Portraits of Blue and Grey

Portraits of Blue and Grey
Hosted by Christopher R. Moore
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.
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The Cruise of the CSS Alabama: Pt. 1

After the outbreak of the Civil War, the Union blockade crippled Southern commerce.  Hoping to ease the pressure on blockade runners (and turn the tables on Northern shipping), the Confederate Navy contracted with British shipbuilders to construct commerce raiders – warships designed to prey on merchant shipping while evading opposing naval vessels.  Denounced as a pirate in the North, Maryland-born Raphael Semmes captained the most effective commerce raider, the CSS Alabama, as the ship terrified Union merchant vessels and frustrated the Union Navy.  Semmes quickly became a hero in the South and earned a reputation as a daring commander throughout the world.  In Part 1, we look at the clandestine construction of the Alabama and the beginning of her career as the most successful commerce raider in naval history.

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George Brinton McClellan, Part 3

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May 4, 2018 • After the failure on the Peninsula, it appeared that McClellan would lose his command.  But, things changed after the disaster that was Second Manassas, and McClellan was...

| May 4, 2018

George Brinton McClellan, Part 2

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March 28, 2018 • George Brinton McClellan left the army at the rank of captain but, upon the start of the Civil War, soon found himself a major general in overall command of all Union...

| March 28, 2018

Stonewall Jackson: Part 3

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January 21, 2018 • Following the success at Second Manassas, Stonewall Jackson finally gets the northern invasion for which he has been lobbying since the Civil War began.  The bloody draw at...

| January 21, 2018

Stonewall Jackson: Part 2

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December 12, 2017 • 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...

| December 12, 2017

Stonewall Jackson: Part 1

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November 5, 2017 • 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....

| November 5, 2017

Stonewall Jackson: Part 1

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November 5, 2017 • 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....

| November 5, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 4

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October 1, 2017 • In the fourth and final installment of our portrait of Ulysses Grant, we look at Grant's post-war role in Reconstruction, the Grant presidency, and Grant's final years after...

| October 1, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 4

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October 1, 2017 • In the fourth and final installment of our portrait of Ulysses Grant, we look at Grant's post-war role in Reconstruction, the Grant presidency, and Grant's final years after...

| October 1, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3

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August 30, 2017 • 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...

| August 30, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3

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August 30, 2017 • 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...

| August 30, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2

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July 21, 2017 • Grant from Shiloh to Vicksburg....

| July 21, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2

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July 21, 2017 • Grant from Shiloh to Vicksburg....

| July 21, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1

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June 21, 2017 • 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,...

| June 21, 2017

Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1

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June 21, 2017 •  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,...

| June 21, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 4

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May 25, 2017 • In the fourth and final chapter of our portrait of Robert E. Lee, we see Lee reluctantly forced to go on the defensive, as new Union commander Ulysses Grant presses the attack....

| May 25, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 4

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May 25, 2017 •  In the fourth and final chapter of our portrait of Robert E. Lee, we see Lee reluctantly forced to go on the defensive, as new Union commander Ulysses Grant presses the...

| May 25, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 1

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May 12, 2017 • 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...

| May 12, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 2

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May 12, 2017 • In Part 2 of our portrait of Robert E. Lee, we see Lee take command of the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Seven Pines.  Following successes at the Seven Days'...

| May 12, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 3

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May 12, 2017 • In Part 3, Lee earns victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, reorganizes his army after the death of Stonewall Jackson, and makes a fateful decision to journey north of...

| May 12, 2017

Episode 1: Robert E. Lee, Part 1

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May 12, 2017 •  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...

| May 12, 2017

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