Civil Warriors

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War Documentary hosted by Scott Glenn, published by National Geographic in 2011 - English narration

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In the wake of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, National Geographic follows descendants of ordinary Americans as they embark on personal journeys to discover the stories of their ancestors in the bloodiest war in American history. This three-part program reveals the amazing human stories of lives turned upside down by the Civil War--from a Virginian slave holding lady to a Union officer and a Confederate private. Through vivid recreations and innovative graphic techniques, we'll go back in time to see the true consequences of hard war and the resilient human spirit. Eleven Civil-War descendants search for insights into the experiences of their ancestors, who include a Union and a Confederate private, a doctor, one of the first black soldiers, a slave and a nurse from New York. Casting a human light on the Civil War experience, these eye-opening programs profile a range of individuals by having their descendants trace their stories. Insights from experts and reenactors, along with visits to actual Civil War locales, give a visceral and immediate sense of what different people went through during the war. The program helps viewers understand what it was really like to be a Confederate recruit, a surgeon, a slave, a soldier at Gettysburg, and more. Archival photos, excerpts from diaries and letters, and computer animations add to the compelling stories. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Nat Geo aired all three episodes on a single night. Produced by Wide-Eyed Entertainment for National Geographic Channels

[edit] Families at War

What was the reason for ancestors of the modern Americans to participate in the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s? One of the main causes of the whole war was slavery, which was not accepted in the Northern states. Follow Roger Fisk, a descendant of a soldier on the Union side who went to war, not just to preserve the Union but also to free the slaves. Using the letters written by his ancestor as a guide, we'll go on an epic journey to reveal his motive for traveling hundreds of miles through battlefields to go to war. We also meet Christian Latham, a 22-year-old descendant of a private, who wants to experience what his ancestors did 150 years ago in their struggle for freedom.

[edit] Free at Last

Kenneth Morris is a descendent of two of the most well-known heroes of the Civil War: Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. We'll join Morris as he follows the trail of his great-great-uncle, a founding member of the first black regiment and the son of Frederick Douglass, the most famous black antislavery campaigner in American history, to learn more about what a black Union soldier had to do to be recognized as a war hero.

[edit] The Hard War

We'll join Tim Sawyer, an army veteran and great-great-grandson of a Civil War surgeon, as he travels to Gettysburg to discover how long a doctor could last working in brutal wartime conditions, where injured bodies were left on the field due to limited space. Sawyer also tries to determine whether, if given the opportunity, his great-great-grandfather could have saved the life of President Lincoln, forever changing history.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: 3 034 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 45 min
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 1.09 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: DiVERGE

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