of the techniques filmmaker Ken Burns used so effectively
in The Civil War was to use the actual historical
record – photographs, diaries, speeches -- to
"let the War tell its own story."
"All we had to do was listen to it," said
Burns, "and arrange it in a way that would bring
back a generation lost in the great pageantry of this
The document that illustrates the power of this technique
so dramatically is a letter
written from Camp Clark, Washington by Sullivan Ballou
of the Union Army to his wife Sarah.
In this area you’ll find the complete text of
that moving letter as well several other historical
documents used in the film. For a more comprehensive
list of documents, visit our Related