The Civil War

  • 2011
  • TV Show
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Interviews, panel discussions, and debates about the events and people who shaped the Civil War era

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War Is All Hell, 1865 Season 1, Episode 8 Sep 27, 1990 Subscription

The episode begins with William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant march to the sea which brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In March following Lincoln's second inauguration first Petersburg and then Richmond finally fall to Grant's army. Lee's tattered Army of Northern Virginia flees westward towards a tiny crossroads town called Appomattox Court House. There the dramatic and deeply moving surrender of Lee to Grant takes place. The episode ends in Washington where John Wilkes Booth begins to dream of vengeance for the South.

Most Hallowed Ground, 1864 Season 1, Episode 7 Sep 26, 1990 Subscription

The episode begins with the presidential election of 1864 that sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself: with Grant and Sherman stalled at Petersburg and Atlanta opinion in the North has turned strongly against the war. But 11th-hour victories at Mobile Bay Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln and the Confederacy's last hope for independence dies. In an ironic twist poignantly typical of the Civil War Lee's Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery the Union's most hallowed ground.

Fight For Freedom Season 1, Episode 3 Nov 10, 2013 $2.99

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.

A Very Bloody Affair, 1862 Season 1, Episode 2 Sep 24, 1990 Subscription

1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows Union General George McClellan's ill-fated campaign on the Virginia Peninsula where his huge army meets a smaller but infinitely more resourceful Confederate force. During this episode we witness the battle of ironclad ships partake of camp life and watch slavery begin to crumble. We meet Ulysses S. Grant whose exploits come to a bloody climax at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. The episode ends with rumors of Europe's readiness to recognize the Confederacy.

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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…)
Dennis Haysbert on Civil War 360: Behind the Scenes
02:01 — Go behind the scenes with Dennis Haysbert on the set of Civil War 360: Fight for Freedom, as he explores our nation's history from a unique perspectiv (more…)
Ken Burns Civil War Interview
02:50 — Ken Burns talks about the Civil War

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