Civil War

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Many people are calling for the removal of statues, monuments, and other divisive symbols across the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and ongoing racial tensions. The Confederate Flag is one of these controversial symbols and has a connection with South Dakota.

Not long after the end of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers migrated to the Midwest to what were called “Soldier Colonies.”

Steve Inskeep's New Book: Imperfect Union

Jan 24, 2020

In The Moment ... January 24, 2020 Show 740 Hour 1

It's somewhat surprising more historians haven't penned epic works about John Fremont and his equally influential wife Jessie Fremont. Leave that to Steve Inskeep. He's cohost of NPR's Morning Edition. You hear his voice every day right here on SDPB Radio. 

His new book is called "Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War."  

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... January 16, 2018 Show 256 Hour 2

He's one of history's often overlooked generals. This week's Images of the Past features General George Crook. Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, shares the story of a Civil War general and the desperate struggle for survival for the men who followed him.

Professor Kurt Hackemer, Chair, History, Philosophy & Native Studies at the University of South Dakota.  Professor Hackemer present this month's Humanities Research Forum, “Wartime Trauma and the Lure of the Frontier: Civil War Veterans in Dakota Territory."  Hackemer’s presentation is Tuesday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. (refreshments at 3:30 p.m.) in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room.

S.D. Civil War Monument Rededicated In Pierre

Jun 2, 2015
Courtesy S.D. State Historical Society

A monument to veterans of the Civil War was rededicated in Pierre yesterday, exactly 95 years after the granite marker and statue were first erected in the state’s capitol. But turning the Civil War shrine from an idea into reality took longer than the historic conflict.

When you think of states that were involved in the Civil War, you don’t generally include South Dakota. And you’d be right – sort of. After all, no battles related to the war-between-the-states took place here. 

David Jal Recollects Civil War Days In Sudan

Oct 16, 2013

David Jal was born and raised in Northeast Africa in the Dunyal Village in Southern Sudan with dreams of becoming a geography teacher.  As civil war intensified, he fled at the age of ten with his dream of teaching replaced by the desire of surviving.  He spent nearly ten years in refugee camps in East Africa.  Jal lived in the Itang Refugee Camp in Ethiopia from 1987 to 1992, and in the Walda, Ifo and Kakuma Refugee Camps in Kenya from 1992 to 1995.  In 1994, he was approved to be resettled in the United States and was able to come as a refugee in 1995.  He’s co-author of “David’s Journey”