The American Civil War is one of the most studied military conflicts in world history. There have been numerous books, films and documentaries that have looked at almost every aspect of the war, yet none have taken you directly to the battle line to see the action from the soldier's point of view. With the help of several thousand living history re-enactors, THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR penetrates the fog of war and allows you to experience the glory and heartache of the battles that changed war forever. Through personal letters, official reports and diaries, viewers will come to understand not only the battle but also the political and personal factors that caused our nation to take up arms. The captivating period photography, the authentic Civil War-era music and the fascinating living history re-enactments bring to life this enormous struggle and allow future generations to bear witness to events that forged our nation.
This epic-length documentary travels back to the 19th Century for a systematic examination of the deadliest conflict in U.S. history: the Civil War of 1861-65. The program begins with Abraham Lincoln's foreboding prophecy on June 16, 1858 - when the legendary president identified an unsettling contradiction at the heart of the nation: the fact that the young country promised full and unchecked human rights and yet also promulgated slavery - a slavery fully woven into the fabric of society. The film then springboards from the Lincoln speech into a sweeping look at the particular events of the war - including early anti-slavery protests, the battle of Appomattox, and much more; more broadly, the documentary explores the forces that drove violent schisms between Americans for the duration of the tumult.