Raising the Civil War Death Toll

In recent years, the casualty estimates from the Civil War have been raised. Joe Houts says there’s a good reason for it, and his great-great grandfather’s journal is just one of the many items that lends support to that theory. A unique look back at one surgeon in the War Between the States is today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Medicine in the Civil War

Most of us would do good just to know the name of our great, great grandfather. Joe Houts not only knows his name, but could write a few books about what the man accomplished. In fact, it’s the subject of an entire exhibit at a St. Joseph, Missouri, museum. We go there on today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Video: St. Joe’s Early Entrepreneur

The latest American Countryside video features St. Joseph, Missouri, and one of its early entrepreneurs. William Wyeth helped outfit settlers as they headed west from Missouri — and even helped them stock up along the trail.

The video was produced with the help of Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area. Freedoms Frontier is dedicated to preserving stories from along the Missouri-Kansas border, where the fight over slavery played a big part in the start of the Civil War.

Gettysburg Week: Supporting the Soldiers

When a soldier heads to battle, there are many organizations that volunteer their services to help he or she and their families. During the Civil War, this organization grew from the YMCA to fill those needs. It’s a piece of history that few know. The story of the group is today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Gettysburg Week: Guiding Us Through History

He’s shared his knowledge with joint chiefs of staff, ambassadors and other high ranking government officials. But when you lead tours here, some of the most memorable encounters come when you least expect them. We continue with our 150th anniversary series on the battle of Gettysburg on this edition of The American Countryside.

Scenic Route: Supporting the Troops Before the USO

Before the USO was sending Bob Hope overseas, a little-known organization went to the war front to support soldiers in the Civil War. John Wega founded his own museum to share its story — and on this Scenic Route, he shares it with Andrew McCrea.

Scenic Route: Gettysburg Remembered

As America celebrates the anniversary of its founding, it also celebrates the 150th anniversary of one of its most important battles — the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. On this episode of The Scenic Route, Andrew McCrea talks to Gettysburg battlefield ranger Eric Campbell for an in-depth look back at one of the battle’s forgotten Union heroes.

Gettysburg Week: The Man Behind the “Charge”

He is perhaps the most famous name to fight at the battle of Gettysburg. His leadership on the battlefield has made his name immortal, but he would probably preferred to remain anonymous. Hear the story of the man behind the “charge” on today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Gettysburg Week: What a Way to Spend Retirement

Imagine hitting the age to retire and then deciding to go volunteer for the army. That is what John Burns did. The military rejected him because of his age…but then the battle came to him and he joined the army anyway. It’s our week long series on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Week: The General (Most of) America Forgot

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 3.02.54 PMIn the three days leading up to Indpendence Day, 1863, Americans waged the greatest of battles against one another at Gettysburg. So on the 150th anniversary of the battle, we’ll spend this week there, taking a look back at the the people and sites that played at important role in the conflict. We begin with the man who led the Union…a man most Americans cannot name.

Beefing Up the Hulls of Ships

300px-New_ironsides_sailsNecessity is the mother of invention.  When the Civil War began, it was relatively easy to sink wooden ships, so both sides immediately began beefing up the exteriors of their hulls.  What resulted was a famous type of ship that was only on the naval scene but for a few short years…..

Monks and the Civil War

Who helped supply the Union army’s depot in Galena, Illinois during the Civil War? The monks at this abbey, of course. Their work is why you’ll find many of the beautiful buildings that still stand on the hills just outside of Dubuque…..

Die or Betray a Friend?

Sam Davis had an important choice to make. His decision would determine if he would live or be hung…..

A Story Everyone from Tennessee Knows by Heart

His job was to use his stealth to maneuver through enemy lines and gather as much information as possible for his own army.  His story is one that almost everyone in the state of Tennessee knows by heart….

Cape Girardeau: Civil War History

Civil War engineers were simply running out of names, but that doesn’t mean the forts here were not important.  It’s a place where the Union troops simply named their forts for the letters of the alphabet…..

The Battle of Boonville

As you may know, we do all of our stories from the actual location where they occur. While we did travel to this town, our computer ate the interview sometime after the broadcast, but that didn’t keep us from getting John Holtzclaw on the phone to talk about the 600 civil war troops that will soon arrive in his hometown…..

Famous, But Not for Fort Sumter

One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter. The man who returned fire for the Union, became far more famous for something unrelated to the war…..

Attending a Civil War Reunion

75 years after the Battle of Gettysburg, the veterans of the Civil War were still coming here for reunions……

William Quantrill

Mention the name William Quantrill in Kansas or Missouri, and you’re likely to get stories of Quantrill’s Raiders sweeping into Kansas to burn cities and take lives. The infamous confederate leader died during the Civil War and is buried in two graves 600 miles from each other…..

The Battle of Cedar Creek

There are nearly 400 national park sites in the United States. Today we visit one of the newest in the system; a place of vital importance in American history, yet a place many have never heard of…..