Yet another Civil War documentary with poor reenactor performances. There is, of course, the typical run-down of the history with knowledgeable scholars that can assist the CW novice when they are not in the mood to pick up a book. Nothing is said here, however, that most Civil War books don't already cover. If you can make it through the choppy editing, the historical artifacts are interesting. Although, I would recommend a google search on Civil War artifacts before I'd recommend this series. The "respective star power" of Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins, and Dennis Haysbert (the Allstate guy) try to carry your enthusiasm throughout, yet they manage to do very little for the overall momentum. Without naming the best of in CW documentaries and films, really one should just gravitate over to the Ken Burns series and get your fix there. Again, there is no real difference in information here than from most other CW summary pieces- there's poor acting, decent commentary on the part of the historians and somewhat on the big name performers. You would be best to just pick up some books on the subject.
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