Civil War Talk Radio: March 25, 2005

Air Date: 032505
Subject: Lesley J. Gordon: Why Pickett is Still Charging On
Book: General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend
Guest: Lesley J. Gordon

Summary: Dr. Lesley J. Gordon, author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend, crosses boundaries by combining contemporary academic methodology and theory with traditional military topics.

Brett’s Summary: Lesley Gordon discusses her interest in military history, which is a subject women do not study nearly as often as men.  She describes the ways in which George Pickett and Pickett’s Charge
became a part of the Lost Cause mythology, in large part due to Pickett’s wife. She believes military topics should not be so immediately dismissed by academics, and freely admitted her initial discomfort in touching upon women’s studies because it was not an area of specialty. Her biography of Pickett definitely is a mix of military history and historiography, or Civil War memory. She finishes the interview by talking about a project involving the 16th Connecticut, but I haven’t been able to find a book on this subject if she has written one. If she has released such a book and you know the title, let me know!

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 Roundtable located in London, England.

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