The Civil War

Season 1 Episode 8

War is All Hell (1865)

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1990 on PBS
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The war rushes to a conclusion as Sherman cuts the South in half and obliterates its supply lines and Grant chases Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia to the point of eventual surrender at Appomattox.

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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

    George Plimpton

    George Plimpton

    Voice of George Templeton Strong

    Guest Star

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Voice of Abraham Lincoln

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Some of the major events chronicled in this installment include Sherman's war on civilians and property (a major influence on subsequent war worldwide) during his march through Georgia, large Confederate losses in Tennessee, the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the fall of the seat of the Confederate government, and Grant's ability to break out of Petersburg and finally corner the Army of Northern Virginia.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Mary Chestnut (southern diarist of the time): (on the loss of Richmond) We tried to comfort ourselves by saying in low tones that the capital was only moved temporarily, that General Lee would make a stand, repulse the daring enemy, and would yet again win the day.

      • Shelby Foote (noted Civil War author): (on the Union's problems with generals that could face Lee) They never got anyone he didn't understand. But they got Grant, who knew how to whip him. And he did.

    • 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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