America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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 Jonas Steele (3 episodes, 1982)
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 John Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Evelyn Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Kathy Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Arbuthnot (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Ben Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. George Meade (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maggie Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Phineas Wade (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mark Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Welles / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Sgt. O'Toole (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Lovelace (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Luke Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Sen. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Secretary of State Seward (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Jonathan Henry (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Abraham Lincoln (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mary Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Jacob Hale Sr. (3 episodes, 1982)
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 James Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Lester Bedell (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Matthew Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Malachy Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Capt. Potts (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Harrison (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Pvt. Grundy (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Emma Gayser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Capt. Randolph (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Christopher Spencer (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Fairburn (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Jake Hale Jr. (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. Herman Haupt (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mary Todd Lincoln (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Captain Grimes (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Lt. Hardy (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Count Von Ziller (3 episodes, 1982)
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 George (older employee at the Gettysburgh Newspaper) (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. Robert E. Lee (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Nell (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Professor Lowe (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Dr. Bennett (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Calvery Colonel (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Johnny Reb (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Pennsylvania Colonel (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Lt. Mercer (2 episodes, 1982)

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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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14 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Die Blauen und die Grauen  »

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One of Gregory Peck's greatest heroes from childhood was President Abraham Lincoln. Peck was initially concerned about playing him since at 66 he was a decade older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated. See more »

Goofs

On the DVD release version, during the first Bull Run battle scene (set in 1861), a helicopter used to film scenes from the air is visible flying from left to right across the screen above the house on the hill. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Mae: If you was to kiss me, I'd be mighty obliged.
John Geyser: [following the kiss] My mouth's burning!
Wanda Mae: Shucks, I'm sorry, Johnny. It's my chaw.
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: The Blue, the Gray and the Brown (2011) See more »

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A good if somewhat uneven miniseries
15 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

This miniseries shows the war primarily through the eyes of a Virginian who wants to witness history but cannot commit to either side of the conflict. His new-found profession of journalism allows him to participate as a neutral observer. He is surrounded by relatives and friends on both sides, and the miniseries shows events through their eyes as well.

The human side of the war is stressed, and it excellently portrays the toll the conflict took on families.

Many of the subplots are taken from Civil War historian Bruce Catton's final work, "Reflections On The Civil War." However, none of the people in the book, including the real John Geyser, appear in the miniseries. Rather, observations made in the book are woven around the main storyline as supplementary material.

Most of the military aspects of the miniseries are laughable and bear little resemblance to reality. Due to the miniseries being done on a miniseries budget we see none of the grand scale evident in "Gettysburg" or "Glory."

Stacy Keach gives a terrific performance as Jonas Steele, the Federal special operations agent. We see from his performance a little of the decentralized, more personalized ways in which intelligence gathering and other non-standard military operations were conducted in the nineteenth century.

The miniseries ran for over six hours on CBS in 1982, but well over an hour was cut for the two-cassette video release. Get the whole treatment if you can.


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