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 the Confederacy.
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