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Great Battles of the Civil War 3 pk.

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Great Battles of the Civil War 3 pk.
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Run Time: 8 hours
UPC: 033937044069
ISBN: 9781594649189

Many generations of young men were no longer living in the second half of the 19th century because of the Civil War. Many of those that survived traveled West to start a new life rather than return home to a war-torn South, or an unrecognizable North. These 14 hard-fought battles accounted for the majority of lives lost valiantly on both the Union and Confederate side of the war. There were many battles in the Civil War, but these specific battles captured the essence of the war that shook the very foundation of America, and had much to do with the formation of the young United States nation to come.

DVD 1:

Ist Manassas (Bull Run), July 21, 1861 - Each side was composed of about 18,000 poorly-trained troops in the first battle of the Civil War, a battle that saw the Confederacy emerge victorious. Bull Run was followed by a disorganized retreat of Union soldiers, along with thousands of civilians who picnicked on surrounding hillsides to watch the battle take place.

Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862 - This two-day battle that took place in southwestern Tennessee was launched with a surprise attack by Confederate Generals Albert Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard. However, General Ulysses S. Grant arrived on the evening of April 6, and he helped turn the tide for the Union Army the next morning.

Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862, Culpeper County, Virginia - Union forces attacked Confederates led by General Stonewall Jackson who broke the Union lines resulting in a Confederate victory. The battle was the first of the Northern Virginia Campaign.

2nd Manassas (Bull Run), August 28-30, 1862 - General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia clashed with Union General John Pope's Army. The Union troops were crushed and driven back to Bull Run River, and only a rear-guard action prevented a repeat of 1st Manassas.

Antietam (Sharpsburg, Maryland), September 17, 1862 - The battle of Antietam saw more young Americans perish, wounded, or go missing than any other battle in American history. Union General George B. McClellan attacked General Lee's army near Antietam Creek. McClellan failed to pursue his advantage, and Lee was able to withdraw. Tactically speaking, the battle was inconclusive.

DVD 2:

Vicksburg, May 18-July 4, 1863 - Union soldiers led by General Grant crossed the Mississippi River and drove the Confederates into the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grant besieged the city, and after 40 days, the Confederate garrison surrendered on July 4.

Chancellorsville, Virginia, April 30-May 6, 1863  -  General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac attacked a smaller Confederate force that was led by General Robert E. Lee. Lee's audacity and Hooker's indecision resulted in a Confederate-victory, but the Confederates lost General "Stonewall" Jackson to friendly-fire.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war (46,000 killed, wounded, or missing). General Lee led his army to begin his second invasion of the North, and the Confederates were able to take the first day of the battle, but on the second day, General Lee launched a heavy assault on the Union forces, and, despite significant losses, the Union defenders held their lines. On the third and final day, Confederates launched the famous Pickett's Charge composed of 13,000 troops which drove forth against the very center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge. The charge was repulsed at a great loss to the Confederates, and this day wound up marking the last significant assault by the Confederate Army, and the beginning of the end for the South.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, October/November, 1863 - The Battle of Chattanooga was actually a series of maneuvers and battles that took place over the course of 2 months that saw Union troops route the Army of Tennessee, which served to eliminate the last Confederate control of Tennessee, and opened the door to an invasion of the Deep South leading to General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign of 1864.

Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 8-21, 1864 - General Grant, along with 100,000 Union soldiers, took on 52,000 Confederate soldiers. The battle became known as the "Bloody Angle," due to the involvement of intense hand-to-hand combat that took place over the course of a 24-hour period. Overall, the battle was inconclusive in terms of a clear victor.

DVD 3:

Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864 - Union forces, led by General William T. Sherman, overwhelmed and defeated Confederate forces that were defending the city. The city eventually fell on September 2, 1864, and after taking Atlanta, General Sherman's troops headed toward the state capitol, and onto Savannah in their march to the sea.

Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, November 30, 1864 - This battle in particular proved to be one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederacy. Sometimes called the "Pickett's Charge of the West," 6 Confederate divisions numbering 20,000 men resulted in devastating losses for the Army of Tennessee, which was effectively destroyed for the remainder of the war.

Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, March 19-21, 1865 - This was one of the final battles of the war, and commenced when General Sherman's army was attacked by Confederate General Joseph Johnston and his troops. However, due to the overwhelming strength of the Union forces (60,000 Union against 22,000 Confederates), Johnston withdrew from the battle, suffering 2,600 killed, wounded, captured, and missing.

Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, April 9, 1865 - This was the final engagement of General Robert E. Lee's army before it surrendered to the Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant. With 100,000 men, General Grant pursued General Lee, whose 28,000 men were hoping to join the Confederate forces of North Carolina. However, General Grant's forces cut them off at the village of Appomattox where General Lee had no choice but to surrender at the village courthouse.
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