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    Video: Author Stephen Harding on ‘The Last Battle’ Rescue Mission

    (Img: Jerry Hutberg/U.S. Army/National Archives) The Last Battle, written by Stephen Harding, details a rescue mission in an Austrian castle, Itter, on May 4th and 5th of 1945. The mission, undertaken by both German and American soldiers,...

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    Eric Foner on Lincoln and Slavery

    The evolution of Father Abraham Respected historian Eric Foner’s new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, examines what the president truly believed about human bondageAuthor Eric Foner. Courtesy of Eric Foner. Q...

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    Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Daniel Weinberg and Bjorn Skaptason

    A place for all things Lincoln—with a modern twist Daniel Weinberg and Bjorn Skaptason of Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Book Shop bring the traditional book signing into the 21st century Dan Weinberg. Photo by M. Sylvia Castle.What was the...

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    James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

    Education, Preservation, Dedication Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer has made saving endangered battlefields his life’s passion Jim Lighthizer. Photo by Kevin Johnson. What is the biggest threat to Civil War battlefield...

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    Peter Carmichael, Director of The Civil War Institute

    Education that spans generations: Peter Carmichael takes the helm of Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute, Gabor Boritt’s innovative program for history students of all ages Dr. Peter Carmichael. Photo by Tamela Baker.What...

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    John Howard, Superintendent, Antietam National Battlefield

    Superintendent John Howard plans to retire at year’s end after 16 years at the helm of Antietam National Battlefield. Here he shares a few parting thought. What accomplishment stands out most in your time at Antietam?John Howard. Photo...

  • Arts and Culture, Interviews

    Bruce Bustard, Curator, National Archives

    What makes this exhibit so different? For one, it’s not organized chronologically. Many of the exhibits we looked at start with Fort Sumter, then go to Manassas, then Shiloh, all the way along. But we’ve organized ours around certain...

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    John Zimmerman, Firearms Expert

    In the Hands of a Craftsman: Master gunsmith John Zimmerman, an expert on Civil War firearms, is right at home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. How did you become a master gunsmith? I grew up in Ohio and then was in Army ordnance for three years....

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    Ed Bearss, Former NPS Chief Historian

    For Ed Bearss, the past is prologue. Recalling the National Park Service’s response to the war’s centennial, its former chief historian reflects on a new milestone. What impact will the sesquicentennial have on battlefield parks? In...

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    Bill Howell, Virginia House Speaker

    Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and the Virginia Civil War sesquicentennial commission remember the war that split the state in two. Literally. Interview by Chris HowlandVirgina House Speaker Bill Howell. Photo by Kevin Johnson. Why did...

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    Ed Zwick, director of Glory

    In 1989, director Ed Zwick brought the story of the 54th Massachusetts to the nation’s attention. We haven’t gotten over it yet. Interview by Jay Werttz Many say Glory is the best Civil War movie ever made. How do you react to...

  • America's Civil War, Interviews

    John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy

    John Coski is the historian and library director at the Museum of the Confederacy. He is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem — Interview by Tamela Baker Describe the museum’s expansion to...

  • America's Civil War, Interviews

    Robert K. Krick, Chronicler of Robert E. Lee’s Army

      Robert Krick worked for 31 years as the chief historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and is a renowned expert on the Army of Northern Virginia Interview by Kim A. O’Connell How did a California kid...

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    Ken Burns: Communicating the Experience of War

    Interviewed by Kim A. O’Connell Eighteen years after the premiere of his landmark documentary The Civil War, filmmaker Ken Burns is still moved by the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that opened the series: “We have shared the...