Civil War Series http://wkyufm.org en July Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg http://wkyufm.org/post/july-marks-150th-anniversary-battle-gettysburg <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">In this series of three interviews, Dan Modlin speaks with&nbsp;WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie about the pivotal battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">This series of conversations discusses the battle as it unfolded over three days in July, 1863.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:53:55 +0000 Dan Modlin 33401 at http://wkyufm.org July Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Black Soldiers Made Key Contributions in Civil War, Despite Often Being Under Poor Leaders http://wkyufm.org/post/black-soldiers-made-key-contributions-civil-war-despite-often-being-under-poor-leaders <p></p><p>WKU professors Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie talk about the contributions of African-American soldiers to the U.S. Civil War effort, and President Lincoln's role in arming former slaves. They also point out that black units were often placed under inexperienced and ineffective white officers.</p><p>This is the latest in WKU Public Radio's series of reports on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:11:27 +0000 Dan Modlin 27261 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Historians Describe the 1863 "Winter of Discontent" http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-historians-describe-1863-winter-discontent <p>150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln had to face a number of challenges as he tried to hold the Union together and as he moved forward with the Emancipation Proclamation. The Union was far from unified in its attempts to bring and end to the Civil War.</p><p>WKU Historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie say the season might best be described as the "winter of discontent."&nbsp; In the next in our series of reports on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, they describe the difficult situation Lincoln faced.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:14:31 +0000 Dan Modlin 24445 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Historians Describe the 1863 "Winter of Discontent" Historians Reflect on Significance of Battle of Stone's River http://wkyufm.org/post/historians-reflect-significance-battle-stones-river <p>The Battle of Stone's River took place in cold, icy conditions&nbsp; on New Year's Eve, 150 years ago. This battle near&nbsp; Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was significant for military and political reasons. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies says President Abraham Lincoln needed a Union victory so he could proceed with the Emancipation Proclamation from a position of strength.</p><p>WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker says soldiers from both sides faced some of the most difficult weather conditions encountered during the Civil War, and that fact was reflected in the high casualties suffered by Confederate and Union troops. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:54:29 +0000 Dan Modlin 24121 at http://wkyufm.org Historians Reflect on Significance of Battle of Stone's River Civil War Historians Reflect on Fredricksburg http://wkyufm.org/post/civil-war-historians-reflect-fredricksburg <p></p><p></p><p>The Battle of Fredricksburg took place 150 years ago this month in Virginia. This deadly confrontation between Union forces and Confederate soldiers entrenched on a hillside resulted in the deathsof thousands of soldiers, and nearly destroyed the Union's "Irish Brigade."&nbsp; Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker of WKU say the Battle of Fredricksburg was marked by some questionable command decisions by Union General Ambrose Burnside.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:53:48 +0000 Dan Modlin 23201 at http://wkyufm.org Civil War Historians Reflect on Fredricksburg New Study Raises Civil War Death Toll http://wkyufm.org/post/new-study-raises-civil-war-death-toll <p>A newly released study has raised the estimated deaths from the Civil War by almost 20 percent. Joe Corcoran speaks with WKU Civil War historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:14:20 +0000 Joe Corcoran 23036 at http://wkyufm.org Naval Historian Comments on Lincoln's Ability to Deal with Naval Commanders http://wkyufm.org/post/naval-historian-comments-lincolns-ability-deal-naval-commanders <p>Although Abraham Lincoln encountered a number of disappointments with his Army commanders, a noted historian says the nation's 16th president was generally effective in dealing with Naval commanders. Dr. Craig L. Symonds of the U-S Naval Academy says high-ranking officers in the Navy weren't selected as political appointments like some Army officers were. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:36:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 20388 at http://wkyufm.org Naval Historian Comments on Lincoln's Ability to Deal with Naval Commanders Researchers Say Kentucky's Battle of Perryville took Place at a Key Time in the Civil War http://wkyufm.org/post/researchers-say-kentuckys-battle-perryville-took-place-key-time-civil-war <p>A significant Civil War battle took place in Kentucky on October 8th, 1862. The Battle of Perryville claimed the lives of about 7600 soldiers, and some historians now say the battle was more important than some researchers thought in the past. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker&nbsp; say Confederate forces moved into the state, hoping to get Kentuckians to join their cause.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 20269 at http://wkyufm.org Researchers Say Kentucky's Battle of Perryville took Place at a Key Time in the Civil War Historians Say Antietam Helped Lead to Emancipation Proclamation http://wkyufm.org/post/historians-say-antietam-helped-lead-emancipation-proclamation <p>One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, Confederate and Union soldiers met in one of the deadliest single day battles in history. Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU military historian Jack Thacker say President Lincoln considered the Battle of Antietam to be a victory and selected the aftermath of the battle as a good time to move ahead with plans to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. However, the WKU historians say the plan to free the slaves was less popular in the north than many people believe.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:14:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 19143 at http://wkyufm.org Historians Say Antietam Helped Lead to Emancipation Proclamation WKU Historians Discuss the Significance of the Battle of Antietam http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-historians-discuss-significance-battle-antietam <p>One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, Union and Confederate forces met for one of the deadliest single day battles in American history. The Battle of Antietam took place in Maryland, after Confederate commander Robert E. Lee decided to move north from Virginia. The battle is remembered for high casualty figures and graphic photographs that increased public awareness about the death and suffering caused by the fighting. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:23:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 19139 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Historians Discuss the Significance of the Battle of Antietam