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during the winter of '62 and '63 the last winter of jackson's life. the chief signal officer, r.h.t. adams of a.p. hill's division was accepting orders from jackson's staff without going through the division commander, and ha made hill angry and he complained about it. jackson threw him had under arrest again. but a couple of weeks before chancellorsville there's good etched the two of them met in prospect hill looking down toward the lower crossing of the rapahaneck near smithfield, when they met they climbed off the horse, took their gloves off, shook hands and talked in a warm fashion so they had somehow come to terms with that to at least some extent. the origin system august of 1862 and the end is april 1863. anyone else? we're just about right on time.
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>> yes, sir, there's one more. >> will you comment on what jackson thought about the jefferson davis during 1862 and possibly vice versa? >> what thomas jackson thought of jefferson davis in 1862. jackson had a low opinion of davis. there are a number of episodes that make that abundantly clear. jackson's world view was that thing were supposed to run according to the manual. and davis not only had accepted way out of channels complaints about jackson during the romney campaign, that not only did not go through jackson which is the way the about book's supposed to be but he might have forgiven that, they went right straight to the secretary of war, the secular leader of the war effort.
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and snacks also is said to have been -- this is not quite so well documented -- disgusted with davis' unwilling to pur soof after first pa nasa. but there is a documented episode in the aftermath of the seven days when jefferson davis rode down past the battlefields to malverne hill hill on the morning of july 2 and came into the room where lee was for a conference with the leading commanders, jackson was present. he immediately stood up, stiffly at attention and then promptly left the room and there were evidences that he just didn't want to be around davis. he never said in writing what he thought about the davis. he would never say such a thing. that would be contrary to that by the book world view that he embraced to keep his life online. we have precisely used up our time. thank you for your attention.
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>> okay, gang, as bob gets mic'd up to do q and a with the c-span audience, we're going to take a break for 15 minutes. we'll be back in here at exactly ten minutes of the hour. and we will hear david blythe next. i just want to give you just a highlight. david and bob will disagree on who the person of the year is for 1862, but i think that the greatest disagreement is bob is a hopeless san francisco giants fan and david equally with the detroit tigers. so that's their major disagreement. again, so let's take a break. books available and coffee and doughnuts outside. thank you.
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>> you're watching american history tv on c-span3 where we are bringing you all day coverage from the library of virginia in richmond. the second year they've done this event with us in looking at
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the person of the year, and this year it's 1862. the civil war celebrating the 150th anniversary. 1862 is the year they're focusing on this year. and today, five historians will present their case for person of the year. we heard from robert crick who for 30 years was chief historian at fredericksburg and spots sylvania national military park. and his nomination was thomas stonewall jackson, general jackson. we're going to talk to robert crick momentarily and also take your phone calls, as well. here are the phone lines if you live in the eastern and central time zone, the number is 202-585-3885, mountain and pacific 202 ohio 585-3886. mute your television when you call in so you don't feed back. you can participate online even if you don't want to call in at we will focus specifically on the #poty 1862, if you put that
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in your tweet, we'll try to read some of those. we already very postings on facebook, join in with your nomination for person of the year, 1862 and just a couple of them want to take a look at now. writing in for lincoln. justin says it should be lincoln in september of '62. with the emancipation proclamation. also paul martin says the abolitionist william lloyd garrison. we'll look at a couple of those and take your phone calls, as well. robert crick joins us from the library of virginia in richmond. robert crick, your nomination was thomas stonewall jackson. outside of the south in 1862, how well-known was stonewall jackson? >>. >> '62 began, he was barely known in the south and probably not at all in the north and the impact that he made in 1862
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seems to me to be in large part eight consequence of that explosion as though on a cat at that time put to fame. his impact on the year in the minds of southerners and of northerners both the soldiers in the field and the civilians at home on both sides of the river went from nothing to i an great deal and that is part of my case in making him the man of the year for 1862. he gave the south the opportunity to look for some success and find a good bit of it later in 1862. they had had non, not i an tincture of success until jackson a little bit in march but mostly may and june in 1862 in the virginia shenandoah valley won victories is of some consequence. they had some substance but they were not as important in actual fact as they were in the minds on both sides about the new nation having a life, having some potential, having some capacity to succeed. >> toward the end of your comments, you made the point you
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thought that thomas jackson would have been a failure as the head of an army. and yet, certainly his legacy after his death in 1863 certainly was a motivation for southern soldiers. >> yes, his personality, his style, his world view was so rigid and constrained that he was not going to lead a large number of powerful men. t corps commanders and division commanders and so forth smooth little in al integrated effort. his unquestioned ability and his determination and zeal were priceless attributes. hard to imagine that those would have translated on to a larger stage. it really is. >> you're going to be joined by four other historians today presenting their case for person of the year, 1862. in that field. who do you think some of the other contestants will be in. >> i'm quite sure someone been talk about general lee.
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emory thomas has written a good biography. he would guess that's where he would go. i have no inside information. there will be some political figures. someone suggested on one of your blogs abraham lincoln should get the attention. that would make a good bit more sense were it not in this context that last year he was the man of the year in 1861 in this particular venue. almost surely he will not be mentioned this year. he was last year's man. >> andern if you can stay with us, we'll hear from spots sylvania, virginia. hi, vince, go ahead with your comments. >> mr. krick, can i recently heard a theory attributed to you. i wanted you to comment on it. and that is that the friendly fire that wounded jackson as chancellorsville may not have been the localized event we think of it as today and that it was something more like a sympathetic reactionary rolling
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tide that started actually maybe miles away. as it moved along a line of fire, it ended up wounding him and killing some of his staff and that same reactionary sympathetic fire also wounded a.b. hill. could you comment on that? >> i have written an extensive chapter with lots of footnotes called the "smooth volley that doomed the confederacy." it's documented this ripple of fire which moved up the line and eventually came to where jackson was wasn't miles away, it was bfs three-quarters of a mile away to the south down a straight line of confederate troops. on their far right, they ran into a gaggle of federals, captured a general in the process and it seems to have spread up the line. i think that's pretty surely what happened. but you can decide for yourself with all the evidence in front of you if you look at that chapt chapter. hill was not wounded, which was pretty remarkable.
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jackson was about 100 yards away from the smooth bore muskets which an amazing number of confederates were still carrying with the war half over in may of 1863. he was just about at the extreme range for those muskets and hill was right next to them but they missed hill and hit jackson. >> we have a call from fredericksburg, virginia. go ahead, peter. welcome. go ahead with your comment. >> bob, as usual, we enjoy your talks. i was wondering if you would care to comment on jackson's actions in the second manassas campaign, the antietam campaign and also the fredericksburg campaign which concluded in 1862. and whether you feel that it enhanced his qualifications for man of the year or was he just a really superior super subordinate executing lee's
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work? >> well, all three of those campaigns jackson did very well in. fredericksburg, the battle was pretty much a set piece, the most rigidly set piece battle of the war in the east. federals attacking, confederates resisting without a lot of movement. sharpsburg involved a lot of movement but not as much as subsequently chancellorsville. >> fredericksburg senior the joint plan that he and lee crafted and it certainly contributes mightily to the success of the confederacy. there's a very interesting quote from lee that pertains to all of this. and that is in the fall of 162 when the confederate congress finally authorized the lieutenant general's rank. northerners never did that far. they created corps legally officially and lieutenant generals to command those corps. lee proposed that jackson and long street be given the two the
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lieutenant general bill lets and the two corps commands in the northern army of virginia. in acknowledgement of jackson's failure although the public didn't recognize it, everyone in the army did, jefferson davis inquired of lee, are you sure that jackson deserves this? now, davis's letter to lee saying that does not survive so far as i know but it can be interpolated from lee's response which was ever since the seven days, jackson has been everything i expected him to be or could want him to be. so that's a nice rubric for rest of 1862 for thomas jackson. >> robert krick joins us from the library of virginia looking at the person of the year 1862. we also have a comment on facebook, a comment about the role of thomas stonewall jackson. matthew lowenstein says that richmond would fall in the spring of 1862 without him. what do you think of that?
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>> the parallel universe, the counter factual world is wide open for all of us to speculate. i'm with him. it is hard to imagine without jackson coming down from the valley onto the exposed federal wing even though that did not work nearly as well as it was hoped would, as it ought to have done, without jackson here, it's hard to imagine lee succeeding. skillful though he was, mcclellan had too many people. i'm not opposed to that notion at all. >> let's go to joe in new york. >> hello. i have a question regarding jackson's valley campaign. prior to the battle of port republic at cross keys, richard uell thought that battle almost independently without the knowledge of jackson. can we assume the two had a good relation or did it just happen that's the way the battle was
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fought? >> the two by this time did not have a really good relation. you heard my quotes three weeks earlier. eull was calling him all sorts of names, was writing home that jackson was insane. he was coming around by now. this is about the point as which he had admitted to one of his fellow officers that he had been wrong about jackson. but they were hardly on really close terms. jackson did come to cross keys once during the day. did not get all the way to the front apparently. had almost no impact on it. that is dick eull's battle first last and always. more than anything it's isaac ac-trimble's battle at a tactical level. it's not a masterpiece of operations or anything else. it's a holding action against fremont. fremont was an incredibly successful explorer in the west and apparently just a hell of a guy in almost every way but he was not that capable a military man. and holding him back from
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closing in down toward port republic which was essential, eull did well but on the other hand, it was not an enormous chore either by most stands standards. >> bernie is in brooklyn. hello, go ahead. >> good morning. when davis appointed lee as command of the army of virginia, was jackson forever considered and what was the -- if he was, what was the rationale? was the rationale that you presented that he couldn't get along with his underlings or -- >> lee was appoint to command the army of northern virginia. just after the serious wounding of joe johnston during the battle of seven pines. the evening of the last day of may. lee took command two days later after a brief interval when smith commanded the army. there was no question that lee was the man for the job.
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he was here in richmond. he had the rank. jackson would not have been considered, he wasn't even on the long, long, long slate to consider that. his rank was not high enough. his experience was not high enough. lee was the obvious choice. and jackson was not even a candidate. after he had reached lieutenant general's rank late in 1862 is when there might have been the question to which i addressed myself about commanding one of the larger armies while lee took another one. after jackson had the rank next to that of army commander. but people were not jumped two ranks under any circumstances that i can think of. so he wasn't on the slate. he was not a candidate. >> richard is in concord, massachusetts on the line for us. thanks for joining us here on american history tv. >> thank you for having me. i'm glad to see that someone has picked stonewall. i've been talking about him being the man of the year for the last year or so. but my question is, as historians we usually don't speculate in what could have
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happened. but i can like your opinion what you think might have happened had general jackson lived past may of 1863. >> i alluded during the formal presentation to the fact that the single question i've been most asked is what kind of like that only more specific what if jackson had been at gettysburg. it's impossible to foretell what would have happened, needless to say. that is patently obvious. but the question really, what if jackson had been at gettysburg is people are wanting to hoist him in to the foot of east cemetery hill in the vicinity of culp's hill at the end of july 1 with things having unfolded as they had. that's not a legitimate question. this is like the ancient greeks with the god and the machine. they would hoist in a figure to resolve all of the issues at the end of the play. dropping jackson in there just doesn't work historically because had jackson lived, instead of three confederate corps under lee going north and
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winding up at gettysburg there would have been only the two. without reorganization, presumably long street and jackson and every hour of every day as they move through the country roads in western maryland and south central pennsylvania, the options to turn this way or that for the two corps instead of the three corps as it wound up were limitless. jackson with his drive might have the fought the famous battle at harrisburg or cleveland, ohio or who knows where. dropping him into gettysburg isn't legitimate. having said that i would have no doubt he would have gone up east cemetery hill and that would have been the end of the battle of gettysburg. >> we have a couple more quick calls before the program resumes at the library of virginia. let's hear from carol in ann arbor, michigan. >> and good morning, sir. i wanted to tell you how fascinating this is. i am in ann arbor, michigan. the program is so very interesting for those of us who aren't in your region.
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we did live in michigan or we lived in richmond for a couple years and went to all these battlefields and studied and learned about it. and i wanted to let you know there are still re-enactments up here and people who are very interested in michigan in the civil war in studying it. so thank you for airing this nationally. and for bringing such fascinating speakers. >> well, i should admit that i lived in michigan for a few years. i was very, very young. my theory is it did me no harm in the long-term because i was so young and moved on to california. i'm glad to hear about the interest out there and i hope you will parlay that into support for preserving the battlefields. get on the internet and go look for civil is the biggest of the groups, doing a spectacular job. it needs support from everyone. >> and robert krick, just to recap, the first of five historians here at the library of virginia in richmond talking about the person of the year,
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1862. once again, mr. krick, thanks for taking phone calls from viewers. >> yes, sir. >> just a couple of minutes, the program will resume with a different perspective. david blythe from yale university from their center for the study of slavery, resistance and abolition, we'll hear his nomination. we'll be back with phone calls in about 45 or 50 minutes or so. but you can continue the conversation online as well if you can go being to, our handle is c pan history. and also use the hash tag poty 86. person of the year, 1862. we'll try to take a look at some of those tweets after the next historian speaks. also at, the question is posted there. we'll read some of those throughout the day, as well. watching live coverage. you're watching live coverage from the university of -- from the library of virginia in richmond. it is an event co-hosted by the
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library and also by the museum of the confederacy. once again, robert krick the first of five historians who will speak today. we'll hear everywhere james mcpherson, all of that on the way today here on american history tv on c-span3. ladies and gentlemen, if you could return to your seats, we'll get restarted in just a moment.
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okay. let's get restarted if we could. our next speaker, i mentioned earlier, he's a i detroit tigers fan. i think the reason that he particularly likes rich monday is that we sent justin verlander to the tigers. but david blythe is a familiar face here in richmond. coming down from connecticut quite frequently to speak with us in the virginia historical society and the american civil war center. david has done quite a bit to help our understanding here and nationally about the civil war. david is the class of 1954 professor at yale university. excuse me, professor of american history at yale university and
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he's also the director of the gilder lehrman center for the study of slavery resistance in abolition. best knowntom civil war audiences as the author of the 2001 book spb race and reunion, the civil war and american history." he has recently published for the civil war sesquicentennial a perceptive look at the civil war centennial entitled "american orac orac oracle." it's a pleasure to welcome back to the museum and to you today david blythe. >> thank you very much, wade. good morning. i have one rule i always try to enforce whenever i'm speaking in the south. i can't quite do it every time
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but it's to have at least emory thomas on my flank. i never go anywhere in the south without emory if i can help it. just kidding. what a thrill it was last year to be in charleston for the 150th with emory on one side and bud robertson on the other. and i got away with it. >> and with jim mcpherson on my other flank today, i'm likely to get out alive. it is always a thrill to do anything with the museum of the confederacy, i owe the book race and reunion in part to the fantastic collection of the museum of the confederacy. there is no better place to study the memorial, period of the confederacy than in those collections. and in those years i was doing that research, john and ruth ann
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even used to let me in early. doesn't get any better than that. i was seldom whipped by my old master. and suffered little from anything else than hunger and cold. he would be whipped mercilessly by two subsequent masters. i suffered much from hunger but much more everywhere cold. and hot as summer and coldest winter, i was kept almost naked. no shoes, no stockings, no jacket, no trousers, nothing on but a coarse towel linen shirt reaching only to my knees. i had no bed. i must have perished with cold. but that the -- but that the coldest nights, i used to steal a bag which was used for carrying corn to the mill. i would call into this bag and there sleep on the cold, damp,
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clay floor. with my head in and the feet out. my feet have been so cracked with the frost that the pen with which i am writing might be laid into the gashes that man's pen and the voice from which it came changed the world. he changed the world with metaphors. like a former slave's pen laid in the gashes of his feet. the person whose story i tell today had not yet fired a shot in anger in this war by 1862. so far as i know, he never actually shouldered a firearm any time in his life.
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he did not attend west point. nor the u.s. naval academy. he has never held any elective office to this point in time. and never would. sorry. that's post-1862. nor does he have any formal education in american schools or colleges of higher learning. he has nos family pedigree our society would consider even worth noting. his very existence as an adult free man at age 44 in this dark and distracted year of 162 required of him physical resistance, great emotional resilience, intellectual cunning extraordinary bravery, and blatant law breaking. well before the secession crisis, the emassing of the
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great armies in the fields of virginia, before the battles of bull run and shiloh, long before the horrible battles of the seven days around richmond here, before the bloody day at antietam in maryland in september of 1862, my subject was and is a surviving veteran of an older, longer war. that state of war, the country called slavery and that the world called slavery. human kind's ancient desire and capacity to exploit and make property of its fellow human beings. if we could have the pictures there.


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