It was the bloody war that changed America. Between 1861 and 1865, brother fought brother as a bitter dispute over Union and State’s Rights exploded into violent conflict. By the time it was over, 620,000 soldiers had lost their lives.
Employing archive photographs, paintings and newspaper images, award-winning documentary maker Ken Burns brings this terrible period in American history to life. Actors read contemporary quotes from historical figures, breathing new life into the words of Stonewall Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and the ordinary soldiers and their loved ones caught up in the fighting. First shown in 1990, and with over 40 major awards to its name, The Civil War (Monday 13th, 7.45pm) remains as compelling and as relevant today as it ever was.