Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.Visit The Civil War Website
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At Cold Harbor, Virginia, 7,000 Americans fell in 20 minutes.
Long after Lincoln was nominated, politicians in his own party still hoped to reconvene.
The 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery.
Accounts from Grant, Lee, Sherman, and others are presented.
A week before the battle of Bull Run, Sullivan Ballou wrote a letter to his wife.
1938 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Conditions were dire for slaves on the plantation. Only 4 out of 100 lived to be 60.
The Civil War began at 4:30 am on April 12, 1861 at Ft. Sumter, Charleston, SC.
Educator Eden McCauslin explains how she uses The Civil War series with her students.
Ken Burns talks about the emotional moments during reunions among soldiers.
Ken Burns shares his thoughts on the state of our country since the Civil War.
Ever wonder what it takes to produce a Ken Burns film?
Ken Burns shares how he gets A-list actors to narrate his films.
THE CIVIL WAR, the award-winning film by Ken Burns, airs from September 7-11, at 9:00pm.
Ken Burns discusses the soundtrack of The Civil War.
Ken Burns discusses interviewing Shelby Foote during The Civil War.
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