March 19

Ep. 0138: Free State of Jones: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, we take a look at another film set in the American Civil War:  the 2016 film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. This film tells the story of Confederate deserter Newton Knight, who led an insurgent force composed of escaped slaves and Confederate deserters against the Confederacy in his area of Mississippi.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A synopsis of the film
  • Some discussion of its themes and historicity
  • CJ’s take on the film, compared and contrasted with the professional critics’ take

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March 8

Ep. 0137: Gibraltar of the Confederacy: The Not-So-Civil War Part 6

Jeff Davis called it the nail that held the Confederacy together; Abe Lincoln called it the key to winning the war. It doesn’t get as much attention from people who aren’t well-versed in the history of this war, but the Vicksburg Campaign was at least as important as the battle of Gettysburg in bringing about the eventual Union victory in this conflict — and many experts argue that Vicksburg was actually much more important in the grand strategic equation.

(Note: Slip of the tongue, when discussing Braxton Bragg, I accidentally said he won at “Chattanooga”; meant to say “Chickamauga.” Caught it in post, but decided that correcting it at that point would make for an awkward edit, so just left it as-is. Interestingly, I got the battle correct when mentioning the flip side of it — ie, Rosecrans’ defeat there.)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Battle of Stones River/Murfreesboro
  • A little biographical info on Generals John Pemberton, Joseph Johnston, Braxton Bragg, William Rosecrans, and William Sherman
  • Early Union attempts at Vicksburg in late 1862 and early 1863, which failed
  • The final, successful campaign against the Confederate stronghold, which resulted in its fall on July 4, 1863
  • The Union seizure of Port Hudson, which sealed up Union control of the Mississippi watershed

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