Civil War Talk Radio: January 14, 2005

Air Date: 011405
Subject: Mark Grimsley: Soldiers, Civilians and Slaves
Books: The Hard Hand of War & And Keep Moving On
Guest: Mark Grimsley

Summary: Dr. Mark Grimsley, author of the Lincoln Prize-winning The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, talks about the motivations and actions of the men who fought for the North.

Brett’s Summary: Gerry interviews author and blogger Mark Grimsley this time around.  Mark spoke mostly own his book The Hard Hand of War, which covers Union military policy towards Southern civilians.  Mark points out that Union soldiers who eventually were anti-slavery could be and still were in most cases racist.   He also spends a good deal of time espousing his views on the Civil War as a non-Total War.   One of the theories in The Hard Hand of War is that Union sodiers used a kind of directed severity, mainly targeting public buildings and causing damage in proportion to each family’s support of secession.

Note: When I downloaded this set of three files the second file seemed to be an exact copy of part one while file three contained both parts 2 and 3 of the radio interview.

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.

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