This episode begins with a searing indictment of slavery and a dramatic depiction of the causes of the war. It asks the burning questions of Union and States' rights, freedom and slavery and features key events such as John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry and the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. It culminates with the stunning Union defeat at Manassas.
A VERY BLOODY AFFAIR
1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode two follows Union General George McClellan's ill-fated campaign and covers a battle of ironclad ships, Grant's exploits at the Battle of Shiloh and the rumours of Europe's readiness to recognise the Confederacy.
Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. In September 1862 General Lee invades the northern state of Maryland and at Antietam creek the bloodiest day of the war takes place, followed by the brightest -the emancipation of the slaves.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.33 : 1
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