Academic journal article Military Review

The Civil War

Academic journal article Military Review

The Civil War

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THE CIVIL WAR, A&E Television, The History Channel, 2007, 10 hours, $49.95, DVD.

Its liner notes announce that The Civil War, the History Channel's new handsomely boxed set of six DVDs, is "the definitive collection of programming on the War Between the States," one that "explores every aspect of this great conflict." These ambitious claims fall short, however, because The Civil War lacks a thematic organization or premise beyond Civil War hagiography.

This set is a compilation of twelve episodes culled from Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins; Civil War Journal: The Commanders; and Civil War Combat, arranged according to production rather than chronology or any unifying or organizing theme. It begins with "The Hornets' Nest at Shiloh," continues with "The Bloody Lane at Antietam," "The Wheatfield at Gettysburg," "The Tragedy at Cold Harbor," "John Brown's War," "Destiny at Fort Sumter," "The Battle of First Bull Run," "The 54th Massachusetts," "West Point Classmates-Civil War Enemies, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson," and concludes with "Sherman and the March to the Sea." Excepting the "March to the Sea," the West and Trans-Mississippi West are ignored or forgotten, as is the war at sea. …

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