The Civil War (1990– )
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Simply Murder (1863) 

By early 1863, Union soldiers with the Army of the Potomac had not been paid for 6 months and supplies were thin. Some 200 men were deserting every day and by January one-quarter of the men... See full summary »

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Barbara Fields ...
Herself - Historian
Paul Roebling ...
Joshua L. Chamberlain (voice)
James Symington ...
Himself - Former Congressman
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George Black ...
Robert E. Lee (voice)
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Mary Chestnut (voice)
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Walt Whitman / Various (voice)
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Horace Greeley / Various (voice)
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Terry Courier ...
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Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes (voice) (as Chris Murney)
Charles McDowell ...
Pvt. Sam Watkins (voice) (as Charley McDowell)
Jody Powell ...
Stonewall Jackson / Various (voice)
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By early 1863, Union soldiers with the Army of the Potomac had not been paid for 6 months and supplies were thin. Some 200 men were deserting every day and by January one-quarter of the men were AWOL. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, the new Union commander, wanted to take Fredericksburg but delays in getting the pontoon boats to cross the Rappahannock river allowed Lee to amass 75,000 men. The Union army was blown away and 9,000 men were killed. Elsewhere, the Confederate army was matching this success and a Union flotilla was captured. Lincoln called for more troops and in February, pushed a conscription bill through Congress. Both conscription and the freeing of the slaves were not universally popular and anti-war sentiment was growing. Jefferson Davis had his own problems however. His need to centralize authority did not sit well those who supported States rights. The economy began to collapse with high inflation and resulting protests. By the end of the year, 40% of the Confederate army ... Written by garykmcd

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25 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Living and Dying Through the War
5 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Civil War: Simply Murder (1990)

**** (out of 4)

The fourth episode in Ken Burns' terrific documentary covers topics including Falmouth, VA winter camp, Ambrose Burnside, the Union's defeat at Fredericksburg, the meals eaten by both sides, Sons of Liberty, Stonewall Jackson's death and Grant's fight at Vicksburg. History or movie buffs are going to find great entertainment here as once again Burns does a terrific job at not just telling the stories but also really making one feel for both sides of the battle as it's clear both of them were suffering great loss through the first couple years of the war. Burns direction is, as usual, flawless as he perfectly mixes real life photos with some paintings and of course there's the narration, which is used to tell the stories of the war but also hear from soldiers through their writings. I think the best moments of this episode deal with the living conditions of the soldiers as they were all suffering from various diseases and it's rather shocking to learn that most of them died from illness rather than battle. There's also some great talk about the stuff both sides were eating and how they would go about making the food.


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