EVERY THURSDAY American History

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September 28, 2023

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The Unknown Civil War

Lee's Commanders

They lost the Civil War but won their place among the most admired military officers in American history. But who were the men behind their legends? A roundtable of distinguished Civil War historians gather in the Confederate White House to discuss Lee's Commanders.




The Unknown Civil War

Battle of Gettysburg

Join us for an in-depth look at America's Civil War and meet the "heroes" that emerged from the bloodshed. We'll take a detailed look at most of the fateful battles using high-quality special effects and dedicated Civil War reenactors.




The Unknown Civil War

Jennie Wade of Gettysburg

She was an ordinary small-town girl caught in the crossfire of one of America's most cataclysmic events. A brutal twist of fate and her own generosity of spirit cost this young girl her life, but assured Jennie Wade a place in history as the only civilian killed during the devastating Battle of Gettysburg.




The Unknown Civil War

Gettysburg 135th Anniversary: Historians' Roundtable

This series is a 26-part, in-depth look at the Civil War. Most of the episodes in this series feature some of the most famous battles of the war (Antietam, Shiloh, Chancellosville etc.), using high-quality special effects and dedicated Civil War re-enactors. But, the series also takes a comprehensive look at the Battle of Gettysburg, from a play-by-play of the events over the course of the three days to some of the "Heroes" that emerged from that fateful battle.




The Unknown Civil War

Chamberlain at Gettysburg

He was one of the most unlikely heroes of the Civil War...a college professor from Maine. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain rose through the ranks to become one of the most celebrated figures in the annals of the conflict. Discover the truth behind the legend.




The Unknown Civil War

Shiloh (Part One): Tennessee River Campaign

In the backwoods of Tennessee, frightened boys became veteran soldiers, and the nation learned the horror of a modern war. The Battle of Shiloh was fought on Sunday, April 6th and Monday, April 7th, 1862. Union forces were under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant, while Confederate forces were commanded by General Albert S. Johnston. It would prove a shockingly bloody battle, and with the battle died all dreams that the Civil War would be over quickly.




The Unknown Civil War

Shiloh (Part Two): The Battle of Pittsburg Landing

Confederate forces under General Albert Johnston caught Union forces by surprise near Shiloh Church. Everything was at stake for the Confederacy. 100,000 men came to fight, yet there would be 23,746 casualties. Frightened boys became veteran soldiers, and the nation learned the horror of a modern war. It was shockingly bloody, resulting in more casualties than all previous American wars combined.