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Garfield and Military Service: Committed to the Cause

Clip: Season 28 Episode 4 | 2m 58s

James Garfield joined the Union Army in 1861, shortly after the start of hostilities. When he came face to face with slavery during his time fighting in the south, Garfield's belief in the cause of abolition and freedom was strengthened. "This is my hope," he wrote, "that when we shall return to civil life, there shall go up an unrelenting cry for freedom."

Aired: 02/02/16

Rating: NR

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