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The Civil War

Season 1 Episode 7

Most Hallowed Ground (1864)

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 26, 1990 on PBS
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Episode Summary

At a time when many in the North fear the war can't be won outright, Lincoln must defeat one of his own failed generals in the 1864 presidential election. Finally, the Union's superiority in men and materials begins to destroy the Confederacy's ability to make war and ruins the South's chances of victory or independence.moreless

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    Charley McDowell

    Charley McDowell

    Voice of Sam Watkins

    Guest Star

    Chris Murney

    Chris Murney

    Voice of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

    Guest Star

    Studs Terkel

    Studs Terkel

    Voice of Benjamin F. Butler

    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 of Union forces to make progress in Virginia and Georgia and its effect on Lincoln's re-election campaign against McClellan, life in the Civil War military camps, Sherman's conduct during the siege of Atlanta, the appalling situation in impoverished prisoner-of-war camps in the South, and the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery on land that had belonged to Robert E. Lee.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Walt Whitman (19th century poet, essayist): (on the deplorable condition of Union prisoners at Andersonville, Georgia) Can these be men? Are they not really corpses? They lay there, most of, but still, with a horrible look in their eyes.

      • Shelby Foote (noted Civil War author): The North fought that war with one hand tied behind its back...I think that if there had been more Southern successes, a lot more, then the North simply would have brought that other arm out from behind its back. I don't think the South ever had a chance to win that war.

    • 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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