The Battle That Changed America
The Battle That Changed America re-creates the epic battle that changed the course of the Civil War. The program considers the military strategies of General Robert E. Lee and General George Gordon Meade and highlights strategic events in the battle with computer-generated maps. Historians and archivists from the Gettysburg National Military Park share insights on Abraham Lincoln's opinion of the battle and how it turned the tide of history in favour of the Union.
There is a lot of controversy around Pickett's Charge, a catastrophic attack by the infantry during the Battle of Gettysburg, where the life of many soldiers was lost. The North mythologised Pickett's Charge as the last gasp of a desperate Confederate Army. The South mythologised the battle as a gallant last stand. Take a look at this turning point in American history in a new light.
Christmas in the Civil War
Many Americans take for granted that Christmas is a federal holiday, but how did this religious event become a national one? The answer takes us back to the time of the Civil War. In fact, the modern-day notion of Christmas has its roots in a time when America was at war with itself.
The Speech that Saved America
This is the story of the most famous speech in American history - Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is the untold story of the speech that would forever exorcise slavery from the United States of America and ensured that there would even continue to be a United States of America.
Patton and Grant
This episode reveals the startling truth of two legendary generals, George Patton and Ulysses S. Grant. We remember Grant as a drunk and a butcher - but most of the drinking stories were fabricated by his rivals and his battlefield casualties were outnumbered by those of Robert E. Lee.
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.