Review – Lee’s Body Guards 39th Bttn Va Cavalry

Hardy, Michael C. Lees Body Guards: The 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2019.

The 39th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry was a special unit whose formation was requested by General Robert E. Lee.  Lee believed that detaching troopers from regular cavalry units for use by generals as couriers, messengers, escorts, scouts, and security disrupted normal operations and deemed that a specific battalion be formed for this purpose.  Enter the 39th Battalion.  These troopers served at the pleasure of many Confederate generals, but often referred to themselves as Lee’s Body Guards.

Michael C. Hardy employs his usual thoroughness in examining this little-known unit.  Hardy mined every source to find every tidbit and scrap of information available on these soldiers and weaved them into an in-depth and fascinating treatment.  Every soldier played a part in the war and despite the post-modernist perversion of history of this period during recent decades, understanding history is important.  In order to do this, we must broaden it and few historians are more prolific than Michael C. Hardy in this effort.  Read this book, you won’t be sorry.

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Video 10 – Billy Sunday & His Secret Weapon

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This video was the final research project from my class about Christianity in America. 

Billy Sunday was an evangelist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a professional baseball player when he gave his heart to Christ. Billy Sunday was a staunch advocate of Prohibition and manliness. He was known for the physical quality of his sermons and frequently employed athletic stunts. He preached over twenty thousand sermons to millions of people across America and was credited with over a quarter of a million converts to Christ. His moderate success burgeoned in 1908, raising his evangelism to a legendary status due to his wife Nell Sunday’s taking on the duties of managing the business and personnel aspects of his ministry. This, however; came at a high price to the Sunday family.

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Video 9 – Televangelism

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one was another from my class about Christianity in America. 

Televangelism is a powerful modern innovation. It provides a mass media platform which allows popular evangelists to reach audiences who would otherwise never hear their messages. There is sadly, a dark side to televangelism. Some of the Godly are seduced by money and lose their path, while there are others who appear to be solely motivated by profit.

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Video 8 – Billy Sunday and Christian Fundamentalism

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one was the next from my class about Christianity in America. This video continues the series and shows a pivot point in my video-graphic skills. I had limited time to get this one done as I was up against the deadline, so I did not have time to re-shoot. I did learn how to prevent many of the issues I encountered in this one for future videos.

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Video 7 – Moravian Church

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one was the second from my class about Christianity in America. This video gives a brief history of the Moravian Church.

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Video 6 – Christian Founding of America

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one was the first in a class about Christianity in America and explores the question about the Christian foundation of America. I hope you enjoy it.

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Video 5 – Battle of Alamance

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This was the final project for my American Revolution class and is on the Battle of Alamance. I recorded much of it on the actual battlefield. I had an early mishap where the adapter for my external microphone was broken in a tumble that my equipment took so I was reliant on the internal microphone. This caused some wind noise, but I did manage to deaden that some. Wind noise and other atmospheric interference is something I discovered how to deal with as I went through the two classes these videos represent, so you will see the progression of my video skills. I hope you enjoy this recording.

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Barringer hits homerun with Rosser bio

Barringer, Sheridan R. Custer’s Gray Rival: The Life of Confederate Major General Thomas Lafayette Rosser. Burlington, NC: Fox Run Publishing, 2019.

Sheridan R. Barringer has turned in a solid biography with his new entry of the life of Major General Thomas L. Rosser.  Rosser is an interesting mixture, both underrated by history and overrated within his own mind.  Rosser was a solid and highly capable cavalry commander who squabbled with his superiors almost as much as he fought with the Federal army.  Handpicked by Jeb Stuart for cavalry command from his previous command in artillery, his first infighting manifested with Confederate Secretary of War, George Randolph, when Rosser said he preferred to remain in the artillery.  Stuart intervened and cajoled him into accepting the command, however; he eventually turned on Stuart when promotions didn’t flow as quickly as Rosser believed he deserved.  Despite this, Rosser ended the war in division command under Wade Hampton, having fought many interesting and important battles.

Rosser’s after war life and adventures as a railroad executive out west and his hitch as a Brigadier General of volunteers in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War bring nearly as much flavor to the saga.  Barringer also gives special coverage to the close personal friendship between Rosser and George Armstrong Custer, dating back to their days as fellow cadets at West Point.  This biography brings great depth to the study of the cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia and is destined to be the most definitive work on this overlooked general.

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Video 4 – 10th Amendment

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one focuses on the Tenth Amendment. I hope you enjoy it.

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Video 3 – Thomas Jefferson

Hello again! Continuing with my academic break from my writing career, here is the next in the series of videos I have produced in my classes. This one focuses on Thomas Jefferson. I hope you enjoy it.

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