Exploring Abraham Lincoln

Exploring Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln and Civil War Movies

The Civil War

973.7 CIVIL

From acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, this epic documentary brings life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.

Lincoln and Lee At Antietam: The Cost of Freedom

973.7336 LINCOLN

It's September 17, 1862 and President Abraham Lincoln needs a victory in order to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and end slavery in the south. But Robert E. Lee has other plans - invade the North. When Lee's strategy falls into the hands of the Union army, the result is the bloodiest day in American history at the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

West Virginia As A Child of the Civil War

975.4 WEST

Relates the story of the creation of the Mountaineer State in the midst of America's bloodiest war. Available on VHS only.

Roots of Resistance: The Story of the Underground Railroad

973.7115 ROOTS

At the time of the Civil War, one of every eight people living in the United States was considered the legal property of someone else. Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery that became known as the Underground Railroad.

Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War


Each episode features dramatic reenactments of important campaigns; first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses and participants read by distinguished actors; period photographs, paintings and artifacts; intriguing expert challenges to traditional historical thinking; original contemporary illustrations; computer enhanced maps; and music of the time.

The Last Days of the Civil War

973.7 LAST

The History Channel explores these four bitter years of American history in five original programs.

Images of the Civil War

973.73 IMAGES

Offers a unique view of the American Civil War that was not captured by the battlefield photographers and artists of the day. Stirring re-enactments show the chaos, brutality and courage of famous events like Pickett's charge and the Irish Brigade's stand at Fredericksburg.

Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War

973.7082 FULL

The History Channel explores the stories behind the many hundreds of women who disguised themselves as men and secretly enlisted to fight in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

North and South: The Complete Collection

This saga follows two families - the Hazards, from the North, and the Mains, from the South - through their changing fortunes at home and the harsh realities of the battlefields.

Gone With the Wind

An epic story of the South's fight to maintain its way of life during the Civil War, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell. With Vivien Leigh as the spoiled, strong-willed Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler. A classic!

The Red Badge of Courage

Retells Stephen Crane’s story of a young man's grappling with fear and courage during the Civil War.


A Virginia farmer (James Stewart) during the Civil War refuses to support either the Confederacy or the Union until his son is taken prisoner and, seeing the horrors of war first-hand, he is forced at last to take his stand.

Gods and Generals

Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. This is the prequel to Gettysburg.

Friendly Persuasion

A heart-warming story about the day-to-day experiences of a Quaker family living in Indiana in 1862, showing their religious beliefs, their worldly temptations, their petty feuds, and their reactions in a time of crisis.

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