The Civil War 1990 | TV Show Watchlist

Premiered: September 23, 1990

Rating: TV-PG

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The Universe of Battle, 1863 Season 1, Episode 5 Sep 25, 1990 Subscription

This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days 150000 men will fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside culminating in Pickett's legendary charge. This extended episode then goes on to chronicle the fall of Vicksburg the New York draft riots the first use of black troops and the western battles at Chickamauga Georgia and Chattanooga Tennessee. The episode closes with the dedication of a new Union cemetery at Gettysburg in November where Abraham Lincoln struggles to put into words what is happening to his people.

Simply Murder, 1863 Season 1, Episode 4 Sep 25, 1990 Subscription

The nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg where Grant's attempts to take the city by siege are stopped. During the episode we learn of fierce Northern opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation the miseries of regimental life and the increasing desperation of the Confederate homefront. As the episode ends Lee decides to invade the North again to draw Grant's forces away from Vicksburg.

Fight For Freedom Season 1, Episode 3 Sep 24, 1990 Subscription

Dennis Haysbert examines objects of the Civil War that bring to life the perspective of the millions of African Americans who were living in slavery.

The Union Season 1, Episode 1 Sep 23, 1990 $1.99

Join Ashley Judd, descendant of a Union soldier, as she delves into the stories of the North's struggles during the Civil War.

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The Civil War Trailer
01:13 — Acclaimed PBS documentary series examines the causes and effects of the tragic war, as well as individual battles. Nine volumes.
Civil War Draft Brings Chaos to New York City
03:56 — Short on volunteers for the Union cause, Congress instituted a military draft, but when the draft wheels arrived in New York City on July 11th, 1863, (more…)
How the North Won the Civil War
02:54 — On May 19th, 1863, the Union military launched a siege on the trading port of Vicksburg, trapping thousands of residents and troops inside city border (more…)
The Gruesome Reality of Civil War Medicine
03:08 — During the Civil War, battlefield injuries often meant infection, amputation, and surgeries performed by inexperienced doctors.