Civil War: The Untold Story
In this revealing documentary, Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) recounts how the struggle between North and South - long defined by battles like Gettysburg, Antietam, and Bull Run - was quite dependent on events in the lands then known as the West.
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.
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.