February 8 – Civil War New Orleans
In 1861, the City of New Orleans prepared for an imminent invasion by Union forces after Louisiana joined the Confederacy. As a crisis loomed, leadership, politics and military shortcomings became evident.
February 15 – Battlefield Monuments: Vicksburg
General Parker Hills joins Mark to discuss the monuments at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi. Gen. Hills’ book Art of Commemoration catalogues and details the magnificent sculpture, architecture, the artists and interpretations that memorialize the Park.
February 22 – The Band of Brothers: George Luz and Easy Company
In this episode, guest George Luz, Jr. talks about his father’s experiences in WWII as a soldier in Easy Company, the Band of Brothers. We discuss the training, toil, camaraderie and sacrifices of the men in E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
March 1 – Hood’s Texas Brigade
Susannah J. Ural, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi and co-director of the University’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society discusses her recent book, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’ts Most Celebrated Unit. Published by Louisiana State University Press.
March 8 – Civil War New Orleans
General Mansfield Lovell assumes military command of New Orleans and begins to shore up the defenses. He affirms that the threat will come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, despite Richmond’s insistence that he transfer men and boats north. Construction begins on two super CSA gunboats, the Louisiana and Mississippi—said to surpass anything the Union had.
March 15 – Leadership in WWII
Chris Anderson joins Mark to discuss leadership in the Second World War at various levels. As an expert on Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, he highlights Major Dick Winters of Band of Brothers renown.
March 22 – Patton and the Third Army at Fort Driant
After the historic breakout in Normandy and their rapid advance through northern France, the Third Army faced an unexpected obstacle at Fort Driant on the Maginot Line. A seasoned garrison of Wehrmacht troops put up a staunch resistance. Historian Kevin Hymel returns to discuss the action there.
March 29 – Questions About Lincoln
Professor Gerry Prokopowicz discusses Abraham Lincoln, his youth, early career, presidency and the Civil War. He addresses some of the popular questions readers ask about the sixteenth president as well as some of the more obscure ones.