wartime injuries — grew into lifelong drug dependence for many.
Caroline Wood Newhall, a postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, discusses her research on black prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She talks about the misconception that all captured African American troops were executed and described how many were instead enslaved, including those born free in the North.