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The Civil War, the Emmy® Award-winning nine-part series from Ken Burns, is now fully restored to high definition, achieving the optimal picture quality originally intended. This six-disc collector's set also features over two hours of new bonus video. Hailed as a film masterpiece and landmark in historical storytelling, Ken Burns's epic documentary brings to life America's most destructive and defining conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. Bonus features:- Making The Civil War: 25 Years Later - Restoring The Civil War - Complete High Definition Shelby Foote Interviews - Additional Interviews.

Experience for yourself the historical and personal impact of the Civil War in a way that only HISTORY can present in this moving megasetTM, filled with over 25 hours of American Civil War content. A multifaceted look at The War Between the States, this definitive collection brings the most legendary Civil War battles, and the soldiers and leaders who fought them, vividly to life. From Gettysburg and Antietam to Shiloh, and led by the likes of Sherman, McClellan, Grant, Beauregard, Lee, Davis, and Jackson, delve into the full military and political contexts of these men, their armies, and the clashes between them. Almost 150 years after Lee s surrender at Appomattox Court House, the unexpected secrets and little-known stories from Civil War history are divulged with fascinating detail. Cutting-edge CGI and accurate dramatizations illustrate archival letters and original diary entries, and the country s most renowned historians describe the less familiar incidents that add perspective and depth to the war that divided a nation.

This is the largely untold story of a war waged by secret agents and spies on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. These are tales of hidden conspiracies of terror that specifically targeted the civilian populations. Engineers of chemical weapons, new-fangled explosives and biological warfare competed to topple their enemy. With insight from Civil War authorities, we debunk the long-held image of a romantic and gentlemanly war. To revisit the past, we incorporate written sources, archival photographs and newspaper headlines. Our reenactments bring to life key moments in our historical characters' lives and in each of the horrific terrorist plots.

Packed with nearly six hours of historical material, The Last Days of the Civil War provides a fascinating study of a nation in the painful throes of transition. The five History Channel programs compiled here effectively combine to form a multifaceted account of the pivotal events of 1864-65, when the bloodshed of civil war slowly brought forth a government (in the words of President Abraham Lincoln) "of the people by the people for the people," that would define the United States as it progressed toward the 20th century. The cornerstone of this two-disc set is "April 1865: The Month That Changed America," which thoroughly examines the most tumultuous month in U.S. history, encompassing Gen. Robert E. Lee's ill-fated campaigns including carnage at Sailor's Creek and eventual retreat from Richmond, Virginia, and Confederate surrender to Gen. U.S. Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. Add the brutal efficiency of Sherman's March, Booth's plot to assassinate Lincoln, and administrative mistakes that put Lee at a strategic disadvantage, and you begin to see (with input from authoritative scholars, authors, and historians) how Union victory was purely a matter of circumstance.

rom executive producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott comes a special about the battle that changed the course of the Civil War and the future of the Nation. "The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Abraham Lincoln's iconic Gettysburg Address frames this epic, feature-length HISTORY special, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. GETTYSBURG looks at this battle from a visceral new perspective, that of the everyday soldiers who fought there, in a confrontation that changed the fate of our nation. Stripping away the romanticized veneer of past treatments, this special conveys new information and honors the sacrifice of those, both North and South, who fought and died there. Raw, immersive and emotional, this groundbreaking event puts viewers inside the three-day battle where over 50,000 men paid the ultimate price. This combo pack includes the entire action-packed special in both immersive high-definition Blu-ray as well as DVD.

This soon-to-be classic documentary mini-series traces the causes, courses as well as the major events and personalities of the American Civil War.  Between 1861 and 1865, this epic American story of struggle and survival was written in blood, and in this series is told mostly from first-hand accounts and in the spoken words of the participants themselves, through their diaries, letters, and memoirs. The series concludes with Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and the surrender of the western Confederate Army to Sherman in North Carolina in the spring of 1865.  It then explores the legacy of slavery and the consequences and meaning of a war that transformed the country forever.  An All-New 7-part series filmed in high definition FIRST Civil War series of its kind produced entirely in vivid High-Definition The ONLY series produced for the current 150th anniversary of the war. 20,000 re-enactors re-create the war with extreme detail and historically accurate recreations. Re-enactments filmed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a republic of suffering and will chart the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War.

BLOOD AND GLORY: THE CIVIL WAR IN COLOR commemorates one of the most defining moments in American history, one which tore the nation apart, pitting North against South, brother vs. brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union. Using state-of-the-art technology to colorize 500 rare black-and- white photographs, and unprecedented access to government and private archives, the emotional stories of these brave men come vibrantly to life.

 

This collection provides a rich portrait of one of the most beloved U.S. Presidents and significant events that surrounded him. Utilizing interviews with leading Lincoln biographers, Lincoln explores the inner conflicts that plagued and inspired the man who called himself "the loneliest man in the world." In a ploy that was ultimately foiled by the Secret Service, Stealing Lincoln's Body documents the outrageous 1876 plot to steal Lincoln's body and hold it for ransom. The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth follows Booth, and his co-conspirator David Herold, as they elude more than 10,000 Federal troops for 12 days after assassinating Lincoln. Sherman's March re-creates the 285 mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia, on which Sherman said the effort needed to "make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war."
DISC 1 Lincoln / Bonus
DISC 2 Stealing Lincoln's Body
DISC 3 The Hunt For John Wilkes Booth
DISC 4 Sherman's March / Bonus