A close look at the people, places and turning points of the American Civil War.
The Union Army launches a massive assault on the Confederates at Chancellorsville—but what seemed like a certain victory turns to defeat due to a surprise attack led by Confederate general Stonewall Jackson.
On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, one army—the Confederacy—believed it was invincible, on the verge of winning, and ending, the war. But on the other side, the war-weary Union soldiers felt a change in the great tide of purpose.
From the horror of the Valley of Death to the fight for Little Round Top—this was a desperate day in the Battle of Gettysburg, and it became one of the most hallowed.
It was the most infamous day of the Civil War and the most dramatic attack in American military history. On a mile of open ground, 15,000 men fought into the jaws of hell. This is the story of Pickett's Charge on Gettysburg day three.
Meet the heroes that emerged from the bloodshed of Gettysburg. We'll take a detailed look at most of the fateful battles using high-quality special effects and dedicated Civil War re-enactors.
After years of brutal fighting, in Appomattox Court House, Virginia in April of 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. See how America's bloodiest chapter played out in the Appomattox campaign.
In July of 1863, a proud but much-maligned group of men gathered in a small Pennsylvania town to fight an epic battle that would define the future of American history—Gettysburg. These were the officers of the United States Army of the Potomac.
Meet the generals and key members of the Confederacy who brought the war between the states to the Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg in the America Civil War’s most famous battle.
At the end of the Civil War, the port of Vicksburg on the Mississippi is the last major Confederate stronghold. General Grant begins the Vicksburg Campaign to drive the Confederacy out of Mississippi.
Arguably America's greatest general since George Washington, General Robert E. Lee gambled his army and the future of the Confederacy in one epic battle during three bloodiest days in American history.
America's Irish, who emigrated to escape famine, add their own chapter to the Civil War's bloodiest battle by fighting on behalf of their adoptive country.
They lost the Civil War but their names are still known. A roundtable of distinguished Civil War historians gather in the Confederate White House to discuss Lee's Commanders.
After victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, President Lincoln sets his sights on capturing Chattanooga, a vital southern rail hub with an advance to Atlanta.
General John Buford is one of America's least known heroes. He was battle-tested on the Western frontier, and chose the ground the Union Army would defend at Gettysburg. But just six months after Gettysburg, he died from typhoid fever.
Frightened boys became veteran soldiers and the nation learned the horror of a modern war during a shockingly bloody battle that ended all dreams that the Civil War would be over quickly.
Confederate forces under General Albert Johnston caught Union forces by surprise near Shiloh Church. But of the 100,000 men who came to fight this high-stakes battle, over 23,000 would become its casualties.
In September of 1862, Robert E. Lee's tattered army invaded the North. The result was the Battle of Antietam, which would forever change the nature of the war and start the Union on a path to victory.
The Siege of Petersburg matched Lee's Army of Northern Virginia against Grant's Army of the Potomac. Over the course of nine and a half months, starting in the summer of 1864, the siege grew to become the central focal point of the entire Civil War.
A college professor from Maine, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain rose through the ranks of the Union Army to become one of the most celebrated figures in the annals of the Civil War.
"Tillie Pierce was fifteen when the Civil War burst into her hometown. This young heroine nursed the wounded and the dying amidst the worst horrors of war. Her legacy is a rare civilian account of the conflict. "
This is the story of two photographers, Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, whose vision and determination captured the triumph, the tragedy and the drama of this country's most trying hour.
Alongside the legions of southern patriots and their Union opponents was a unique band of men committed to documenting the conflict in Dixie. This is the story of the unsung cameramen of the Confederacy.
The American Civil War was the first to be widely photographed. Most photographers focused on portraits; few ventured outside their studios, fewer still followed an army to the battlefield. This is the story of those who did.
Discover how a brutal twist of fate and her own generosity of spirit cost an ordinary small-town girl her life in the crossfire of one of America's most cataclysmic events.