The Civil War

1990 TV-14 11h 20m 9

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

This highly acclaimed mini-series traces the course of the U.S. Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all the major battles to the death of President Lincoln and the beginnings of Reconstruction. The story is mostly told in the words of the participants themselves, through their diaries and letters. Visuals are usually still photographs and illustrations of the time, and the soundtrack is likewise made up of war-era tunes played on period instruments. Several modern-day historians offer periodic comment and insight on the war's causes and events.

The Civil War background


Episode 1 The Cause (1861)

1. The Cause (1861)

Aired: Sep 23, 1990

Slavery began to flourish in the U.S. at the end of the 18th century with Eli...

Episode 3 Forever Free (1862)

3. Forever Free (1862)

Aired: Sep 24, 1990

While Gen. McClellan sat outside Richmond, three Union armies were being kept...

Episode 4 Simply Murder (1863)

4. Simply Murder (1863)

Aired: Sep 25, 1990

By early 1863, Union soldiers with the Army of the Potomac had not been paid ...

Info about The Civil War

Network: PBS

Genres: War, Documentary, History