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 begins with
the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln’s
administration and then follows Union General George
McClellan’s ill-fated campaign on the Virginia
Peninsula, where his huge army meets a smaller but infinitely
more resourceful Confederate force. During this episode
we witness the battle of ironclad ships, partake of
camp life, and watch slavery begin to crumble. We meet
Ulysses S. Grant, whose exploits come to a bloody climax
at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. The episode ends
with rumors of Europe’s readiness to recognize
Detailed Episode Description with time code:
Julia Ward Howe writes "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
at the Willard Hotel in Washington.
2.1 Chapter I - THE CIVIL WAR Series Title
:01:15 - :04:45
"The war will be a struggle over the future of
freedom in America."
2.2 Chapter 2 - 1862 A Very Bloody Affair
:04:46 - :08:51
The Union army is stuck in Washington. Northern soldier
Elisha Hunt Rhodes is granted home leave to see his
2.3 Chapter 3 - Politics :08:52
Lincoln contends with political infighting in his cabinet,
General McClellan's inaction, and the tragic death of
his favorite son, Willie.
2.4 Chapter 4 - Ironclads :14:05
The Confederacy builds the Merrimack, a new iron-plated
ship, and the Union then constructs its own "ironclad,"
the Monitor. Off the coast of Virginia, the Merrimack
attacks the Union navy, but the Monitor arrives just
in time. All other navies on earth, after the epic battle
of ironclads, are obsolete.
2.5 Chapter 5 - Lincolnites :19:06
In Tennessee, U.S. Grant wins a victory at Fort Donelson,
and Clarksville is occupied by the Union army.
2.6 Chapter 6 - The Peninsula :22:39
McClellan cautiously moves the Union army towards Richmond
and meets a much smaller band of Southern troops at
Yorktown where he digs in and wires for reinforcements.
2.7 Chapter 7 - Our Boy :27:35
Description of the average soldier: Life in camp, North
2.8 Chapter 8 - Shiloh :31:55 -
In Tennessee, U.S. Grant fights off a surprise attack
by Confederates under General Albert Sidney Johnston
at the Battle of Shiloh. Johnston is killed and Grant
suffers huge losses-but eventually wins the battle when
Union reinforcements arrive. More men die at Shiloh
than in all previous American wars combined.
2.9 Chapter 9 - The Arts of Death
The relationship of military technology to the course
of the war. U.S. Grant is relieved of command because
of the losses at Shiloh. Frederick Douglass pressures
Lincoln to free the slaves. The Union navy wins a major
naval campaign when Admiral David Farragut takes New
2.10 Chapter 10 - Republics :54:07
On the Southern home front the Confederacy institutes
the first national draft, exempting men who own more
than twenty slaves. Only half of the eligible men show
2.11 Chapter 11 - On To Richmond
:57:29 - 1:03:36
After a month outside Yorktown, McClellan finally attacks.
But the Rebels had already moved on. McClellan cautiously
moves to ward Richmond but refuses to attack the city.
The Union's grand strategy is completely stalled.
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