A recent edition of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Naval historian Chuck Veit who talked about his book Natural Genius: Brutus de Villeroi and the U. S. Navy’s First Submarine. Veit discussed the history of submarines and the remarkable life of French inventor Brutus de Villeroi, the man responsible for building the U. S. Navy’s first submarine. [Read more…] about Podcast: Brutus de Villeroi and the U. S. Navy’s First Submarine
The May episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast was recorded in Galway, Ireland, with National University of Ireland Galway professor Enrico Dal Lago.
Dal Lago talked about his new book Civil War and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy. The book places the American Civil War in the global context by comparing and connecting it to the Great Brigandage in Southern Italy in the 1860s. While historians have spent years looking at nation-building and social revolution in nineteenth-century Europe, Dal Lago offers a fresh perspective of the American Civil War by comparing it to the agrarian uprising that occurred in Southern Italy during Italian unification. [Read more…] about Civil War Podcast: The Confederate South and Southern Italy
The Opening Day of Baseball edition of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Tim Wiles, the former director of research at the Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown and current director of the Guilderland Public Library.
Tim talked about his time in Cooperstown, the Doubleday Myth, Troy-native Johnny Evers, the story behind ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game,’ the services offered by the Guilderland Public Library, and much more. [Read more…] about Nineteenth-Century Baseball Myths, History (Podcast)
The latest episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features SUNY Albany professor David Hochfelder discussing his book The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920.
The telegraph was a revolutionary technology that had far-reaching effects on American life. Hochfelder talked about Samuel Morse, the use of the telegraph in the Civil War, the rise of Western Union, and the mode of communitcaion’s decline. [Read more…] about David Hochfelder on the Telegraph in America
The latest episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Appomattox National Historical Park historian Patrick Schroeder. Patrick talked about the 5th New York, the Appomattox campaign, and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. [Read more…] about Latest Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast
The latest episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Harold Holzer discussing his book Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French.
French was “one of America’s most prolific sculptors of public monuments,” who created The Minute Man in Concord, Harvard University’s John Harvard, and the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. [Read more…] about Albany’s Sheridan Statue Sculptor Daniel Chester French
Two new episodes of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast are now available.
In the October episode, Gerrit Smith biographer Norman K. Dann discussed his book Practical Dreamer: Gerrit Smith and the Crusade for Social Reform. Recorded from Smith’s Land Office in Peterboro, New York, Dann talked about Smith’s activism, philanthropy, involvement in politics, and his relationship with John Brown. [Read more…] about Civil War Podcasts Feature Gerrit Smith, Wartime Romance
Millard Powers Fillmore, or “Powers” as he was commonly known, was a Harvard educated man. An avid outdoor’s man trained in the law, Powers held a position in the White House by the age of twenty-two, serving as his father’s personal secretary.
He was short and stout, but handsome like his father, and had gained a reputation as a “good lawyer and sound thinker,” at a young age. His circumstances probably provided him plenty of opportunities to fraternize with women and other social elites of the time. [Read more…] about Millard Powers Fillmore: A Short Sketch