The History Channel Presents: The Civil War [6 Discs] [With Book/CD-ROM] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • 24-page companion booklet
  • Interactive DVD-ROM content

Synopsis

Civil War Journal: Robert E. Lee
This video is part of an acclaimed series from the History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series, narrated by Danny Glover, uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, reenactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This volume recounts the story of the military leader whose services were sought after by both sides in the conflict. But Virginian Robert E. Lee entered the affray on the side of the Confederacy and became its most honored and revered general in the losing cause. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Journal: The Battle of 1st Bull Run
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This episode chronicles the victory of Confederate troops, led by General Stonewall Jackson, over a surprised Union army. The victory preceded a long and arduous struggle in the conflict between the North and South. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Journal: The 54th Massachusetts
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This episode tells the story of the illustrious Union regiment that was comprised solely of African-Americans. The film studies the attitudes of Northerners and Southerners towards these unique soldiers. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Journal: West Point Classmates, Civil War Enemies
This video is part of an acclaimed series from the History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series, narrated by Danny Glover, uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, reenactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. Many of the greatest military minds on both sides of the war were trained at West Point, only to square off against each other as the conflict raged on. This volume recounts the story of this ironic twist of fate. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles - The Hornets Nest at Shiloh
Each episode of Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles focuses on a single engagement from America's bloodiest war. To bring the human side of the drama to life, each episode, while offering larger strategic commentary, focuses sharply on a single unit that engaged in fighting. Through careful re-enactments, viewers are given a sense of what it was like on the ground for those who fought and died in some of America's most brutal battles. This episode is about the street fight that was the battle of Shiloh. The program details the shooting that surrounded a bit of forest that came to be known as the Hornet's Nest, where a small group of Union soldiers held the line and saved the day for General Grant against a superior Confederate force that was initially operating with the advantage of surprise. Grant's obstinate defense led to his reputation as a commander who was perhaps too willing to spill the blood of his soldiers. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

Civil War Journal: Destiny at Fort Sumter
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This video explores the strategic importance of Charleston to both the Union and the Confederacy. The program includes the first battle of the war at Charleston Harbor. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Journal: John Brown's War
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This episode presents anti-slavery crusader John Brown and the events at Harper's Ferry. Brown's violent tactics made him a hero to some and a villain to others. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles - The Tragedy at Cold Harbor
Each episode of Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles focuses on a single engagement from America's bloodiest war. To bring the human side of the drama to life, each episode, while offering larger strategic commentary, focuses sharply on a single unit that engaged in fighting. Through careful re-enactments, viewers are given a sense of what it was like on the ground for those who fought and died in some of America's most brutal battles. This episode is about the Battle of Cold Harbor, one of the first major engagements of the war and -- with its series of trenches -- a bloody foretaste of the battles to come. The 2nd Connecticut under Colonel Elisha Kellogg and the 8th New York under Colonel Peter A. Porter were just two of the many Union regiments that would get their first taste of battle at Cold Harbor. This episode conveys the shock and horror of their baptism by fire, bringing their tragic story vividly to life. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

Civil War Journal: Stonewall Jackson
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. Southern military hero Stonewall Jackson, named for his reputation of standing like a stone wall against Union troops, is the subject of this volume. It was said that no Union weapon could kill Jackson. His demise by a stray Confederate bullet was a blow to the South, but only enhanced the mythic stature of the man. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Journal: Sherman and the March to the Sea
This video is part of an acclaimed series from The History Channel that chronicles the American Civil War. The series uses archival photographs, diaries, articles, re-enactments, and scholarly commentary to tell the story of the War Between the States. This episode chronicles General William Tecumseh Sherman's march to the sea. Leaving Atlanta in flames and ashes, Sherman's troops waged a scorched earth campaign from there to the coast, disheartening the Confederacy. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles - The Bloody Lane at Antietam
Each episode of Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles focuses on a single engagement from America's bloodiest war. To bring the human side of the drama to life, each episode, while offering larger strategic commentary, focuses sharply on a single unit that engaged in fighting. Through careful re-enactments viewers are given a sense of what it was like on the ground for those who fought and died in some of America's most brutal battles. This episode of the series concentrates on the fighting at Antietam, one of many missed opportunities by Union commanders to bring the war to a hasty conclusion. The savage fighting between the Union's Irish Brigade and the Alabama regiment, as they challenged for control of the road forever after known as Bloody Lane, offers viewers a window into this brutal moment of history. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles - The Wheatfield at Gettysburg
Each episode of Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles focuses on a single engagement from America's bloodiest war. To bring the human side of the drama to life, each episode, while offering larger strategic commentary, focuses sharply on a single unit. Through careful re-enactments, viewers are given a sense of what it was like on the ground for those who fought and died in some of America's most brutal battles. This episode is about the Battle of Gettysburg, widely regarded as the high-water mark of the Confederacy's military fortunes. This program features the mistakes made by a Union commander that led to a bloody and avoidable battle for 20 acres of wheat field near the center of the greater battle. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi


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