Dr. Steven Woodworth on the importance of the Western Theater

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Steve WoodowrthWe are providing access to this content (i.e., streaming audio files from CWTR) because Dr. Woodworth is a friend to the Civil War Gazette in many ways, none the least of which is in an advisory capacity.

February 4th, 2005

How important was the Western Theater to the Civil War? What was the religious life of soldiers like? How does one do or write good history without being driven by one’s own paradigm? Is interest in the Civil War cresting, getting tired of it? If you could go back to meet with one person, whom would you meet and what would you say? Professor, and advisor to the Civil War Gazette, Steven E. Woodowrth was recently interviewed by Civil War Talk Radio.

Segment One

  • How did Dr. Woodworth get interested in the Civil War?
  • How important was the Western Theatre in the Civil War?
  • How important was the Nashville basin to the South?
  • What was Braxton Bragg’s problem?
  • What about Buell and the high command of the West?
  • Where are Grant’s genius found?
  • How would you rank Sherman?

    Segment Two

  • Talk about the religious lives of Civil War soldiers.
  • Was Protestant Christianity dominant in the mid 19th century?
  • Why do historians seem to neglect the religious aspects of Civil War soldiers?
  • How does one write good history without being driven by our own views?
  • Did religious revivals similarly impact both the north and south? How does the “Lost Cause” view relate to this?
  • What role did National religious aspects, denominationalism, play during the Civil War?
  • Why did you largely omit Catholics in your book “God is marching on”?

    Segment Three

  • How do your students react when you talk about religion in the Civil War?
  • Is interest in the Civil War cresting, getting tired of it?
  • What do you think about re-enactors?
  • Do some people get too much wrapped into the minutiae of the Civil War?
  • Have professional historians lost touch with what non-academics are interested in?
  • If you could go back to meet with one person, whom would you meet and what would you say?
  • Talk about Lincoln and his religious views.

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