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Portraits of Blue & Grey: The Biographical Civil War Podcast

Portraits of Blue & Grey, hosted by Christopher Moore, is a biographical Civil War podcast that examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era.

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Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, Part 1

William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the U.S. Civil War's most controversial figures.  A "Fierce Patriot" (in the words of Sherman biographer Robert O'Connell), Sherman deserves more credit for holding the United States together than anyone save Lincoln and Grant.  His tactics left the South in smoldering ruins. Yet, in the years leading up to the war he resided in the South, helped to found the Louisiana Military Academy, and sympathized with Southerners politically - except on secession.  How could a man who counted dozens of Confederates among his closest friends go on to become the most hated man in the South?  Simple, Sherman was a soldier first, and he fought to win.  Whether subduing Georgians, Sioux, or Seminoles, Sherman didn't pull punches.  In Sherman's mind, War is Hell, and the primary objective is winning quickly and decisively.In Part 1 of our portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, we look at 'Cump's childhood, West Point time, early military career, role in the California Gold Rush, and clear-headed predictions about what to expect when the North and South finally came to blows.If you have any questions or comments about this or any other episode, you can reach Portraits of Blue & Grey at BlueandGreyPodcast@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 17mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 1

 Despite his initial misgivings about secession, Robert E. Lee would come to be the figure most commonly associated with the Confederacy.  Part 1 of our portrait of Lee looks at the general's family history, childhood and education, service in the United States Army, thoughts about slavery, and decision to join the Southern rebellion.   Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com.  Or visit the show's webpage at PortraitsOfBlueAndGrey.podbean.com.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

55mins

12 May 2017

Rank #2

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Stonewall Jackson: Part 1

Portraits of Blue & Grey: The Biographical Civil War Podcast examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 44mins

5 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, Pt. 3

After Shiloh, Sherman got the opportunity to try his hand in civic administration as the military governor of Memphis.  And it was from Memphis that he embarked on a mission, with good friend U.S. Grant, to solve the riddle that was Vicksburg.  After months of frustration, Vicksburg fell in July, 1863.  The Sherman - Grant team's next test, which they passed with flying colors, was to save the Army of the Cumberland besieged at Chattanooga.  Now commanding Union forces in the West, Sherman then set off on a perilous campaign deep into the heart of Dixie, as he tried to capture Atlanta - and save President Lincoln's hopes for reelection in the process.Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1

 Part 1 of our Portrait of U.S. Grant examines Grant's early life, time at West Point and in the Mexican-American War, tough circumstances before the beginning of the Civil War, and the start of his rise to prominence following victories at Belmont and Fts. Henry and Donnelson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 1min

21 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, Pt. 4

Sherman's famous March to the Sea is one of the most well-known and noteworthy campaigns of the U.S. Civil War and probably contributed more than anything else to the hatred of Sherman that flourished in the South for 100 years after the war. After capturing Savannah, Sherman turned north, headed for Columbia, SC. Where Savannah survived occupation relatively unscathed, Columbia would not be so lucky. By the time Sherman reunited with Grant, the war was all but over, with only some relatively light mop-up duty left on the agenda.Sherman played little to no role in Reconstruction, instead moving out west to focus on the Transcontinental Railroad and Indian Wars while in his new position as General of the Army.If you'd like to reach out to the show, email us at blueandgreypodcast@gmail.com.Thanks as always for listening, and I hope you enjoy Part 4 of our Portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 54mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2

Grant from Shiloh to Vicksburg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 21mins

21 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3

Part 3 of our portrait of Ulysses Grant sees Grant come to the rescue in Chattanooga before being summoned east for his showdown with Robert E. Lee. Email us with any questions or comments about the show at BlueAndGreyPodcast@gmail.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

2hr 10mins

30 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, Pt. 2

Part 2 of our look at the life of William Tecumseh Sherman begins with Col. Sherman commanding NY volunteers at Manassas.  The battle goes poorly for the Union, but Sherman shows strong, earning a promotion to Brigadier and a transfer to Kentucky to serve as second in command to Gen. Robert Anderson.  Anderson's health problems leave Sherman in charge in Kentucky, and the resulting stress leads to mental health struggles for Sherman.  The press, which Sherman already detests, piles on, and Sherman reaches his lowest point in the war.  After a brief leave of absence, Sherman is assigned to serve under soon-to-be rising star Ulysses Grant, beginning a mutually rewarding friendship.  After taking Forts Henry and Donelson, Grant and Sherman move to confront the newly consolidated rebel western forces near Corinth, Mississippi.  A surprise counter-offensive climaxes in the bloody battle of Shiloh, which redeems Sherman's reputation as a soldier but also foretells the brutality that will come to define the Civil War.If you have any questions or comments, you can reach the show at blueandgreypodcast@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 2mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Stonewall Jackson: Part 2

Part 2 of our series on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson begins with a review of Jackson's famous Valley Campaign, one of the most famous campaigns of not only the Civil War, but in all of American military history, and a campaign still studied by students of military strategy today.  We then turn to the Seven Days' Battles, where Stonewall had his poorest showing of the war, before concluding with Jackson's instrumental role in the Confederate victory at Second Manassas.Thank you to all of you who have supported Portraits of Blue & Grey, whether by rating / reviewing the show on iTunes, telling a friend, or making a contribution.  And thank you also to all of you who have reached out to us by email at BlueandGreyPodcast@gmail.com.  Questions and comments are whole-heartedly encouraged! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 34mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #10