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CIVIL WAR JOURNAL: Episode Guide  (* - I have on dvd)


The Gray Ghost: John Singleton Mosby    *
Dangerous, discreet, and enterprising, Confederate scout and guerrilla raider John Singleton Mosby kept the Yankees "alert". In December 1862, Mosby was authorized to create an independent cavalry battalion that came to be called Mosby's Partisan Raiders. We see how Mosby's guerrilla operations, led behind enemy lines, embarrassed generals and wreaked havoc through the end of the war.


First Ladies of the North and South   *
Caught in the middle of a political maelstrom, one woman was adored; the other was loathed. The remarkable stories of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Davis reveal the innermost workings of the Union and Confederacy.


Women at War   *
How women from both the North and South were inspired to join the war effort. Includes the stories of such heroines as nurse Clara Barton, spy Rosa Greenhow, and the thousands who took on surprising new roles in factories and on the front lines


Destiny at Ft. Sumter *
Story of the first fateful battle of the Civil War: the South's 34-hour bombardment of Ft. Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, in April 1861


John Brown's War   *
In-depth account of the famed abolitionist's 1859 attack on the U.S. arsenal at Harper’s Ferry that ended the nation's last hopes of unity


Mr. Lincoln's Butcher: General Ulysses S. Grant   *
Lincoln's long search for the right commander of the Union Army leads to many mistakes before ending with General Ulysses S. Grant, who gets the right matter what the human toll


Picture Perfect: The Pomp and Vision of Mathew Brady   *
He was a man with a camera and a vision, a pioneer of photography who produced a visual record of the Civil War that is now a national treasure. The story of the Mathew Brady, the first photojournalist.


Days of Darkness: The Gettysburg Civilians  *
Thrust into the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the peaceful denizens of little Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, are forever changed by the three fateful days in July 1863


The Battle of Chattanooga  *
The saga of the sweeping battle that helped establish Ulysses S. Grant as a major leader. Follows the fight from Lookout Mountain to Orchard Knob to Missionary Ridge, and demonstrates how Confederate General Braxton Bragg blundered his way to defeat


Banners of Glory  *
An account of how the Union and Confederate flags were not only symbols of pride and nationhood, but also served other important functions during the Civil War


Dan Sickles: The General Who Got Away with Murder  *
Profile of the Union general who, before the war, became the first defendant in a murder trial to be acquitted on a plea of temporary insanity. Sickles killed a man he accused of having an affair with his wife.


McClellan's Way  *
Traces the rise and fall of the sometimes victorious and always egotistical leader. As Commander of the Army of the Potomac, he was slow to press the offensive against the South, and an exasperated Lincoln eventually fired him.


Pickett's Charge  *
Was it heroism or was it folly? The story of Confederate General George Edward Pickett's desperate charge against Union forces at Gettysburg.



Trains at War     *
Trains...both sides needed them, but it was the Union who had the know-how and equipment to make use of this invaluable tool.



West Point Classmates: Civil War Enemies   *
The saga of U.S. Military Academy classmates who fought on opposite sides in the Civil War: Union generals Grant, Sherman, and McClellan, and Confederate leaders Lee, Beauregard, and Davis.


Sherman and the March to the Sea   *
From the glow of burning Atlanta to the capture of Savannah, this documentary chronicles the scorched-earth policy of one of the Union's most effective--and feared--generals.


Stonewall Jackson   *
Portrait of the brilliant General Thomas Jackson, who led Confederate troops in the bloody battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Bull Run, where he and his troops defended their position "like a stone wall."


Terrible Swift Sword: The Union Cavalry   *
Traces the history of the federal cavalry from its disastrous performance at the beginning of the war to its coming of age at Brandy Station. Profiles such dynamic leaders as Generals Buford and Sheridan


Iron Jaws: The Killing Power of Civil War Artillery   *
Story of the war's powerful weapons and their deadly toll. Rifled cannons made their first appearance in the Civil War, while ranks of charging infantry were chewed to pieces by the artillery's iron jaws


The 54th Massachusetts   *
You've seen the movie, now discover the full truth about the U.S. Army's first black regiment. Covers the periods before and after the famous battle at Fort Wagner during the Civil War.


The Monitor vs. The CSS Virginia   *
In March 1862, the North's Monitor and the South's CSS Virginia clashed in an inclusive battle. But the ironclads changed naval warfare forever, their armor plating dooming wooden warships to the scrap heap


Robert E. Lee  *
The legend, myth, and reality behind the Confederate leader renowned as much for his exalted character and leadership qualities as his tactical brilliance on the battlefield.


The Battle of 1st Bull Run  *
After this decisive battle, the first of the Civil War, fought along the Bull Run Creek near Manassas in northern Virginia, the nation was enlightened to the horrors of war. The bloody battle, in which General T.J. Jackson earned the controversial nickname "Stonewall", convinced the Union of the war's seriousness and perhaps made the Confederacy overconfident.


Lincoln and Gettysburg   *
Chronicles the events leading up to President Lincoln's delivery of his inspiring Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. The short but historic speech came after the devastating Battle of Gettysburg, which produced over 50,000 casualties in three days of ferocious fighting.


Shadows of Lightning: Jeb Stuart & the Cavalry   *
Fascinating story of the amazing horsemen who fought in the Confederate cavalry. Focuses on the colorful General Jeb Stuart, whose leadership made the cavalry virtually unstoppable.


The Secret War: Civil War Spies   *
The little-known and often incredible stories of the men and women who became espionage agents for both North and South.


The "Traitor" President: Jefferson Davis *
Profile of the Confederate president who fought valiantly for his country during the Mexican War, then chose to rebel against it in 1861--a choice that marked his reputation forever.


The Battle of Fredericksburg  *

The story of the bloody battle that killed or wounded over 10,000 men and ended in devastating defeat for the North. A bumbling military bureaucracy undermined Union General Ambrose Burnside's strategy, leaving his troops exposed to decimation by Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces. 


Garden of the Dead: The Story of Arlington Cemetery  *

The story of how the Arlington, Virginia, home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee became a Union cemetery and later the official national military


Alexander Gardner: War Photographer  *

The story of the photographer whose pictures captured bloody battlefield scenes and who actually drew more notice in his time than the legendary Mathew Brady. 


Battlefield Medicine  *

The tale of the Civil War soldier's deadliest foe--disease. Typhoid and dysentery claimed more lives than battlefield wounds, and poor diet, unsanitary conditions, and emotional strain also took a deadly toll.


Battle of Franklin and Nashville  *

The story of the spectacular defeat of the Army of Tennessee in the fall of 1864. Union troops held off 18 charging brigades at Franklin, then destroyed the Confederate forces on December 16, as large numbers of civilian spectators watched.


General Joshua L. Chamberlain   *

A profile of the remarkable Bowdoin College professor who was wounded six times during the war, won the Medal of Honor for his heroic defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg, and accepted the formal surrender of Confederate troops at Appomattox.


The Battle and Siege of Vicksburg   *

Story of the horrific fight for this strategically vital Mississippi city. Under heavy bombardment, the streets flowed with blood as civilians fled to shelters and caves while Union General Ulysses Grant tried to starve the trapped defenders into surrender.  


Zouaves!  *

The saga of the most flamboyant troops of the Civil War, who modeled themselves after the fierce tribes of Algeria. The Zouaves could load their guns running, crawling, or somersaulting. Scores of Zouaves, with their brilliant tactics and dashing drills, fought for both sides.


War Crimes: The Death Camps  *

An examination of one of the most shameful sagas of the Civil War--the inhuman treatment of POWs by both the North and the South. Includes a look at facilities in the camps and the crimes committed against the prisoners. 


Caught In the Maelstrom: Civilians in the War  *

Chronicles the plight of the innocent women, children, and the elderly caught up in the war. Tragic and inspiring stories include the death of beautiful Jenny Wade, killed by sharpshooters at Gettysburg, and 73-year-old John Burns, who took up arms and joined the fray.


Civil War Journal: Frederick Douglass  *

The life of the great abolitionist who escaped slavery in 1838 and used his talents as a writer and orator to fight for emancipation. Douglass edited an abolitionist newspaper, recruited black regiments during the Civil War, and advised President Lincoln.


Nathan Bedford Forrest     *

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a self-made man. Rising out of poverty, the southerner used his own money to wage a campaign of destructive raids behind northern lines. Considered brilliant by both sides, Forrest assumed a shocking new role after the war.


Born Killers: The Iron Brigade   *

The men of the famous fighting company known as the Iron Brigade


Divided Houses: Families Split By War  *

The sad truth of the Civil War is that it divided not only the nation, but families as well. Relatives often served or supported different sides in the conflict, bringing the chasm that split the country into their own homes.




General James Longstreet: Lee’s Prodigal Son

The story of Confederate General James Longstreet, whose successful military career is largely overshadowed by his differences with General Robert E. Lee in the matter of Pickett's Charge


Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam

The story of the bloody battle at Antietam between the Union's Irish Brigade and the Confederacy's Alabama Regiment for a place that became known as "Bloody Lane."


Honor the Dead: Unsung Heroes at Gettysburg

The bloody battle at Gettysburg, where many heroes fought in anonymity, but not without courage and giving ultimate sacrifice.


The Boy Generals: Custer, Barlow, and Gordon

The need for leaders generated by the war catapulted some promising, but inexperienced military minds to positions of authority. This volume recounts the story of these youthful generals and their exploits


Yank vs Reb: The Foot Soldier’s Life

The lives of the ordinary soldier on both sides of the conflict and the tragic loss of so many young lives


Freedom’s Road: Slavery and the Opposition

The role that the slavery issue played in the war, with its vehement supporters and opponents squared off in the conflict


Canadians/ Immigrants and the American Civil War

The part played in the war by newcomers to America, as well as by those from the neighbor to the north in Canada, with insights on whose side they fought and why.




Greatest Battles

The most important battles of the conflict, including the bloody battles at Antietam, Appotomattox, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Chattanooga


Reporting the War

The efforts of war correspondents to get the story to the American people and the world. Examples of press coverage by writers, photographers, and illustrators are presented


Preserving the Past

Inspired no doubt by the unabated fascination with America's Civil War, Civil War Journal: Preserving the Past takes an in-depth look at this emotionally charged period of American History. Experts explore pivotal decisions and battles to help the viewer understand this struggle that often pitted family members against one another. Famous battlegrounds at Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox are toured, and re-enactments help paint a picture of how these battles looked. The program also covers the modern-day battle by historians and many others to preserve the historical Civil War sites against encroaching commercialization







The Hornet's Nest at Shiloh  *
In 1862, General Grant advanced into Tennessee, aiming to capture its vital waterways. On April 6, Confederate forces under General Albert Johnston caught Union forces by surprise near Shiloh Church. The battle culminated in an area along an abandoned wagon road later dubbed "The Hornet's Nest" due to the ferocity of the fighting.


The Bloody Lane at Antietam  *
In September 1862, Robert E. Lee invaded the North for the first time and met the Union army along the banks of Maryland's Antietam Creek, which became the sight of the bloodiest single day in U.S. military history. Visit the scene of the most concentrated fury of that day, on a narrow country road forever after called "Bloody Lane".


The Wheatfield at Gettysburg   *
When the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia engaged the Union Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg in July 1863, an area known as "the Wheatfield", initially of little value, suddenly became the focus of intense conflict. We bring to life the bloody battle, one of few during the Civil War when men literally fought hand-to-hand.


The Tragedy at Cold Harbor   *
In 1864, General Grant doggedly pursued Lee's forces. On June 3, the two sides met at Cold Harbor, a crossroads near Richmond, where Grant hurled his men against entrenched breastworks, losing 7,000 in 20 minutes. Fighting on, he won victory 10 months later. Hastening the South's end, Cold Harbor ushered in an era of trench warfare.


Little Round Top at Gettysburg   *
On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the fighting climaxed on a rocky hillside known as Little Round Top. Heroes and legends were born out of the bloody battle, among them Strong Vincent, Patrick O'Roarke, Gouverneur K. Warren, and perhaps the most unlikely hero of all, a college professor from Maine named Joshua Chamberlain.




The Battle of Chancellorsville  (need)
In May 1863, in the wilderness of Virginia, the Union Army under newly appointed General Joseph Hooker launched a massive assault on the Confederates. What seemed a certain Union victory turned to defeat due to a surprise attack led by General Stonewall Jackson. But Chancellorsville would also mark the death of the legendary Southern general


The Battle of Fredericksburg (need)
On December 13, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside mounted a massive, yet futile frontal assault on Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Wave after wave of Union troops hurled themselves at the Confederates, only to be mowed down in their tracks. In the end, the Federals suffered more than 13,000 casualties, making the Battle of Fredericksburg one of the worst defeats for the Union Army.


The Battle of First Manassas (need)
On July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War was fought. 35,000 Northerners marched to Manassas, Virginia to challenge more than 20,000 Southerners. We'll see how both sides were driven by new-founded pride and politics. By the next day, 5,000 men would be dead and General Stonewall Jackson would earn his legendary nickname