More than eighty years before General Anthony McAuliffe gave his famous response of "NUTS" - or "go to hell" to the German ultimatum to surrender the besieged city of Bastogne, another officer, Colonel James Stephens, issued a similar reply to Confederate Forces who had surrounded his small command at Lexington, Missouri. Here are their stories.
This episode looks at the Union advances in the west from the battle of Shiloh through the Siege of Corinth and how the retreat of the Confederate forces along the Mississippi River ultimately contributed to the defeat of the South in the American Civil War.
Who were the Fenians and what were their goals? This is a question that historians have debated for years- this podcast will trace the life of a prominent Fenian, Lawrence O'Brien, to, perhaps, help explain the origins of this rather interesting Irish American nationalist organization during the Civil War.
In 1862 William, Christopher, and Phillip Raber enlisted in Company K of the 9th Regiment, Virginia (United States) Infantry. As loyal union men, they joined nearly one thousand other volunteers for three years' service to put down the rebellion of the Confederacy. One year later, Phillip, was marched before a firing squad and executed. By war’s end Christopher was an outlaw , and their mother had been arrested and placed in the county jail. Join us as we explore the complex nature of loyalty and disloyalty during the Civil War era.
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