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Civil War: The Untold Story

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The struggle between North and South was shaped by events in what was then called the West, the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. The region saw some of the conflict's bloodiest encounters (Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga) and featured iconic leaders from both sides. Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) narrates a revealing new documentary that takes a fresh look at the Civil War. 5 episodes, 4 ½ hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH, viewer's guide. From Athena.
Disc 1
Chapter 1: Bloody Shiloh
In the wake of the Confederate victory at Bull Run, Northern hopes for a quick end to the war are dashed, and Union leaders realize that defeating the South will mean taking the fight beyond the Appalachians. In March 1862, Ulysses S. Grant disembarks an army at Pittsburg Landing in Confederate-held Tennessee. Near a Methodist meeting hall called Shiloh-a Hebrew word meaning place of peace-the first epic battle of the Civil War erupts.

Chapter 2: A Beacon of Hope
Both sides realize a Confederate win at Shiloh would be a giant step towards Southern independence. After early Confederate successes in the battle, Grant rallies his stunned troops, who repulse waves of enemy attacks at a dense thicket dubbed the Hornet's Nest. On Shiloh's second day, Grant goes on the offensive, winning the first in a series of Union victories that sees thousands of slave families start to flee to Union lines.

Chapter 3: River of Death
President Lincoln's January 1863 Emancipation Proclamation dramatically changes the war's meaning, bringing together the cause of saving the union and the cause of ending slavery. While Robert E. Lee wins victory after victory for the Confederacy in Virginia, the federals are poised to capture what many consider the western theatre's greatest prize: the Mississippi River. But first they must take Vicksburg, the Gibraltar of the West.

Disc 2
Chapter 4: Death Knell of the Confederacy
After Vicksburg, Union forces push on to Chattanooga, an important rail center and gateway to the Deep South. But casualties at the Battle of Chickamauga provoke antiwar riots in New York City and growing anger that so many Northern boys are dying to free African Americans. As Grant travels east to take on Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman assumes command in the West and begins his advance on Atlanta.

Chapter 5: With Malice toward None
With Lincoln facing an election and his Democrat opponents promising a negotiated end to the war, Sherman determines to break the back of the Confederacy by taking the war not just to the troops defending Atlanta, but right to the doorsteps of the Southern people. In his march across Georgia and sweep through the Carolinas, Sherman brings the western war to the east, just ahead of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.
  • Additional archival footage
  • 12-page viewer's guide with a map, a timeline, profiles of Westerners who played major roles in the conflict, and articles of African Americans fighting for their freedom and Texas in the Civil War
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 276 minutes
Format: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains disturbing images.

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civil war the untold story
By gloria from WI on 9/30/2014

I saw the show on PBS and thought my brother would like the DVD. It will be his Christmas gift.