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.
By mid-century, the country was deeply divided.
General George McClellan takes command of the Union army.
April 7, 1865, Grant writes to Lee. April 9, 1865. Lee sends word that he will surrender.
Lincoln authorizes the first African-American troops.
Educator Eden McCauslin explains how she uses The Civil War series with her students.
Preview The Civil War, which was restored and remastered in high-definition in 2015.
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.
Ken Burns discusses the soundtrack of The Civil War.
Ken Burns discusses interviewing Shelby Foote during The Civil War.