The Civil War

Season 1 Episode 2

A Very Bloody Affair (1862)

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1990 on PBS
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The war initially goes badly for the North - McClellan fails in Virginia, ironclad ships change the nature of conflict on the waters for all time, Europe flirts with allying with the South after adverse pressure on cotton prices from the Confederate States of America, and a bloody stalemate ensues at Shiloh in Tennessee.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Julie Harris (I)

    Julie Harris (I)

    Voice of Mary Chesnut

    Guest Star

    Jason Robards

    Jason Robards

    Voice of Ulysses S. Grant

    Guest Star

    Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    Voice of Frederick Douglass

    Guest Star

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Voice of Abraham Lincoln

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This installment details McClellan's lateness and even refusal to engage the enemy despite the superior numbers and equipment of his Army of the Potomac, the capture of the USS Merrimack and its conversion into the ironclad Virginia, Farragut's success in taking New Orleans and restricting traffic on the Mississippi, and the horrendous loss of life at Shiloh in Tennessee - casualties so great that Grant is removed from his command.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Mary Chestnut (notable southern diarist of the time): Every day, regiments march by. Charleston is crowded with soldiers. These new ones are running in, fairly. They fear the war will be over before they they get sight of the fun.

      • Narrator: (on the dominance of the ironclad "Virginia", the converted "Merrimack") For a single day, the Confederate Navy ruled the sea.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Notable historians, advisors and commentators that appear include Barbara Fields, Ed Bearss, James McPherson, Stephen Oates, and Steven Sears.

        The primary theme music, Ashokan Farewell, was composed at an earlier date and is performed by Jay Ungar and "Fiddle Fever."

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