4 minute Civil War

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Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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11 Responses to 4 minute Civil War

  1. kende says:

    That’s a fantastic video. Teaches more about the Civil War in a few minutes than most high school history classes get to sink in ever.

  2. jon says:

    Love the video. It really shows how inconsequential most of the “great” Southern victories were. Also, knowing the history to begin with, you really get to see graphically just how important Grant and Sherman were to the Union. Finally, you see how delusional Jeff Davis was after the fall of Petersburg and Richmond to think that the South could win an outright victory in the war, if only Lee and Johnston could link up and try to defeat Sherman and Grant in detail. Besides the most obvious fact that either of those two northern armies outnumbered the combined forces of Lee and Johnston.

  3. Curzon says:

    Awesome. I’ve always felt that geographic visualization of history is vital to understanding any “big picture” view of events, and this is probably the best way to do it — time-specific, one week per second fluctuations.

  4. PurpleSlog says:

    Wow. Thanks for posting that!

  5. ElamBend says:

    That is great. It shows the importance of the western campaigns (particularly linking up the Mississippi), it shows how much stasis there was during much of the war (fueling the anti-war copperheads), and boy-o-boy does that KIA ticker click along, even when it seems as if nothing is ‘happening’ on the map. Sherman’s march looks particularly signifigant.

  6. alec says:

    I love the Ken Burns music too. Harkens me back to the days of being a young’en, watching the PBS documentary and enjoying my proximity to significant battle sites. By the way, if you any of you live in the US and feel like seeing the wonders of capitalism in action, go to Gettysburg and enjoy firsthand some grade A degradation of a revered national site.

  7. Dan tdaxp says:

    Extremely beautiful. The KIA counter is horrifying, especially when nothing is happening. Bravo!

  8. Jayson says:

    Hey, what happened? Why was the clip removed?!

  9. Younghusband says:

    Looks like the video was removed from YouTube by the user. Too bad…

  10. bristlecone says:

    Jon, the South didn’t have to destroy the Grand Army of the Republic. They just had to make it painful enough for the North to decide it wasn’t worth the cost.

    Not unlike Ho Chi Minh’s tactics in the Vietnam war or Murtha’s tactics in the Iraq war.

    They also hoped to hang on long enough to get the British to pressure the North to the bargaining table. They thought a cotton embargo would hurt the Brits more than it did and overestimated British animus toward the Yankees. The Confederates were willing to become a British client state (the South was full of tory sympahizers during the Revolution).

    I think the South might well have won had the war started a hundred years later.