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Army Digest: No. 8.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "'The Mathew Brady Story' brings to the television screen the work of the famed photographer who, during the Civil War, earned the title of "The First Combat Photographer." In this documentary, Brady's crisp visual account of the Civil War and its men is brought to life as music, sound, and movement team up with Brady's photographic skill to give THE BIG PICTURE audience an authentic sense of what it was like to live and fight through the years when our nation's unity hung in the balance. In the "Clara Barton Story," the personal chronicle of the woman who was instrumental in founding the Red Cross - the accounting, in her own words, of her part in a single day of the Battle of Antietam - is documented through scenes [...]
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1960
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Man, Moment, Machine: Lincoln & the Flying Spying Machine

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"The Civil War isn't typically associated with high-tech equipment, but in 1862 the Union Army introduced an amazing surveillance device that foretold the future of fancy spy gear. This History Channel episode analyzes the device--a hydrogen balloon attached to a telegraph--and chronicles President Lincoln's involvement with its invention and deployment."--History Channel.
Online
2006
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Gettysburg Historians' Roundtable

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Online
2006
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Battle of Gettysburg

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Online
2004
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Weapons of the Civil War

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Online
2008
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Civil War Journal

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Through diaries, photograhs, and factual reenactments, these four episodes focus on the earlier years of the Civil War, including John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry; the first military engagement of the war at Fort Sumter; the first major battle at Bull Ron, and the mix of escaped slaves and educated African American men who made up the 65th Massachussetts regiment.
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2001; 1993
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Destiny at Fort Sumter

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Describes the attack on Fort Sumter that began the Civil War.
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1995; 1993
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The Battle of Chattanooga

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1994
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The Civil War [electronic resource]

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An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.
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2002; 1989
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The Yankees

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Looks at military life in the Union Army during the Civil War. Discusses topics such as training, uniforms, accomodations, food, recreation, rifles, what being in a battle was like, Black soldiers, medical treatment, punishments, and fraternizing with the enemy. Humorous presentation.
Online
1998
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Foot Soldier: The Rebels

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"Though they were out-manned and out-supplied, they fought with a passion borne out of intense loyalty to their cause and commander, the legendary Robert E. Lee. Join "Johnny Reb" as he marches across the South, from the epic battles to the long bouts of boredom between battles. Hear fascinating excerpts from soldiers' letters and diaries. Expert analysis and extensive re-enactments offer a revealing look at life in the Confederate Army and offer insight into the heart of this heroic group of foot soldiers"--Original container.
Online
1998
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Civil War in the West

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Online
2005
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Civil War Combat: The Hornet's Nest at Shiloh

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Looks in detail at the fiercest fighting at the battle of Shiloh, called the Hornet's nest. What had begun as a surpise attack by the southern forces who routed the northern troops, was turned around when a small contingent commanded by William Wallace, had his troops hold a wagon road. When that position fell, the southern general didn't pursue the advantage and was surprised by Grant and fresh troops from Ohio the next day.
Online
2000
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The Tragedy at Cold Harbor

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Looks at the positioning on both sides that tempted Grant to contemplate taking Richmond if he could just break Lee's line in entrenched positions. Inaugerated the era of trench warfare for foot soldiers.
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2000
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Chamberlain at Gettysburg

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Online
2005
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The Battle of Chancellorsville

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Online
2005
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Battle of Chickamauga

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Online
2006
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Lee's Commanders

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Online
2005
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The Irish at Gettysburg

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Online
2005
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The Appomattox Campaign

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Online
2006