Video: Peter Carmichael “Behind the Lines” interview with Civil War Monitor

The Civil War Monitor interviews Peter Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College and Director of the Civil War Institute. Carmichael is also author of The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion. In the book, he looks closely at over one hundred young white Virginians who came of age in the 1850s and ’60s. He argues that the experiences and the characteristics of the last generation to grow up with the institution of slavery force us to reexamine the nature of Southern manhood and the approach and aftermath of the Civil War.

In this video, Carmichael discusses the 2012 and 2013 Civil War Institutes and the state of public history.