Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.
Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.
The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.
Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., University of Kentucky history professor Amy Murrell Taylor will lecture on the role of New York women in the civil war. The lecture is at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Theatre and is free to the public. Professor Taylor is a former University at Albany history professor. She says her talk will focus on the domestic struggles of the Civil War.
The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is a hidden treasure in the foothills of the Adirondacks. It sits on top of Mt. McGregor and overlooks the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Green Mountains to the east, and the Catskills to the south.
The view is breathtaking and was the last view of our area that General Ulysses S. Grant saw before his death in this historic cottage. The Cottage has remained virtually unchanged since 1885 and still houses the bed on which he died and the funeral arrangements are still intact.
The clock on the mantle still remains where his son, Fred, stopped the hands at 8:08 a.m. on July 23, 1885 when his father passed away – 128 years ago yesterday. Tim Welch – President of the Grant Cottage Historic Site and Steve Trimm, the site’s Grant Impersonator, join us in studio A this morning.
We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight the Civil War sesquicentennial.
Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion is the first to dive down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice.
In The Civil War in 50 Objects, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox—the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives—Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female—and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.
Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first in a series of Civil War battles during which New York regiments would suffer thousands of casualties. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…
According to historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, the first of the Seven Days Battles occurred on June 25, 1862 when New York's Excelsior Brigade spearheaded an attack against Confederate forces outside Richmond, Va.