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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February 27

Ep. 0136: Shenandoah: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode, we take a look at the 1965 Civil War film Shenadoah, written by James Lee Barrett, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring Jimmy Stewart.

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  • A synopsis and review of Shenandoahand its themes

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February 12

Ep. 0135: More Valor, Less Judgment: The Not-So-Civil War Part 5

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Lincoln’s General Orders No. 100, aka ‘the Lieber Code’
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg
  • The Chancellorsville Campaign
  • The Death of Stonewall Jackson & Southern Civil Religion

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January 31

Ep. 0134: Battle Cry of Freedomishness: The Not So Civil War Part 4

I was originally going to discuss the song “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the Emancipation Proclamation, and then cover another major battle or two at the end. However, by the time I got done talking about the Proclamation, I had more than enough material for an entire episode, so decided to just stop there for now. Hope you enjoy!

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The song “Battle Cry of Freedom,” composed by George F. Root in July of 1862
  • The Lincoln-Greeley letters of August 1862
  • The Emancipation Proclamation (announced in September 1862 & implemented in January 1863) and its effects

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January 23

Ep. 0133: Crisis & Leviathans: The Not-So-Civil War Part 3

In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Confederate governments.

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  • The mobilization of manpower, finances, and resources in the North
  • The mobilization of manpower, finances, and resources in the South

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January 16

Ep. 0132: Upping the Ante: The Not-so-Civil War Part 2

In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862.

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  • A little bit of background on the 4 most important generals in this episode: Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson; George McClellan; and Ulysses Grant
  • The Union’s campaign to control the Mississippi watershed system in the Western theater of the war, including the Battle of Shiloh
  • Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign
  • McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign against Richmond & Lee’s counterattack, known as The Seven Days’ Battles
  • The Confederate invasion of Maryland & the Battle of Antietam

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December 31

Ep. 0131: Opening Gambits: The Not-So-Civil War Part 1

Drum roll please……………..Here we go — the first podcast installment in a monstrous enterprise, CJ’s White Whale: the Dangerous History Podcast’s coverage of the War Between the States!

In this first installment, we’ll cover the opening moves, from December 1860 to November 1861.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The secession of the seven states of the Deep South following the election of Abraham Lincoln
  • The formation of the Confederate States of America, including its constitution
  • The accession to office of the Lincoln Administration
  • The firing on Fort Sumter
  • Sumter’s impact on the North and the South, including the secession of the Upper South
  • Lincoln’s actions to try to keep the Border States in the Union, by any means neccessary
  • Preparations for war & early skirmishes
  • The Battle of Manassas (or First Bull Run) and its impact
  • Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (written in Nov. 1861) as portent of the total war-crusade to come

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December 7

Ep. 0128: Foundation of the Permanent Garrison State

Between 1946 and 1953, the cornerstones of a permanent garrison state were laid within the structure of the US government.

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  • Henry Luce’s 1941 article “The American Century” & the construction of the Pentagon (begun on Sept. 11th, 1941 -the pic above shows the Pentagon under construction, BTW) as harbingers of this change
  • George Kennan’s original, much more limited strategy of ‘containment’ towards the USSR
  • American intervention in Greece, 1946
  • The National Security Act of 1947 (the single most important piece of formal legislation in this process)
  • NSC-68
  • Proof of a revolution within the form: Harry Truman’s sending of American forces into significant combat in 1950 without a declaration of war
  • How the Eisenhower Administration tacitly ratified all this into permanence, despite Ike’s occasional statements that indicate his misgivings about the whole thing

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October 29

Ep. 0122: Principal Ruffian & Chief Among Plunderers: The Norman Conquest of England

In 1066, the course of English history was dramatically altered, as the realm was conquered by Normans from across the Channel.

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  • Some backstory on Medieval England & Normandy
  • The death of Edward the Confessor & coronation of Harold Godwinson
  • William of Normandy’s preparations for invasion to seize the English crown
  • The invasion of Northern England by Harald Hardrada of Norway, and Harold Godwinson’s defeat of this force at Stamford Bridge
  • William’s invasion of Southern England shortly after Stamford Bridge
  • The climactic Battle of Hastings,  a hard-fought battle that was ultimately won by the forces of William
  • The aftermath and legacies of the Norman conquest of England

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October 2

Ep. 0120: DHP Heroes: Major General Smedley Butler

In this episode, CJ profiles Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps, probably most famous for being a very highly decorated Marine (the most decorated at the time of his death in 1940), and for writing War is a Racket.  Butler was a very complex man to say the least, and CJ covers the good, the bad, the ugly and, of course, the dangerous about his life and legacy.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief look at Smedley’s family history & childhood, to his joining of the Marines in 1898 during the Spanish-American War
  • Subsequent services in places as wide-ranging as the Philippines, China, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Quantico, Philadelphia, San Diego, and China (again), as he rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant all the way to Major General
  • Smedley’s increasing disillusionment with the ulterior motives of American foreign policy and military interventionism
  • His retirement in 1931, and the last 9 years of his life, during which he became an ever-more radical, outspoken critic of American militarism and imperialism, right up until his death in June of 1940, including his exposure of an alleged Wall Street plot to overthrow the FDR administration, and his authorship of War is a Racket
  • A little bit about Smedley’s legacy and why CJ considers him a DHP Hero

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