extraordinary final episode of THE CIVIL WAR begins
in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee’s surrender
and then goes on to narrate the horrendous events of
five days later when, on April 14, Lincoln is assassinated.
After chronicling Lincoln’s poignant funeral,
the series recounts the final days of the war, the capture
of John Wilkes Booth and the fates of the Civil War’s
The episode then considers the consequences and meaning
of a war that transformed the country from a collection
of states to the nation we are today.
Detailed Episode Description
with time code:
Barbara Fields and Shelby Foote discuss the meaning
of the war.
9.1 Chapter 1 - THE CIVIL WAR Series Title
:02:30 - :06:24
The war is over and the soldiers are going home.
9.2 Chapter 2 -
The Better Angels Of Our Nature :06:25
Word of Lee's surrender spreads across the country.
In the North there is joy and exaltation. In the South,
9.3 Chapter 3 - Assassination :11:19
On April 14, 1865, a ceremony at Fort Sumter marks the
end of the war. On that same day, John Wilkes Booth
learns that Lincoln will be attending a play at Ford's
Theater that evening. That night, he assassinates the
President at the theater. Lincoln is moved across the
street to a boarding house, where he dies the next morning.
All across the country people are horrified. Lincoln's
funeral train makes its way from Washington back to
9.4 Chapter 4 - Useless, Useless :25:48
Union cavalry capture and kill John Wilkes Booth in
a Virginia barn. In Georgia on May 10th, Union soldiers
arrest Jefferson Davis. On May 23, victorious Union
troops parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Grand
Army Review. Booth's conspirators are tried and executed.
9.5 Chapter 5 - Picklocks Of Biographers
:33:56 - :55:16
The war took a heavy toll on the country - three and
a half million men fought in it and 620,000 men died.
Now, the survivors are going home. We learn of the fates
of major characters - Elisha Hunt Rhodes (Union soldier);
Sam Watkins (Confederate soldier); William Tecumseh
Sherman; Joe Johnston; Mary Chesnut; Jefferson Davis;
Alexander Stephens; Mary Todd Lincoln; Clara Barton;
Henry Wirz (commandant of Andersonville Prison); Phil
Sheridan, George McClellan; Pierre G. T. Beauregard;
Nathan Bedford Forrest; Dan Sickles; John Bell Hood;
James Longstreet; George Pickett; Frederick Douglass;
Julia Ward Howe; Robert E. Lee; U. S. Grant. At the
50th reunion of the battle of Gettysburg, in 1913, the
veterans stage a reenactment of Pickett's Charge.
9.6 Chapter 6 - Was It Not Real? :55:17
Barbara J. Fields, James Symington and Stephen Oates
sum up the meaning and legacy of the Civil War. Shelby
Foote makes a closing statement on the war.
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