Civil War Talk Radio: December 3, 2004

by Brett Schulte on December 3, 2004 · 0 comments

Air Date: 120304
Subject: Union Military Leadership
Guest: John Marszalek
Summary: Dr. John Marszalek, biographer of William T. Sherman and Henry Halleck, shares his views on some famous (and infamous) generals.
Brett’s Summary: Most of the interview centers on Halleck and Sherman. Marszalek goes over the lives and careers of each general. He discusses Halleck’s genius, his wealth, and his utter inability to make a decision when it mattered most. I found it interesting that Halleck’s friend later married Halleck’s widow, and that the three of them are buried together. Marszalek also covers Sherman, his difficult early life, the depression this caused, and the dichotomy of Sherman making hard war on the South while they resisted and offering such friendly (and illegitimate) peace terms at Bennett Place in north Carolina.
Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.In this series of blog entries, I will be posting air dates, subjects, and guests, and if I have time, I’ll provide a brief summary of the program. You can find all of the past episodes I’ve entered into the blog by clicking on the Civil War Talk Radio category. Each program should appear either on or near the date it was first broadcast.

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