Air Date: 032808
Subject: 33rd New Jersey in the Civil War
Books: The Mutinous Regiment: The Thirty-third New Jersey In The Civil War
Guest: John G. Zinn
Summary: Gerry speaks with author John Zinn about the wartime experiences of the 33rd New Jersey, one of only four New Jersey regiments to see fighting in the Western theater. The regiment was organized during what the author concedes is the very worst possible time, during the summer of 1863. Students of the war will recall that the draft had just been implemented for the first time in United States history, and that the New York City draft riots and other draft opposition occurred in that time frame. After an inauspicious start which saw the men herded to the docks by other armed regiments, the 33rd New Jersey put in a solid and commendable effort in the war.
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.