3-DVD boxed set.
Acclaimed documentary series featuring archival photographs, period paintings, lithographs and contemporary newspaper features, as well as battlefield tours, newsreel footage of veterans and music from the period.
Graphic first-hand accounts of the war are brought to life with readings by Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons and many more.
Disc 1: it was the South's practice of slavery that sparked off war with the North - a conflict that both sides welcomed initially, although it soon became clear that there was little glory to be had on the field of battle. Included here are the Manassas campaign, the Virginia campaign and Confederate General Robert E. Lee's invasion of Maryland.
Disc 2: the middle years of the conflict saw bloody battles fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, while 150,000 died at the battle of Gettysburg. This was to prove the turning point, although the war in fact dragged on for another two years.
Disc 3: the conflict which cost more than 620,000 lives finally ended with William T. Sherman's 'March to the Sea' - the Unionist push into the South - followed by General Lee's surrender. However, just five days after the Union's victory their leader, President Lincoln, was shot dead.