The Civil War

Season 1 Episode 3

Forever Free (1862)

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1990 on PBS
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Episode Summary

General Lee and Stonewall Jackson outwit superior Union forces and advance into Maryland, Antietam leads to extremely heavy losses on both sides, and despite heavy political opposition, Lincoln decides to issue a proclamation abolishing slavery in all territories of the United States.

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    Julie Harris (I)

    Julie Harris (I)

    Voice of Mary Chestnut

    Guest Star

    Jason Robards

    Jason Robards

    Voice of Ulysses S. Grant

    Guest Star

    Philip Bosco

    Philip Bosco

    Voice of Horace Greeley

    Guest Star

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Voice of Abraham Lincoln

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Some of the major events chronicled in this installment include the inability and retreat of the North's forces, the rise of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson to glory, the delicate issues behind emancipation, the first dismissal of George McClellan, Pope's defeat at "Second" Manassas, Confederate troop movements north of the Potomac (and Antietam), the South's inability to find European allies, and Grant and Sherman's struggles in the deep south.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Ed Bearss (historian): Mr. Gladstone, a power in the English Cabinet, is saying that Jeff Davis has made a navy, he has made an army - and what is more important - in dividing he has made a nation. But the invasion of Maryland fails, Lee is defeated and falls back...

      • Barbara Fields (historian): (on Lincoln and emancipation) He could not make himself a fool - nor the Union a fool - by standing up for principles that could not be vindicated on the battlefield.

    • 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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