Greatest Battles of the Civil War
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Discover the stories behind The Greatest Battles Of The Civil War, from the commanders remarkable strategies to the staggering human costs of those who fought and died for their ideals. Their legacies come alive in these eight documentaries from the award-winning producers of The Civil War Journals, featuring rare photographs, stunning reenactments and revealing interviews with leading Civil War historians.
Contains 8 complete episodes.
Top Customer Reviews
I do have one small critical comment: in the Antietam episode, one of the guides, in describing the Confederate army's withdrawal, asserts that the soldiers asked their marching band to stop playing "Maryland, My Maryland" and instead to play "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." But that second song actually was not written until years after the war had ended.
It does seem as if Civil War historiography is especially prone to old yarns of this kind; I've found them in numerous places, including the works of Pulitzer-Prize-winning historians. When it comes to the Civil War, old yarns are like the measles--epidemics that are hard to avoid. But this whole series of programs provides a superlative understanding of the big picture, and that's to be treasured. So, despite the flub, maximum rating.
I can't find much to criticize about any of the episodes. The major battles are all here, and presented in just enough detail to satisfy a viewer who has a bit more interest in them than the average viewer, but not too much more interest. In a way, they chart the progress of the Civil War. I wish the series were longer and covered some battles, like Second Mannassas, that I've never really been able to get my head around. But that's only saying that this series is so good that I wish it had been longer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent coverage of the battles and a very complete and comprehensive look at the war.Published 9 months ago by Ronald E. Jameson
Bought for a friend. They said it was very good & informational.Published 12 months ago by Leslie A. Lucas
Very good historical accounts of the battles presented. Extremely well done and very interesting.Published 13 months ago by Laurie Branham