The Ultimate Civil War Series

Season 1
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This documentary mini-series traces the causes, courses as well as the major events and personalities of the American Civil War
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Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Sins of the Fathers
    October 16, 2012
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Road to Civil War, battles over Slavery turn violent in Kansas and Harper's Ferry. The election of Lincoln, Secession, Fort Sumter and the First Battle of Manassas
  2. 2. A Deep, Steady Thunder
    October 16, 2012
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The first battles of the war go poorly for the North, the rise of General Lee and the 1862 invasion of Maryland
  3. 3. Days of Infamy
    October 16, 2012
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Battle of Antietam, Northern leaders fail at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville - Lee marches toward Gettysburg
  4. 4. The Turning Points
    October 16, 2012
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Brandy Station - the largest Cavalry battle followed by the epic struggle at Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg
  5. 5. Not War, But Murder
    October 16, 2012
    49min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Chickamauga and Chattanooga in the west. Grant takes command and begins to attack Lee in Virginia. The Wilderness to Cold Harbor and the Petersburg siege
  6. 6. The Killing Fields
    October 16, 2012
    55min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Battles for Petersburg - The Crater. The futile fights of Franklin and Nashville in Tennessee. The Battle of Five Forks shatters Lee's Army
  7. 7. New Birth of Freedom
    October 16, 2012
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    April 2, 1865 and the fall of Petersburg and Richmond. Lee surrenders to Grant and Sherman takes the surrender of the western Confederate Army. Lincoln's assassination and the second war over reconstruction and the citizenship of former slaves. The legacy of the war.

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Directors
Kevin Hershberger
Season year
2012
Network
Mill Creek Entertainment
Content advisory
Foul languagesmokingviolence
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GandolphReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars"Ultimate" my rear end!
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Obviously written by someone who detests the South, constantly showing slaves under the lash. Once made the point sufficiently. I hung in until a voice actor paused, before proceeding to mispronounce "evanescent" as "invanescent." Amateurish drivel.
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Scott WilliamsReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
1.0 out of 5 starsI hope this helps save some other poor person from wasting anytime on this historical garbage
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5 minutes into this program" and I had to turn it off. Right off the bat they twisted facts by declaring that the three fifths clause for slaves was a denigration of them being sub human. The fact was that the free north wanted to make sure the south didn't get to much power in the house of representatives by using the enumeration of slaves as part of their population thereby giving them more representatives. Remember the number each state gets is based on their total population. Doing so would have outnumbered the free black states northern representatives.

If a program can not even start off factually then the rest of it is suspect and not worth my time watching.... I hope this helps save some other poor person from wasting anytime on this historical garbage.
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Eric SReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2017
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't waste your money
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There are so many reason this documentary is awful. The narrated voice is so annoying , the "re-inactment" is such a joke ..some of the "actors" are warring shirts from this decade , like their not even trying to be area accurate . Yes I only paid $9 for this Blu Ray it was $9 too much, just buy the Ken Burns Civil War , you'll be happy you did.
58 people found this helpful
Tough CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsBetter than Ken Burns
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I have seen a lot of documentaries including many on this subject and this one really stands out both for its good organization and its careful attention to all aspects of the war including the causes of the same and the motivations of the people involved.

Until now my top Civil War series was the ubiquitous Ken burns production but I think this series it better if you actually want to understand the war rather than just look at old photos. This isn't the usual attempt to please everyone by glossing over the reality of war; this is an unsentimental look at an ugly period of American history that actual students of history will really appreciate.
14 people found this helpful
BryanReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsPoor quality
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Some of the audio in the 7th episode is messed up. On two parts the audio of a diary entry does not play. Then in another part, the diary entry of a woman is played in the wrong spot (its supposed to me the entry of a man). There is also bad background music playing throughout and the narrator is just really lacking in energy. This put my students to sleep.
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Mr. R. E. J. HysonReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsNot the best buy.
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Watching this is rather like trying to read an encyclopaedia. It covers too much ground in too little detail. Troop movements are shown (roughly one per battle) but only show one moment in time, rather than the sequence. Most of the action took place in the East (or that's the impression given by the film), though Vicksburg is at least mentioned. The narrator has a rather muffled and soporific voice. The re-enactments are very good, but after a time, all look the same, over the same fields. For my money, It's better to buy DVDs of specific battles to watch, and a book (or books with maps)
to tie the whole sequence together.
46 people found this helpful
Christina FeignerReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat
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I really like this movie. I have seen different movies about the Civil War and this is great. The letters and speeches that are read are from people that other videos don't typically cover.
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Remember Amer. BandstandReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsTrue action shown and it had to be the worst fighting in any war
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There was so much information I hadn't known and of course in Canada you won't find too many schools teaching about it. True action shown and it had to be the worst fighting in any war. Brilliant acting and the documentary did not move too fast as some do. I could actually follow what they were saying. Highly recommend this even for a home movie for students.
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