Profiled: Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, whose marches across Georgia (1864) and the Carolinas (1865) weakened the South militarily and economically. Included: the burning of Atlanta; the capture of Savannah.
Confederate general George Pickett's role in the battle of Gettysburg (July 1863), including his ill-fated charge on the Union line at Cemetery Ridge. The entire battle resulted in some 51,000 casualties.
The first battle of Bull Run in July 1861, in which Union forces commanded by Gen. Irvin McDowell were forced to retreat, and Confederate general Thomas J. Jackson earned the nickname "Stonewall" by holding his ground against a greater force.
The life of abolitionist John Brown (1800-59), including his assault on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry. "I expect to effect a mighty victory conquest," Brown said, "even though it be like the last victory of Samson."
The all-black 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the subject of the film "Glory." The unit was led by inexperienced Col. Robert Gould Shaw, and sustained heavy casualties in an 1863 battle at Fort Wagner in South Carolina.