The Civil War "Valley of the Shadow of Death — 1864” & “Most Hallowed Ground — 1864" at WXXI-TV

The Civil War "Valley of the Shadow of Death — 1864” & “Most Hallowed Ground — 1864" at WXXI-TV

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: 5th Vermont at Camp Griffin.

Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Grant and Lee are pitted against each other in an extraordinary series of battles from the wilderness to Petersburg, VA.

Valley of the Shadow of Death — 1864 and Most Hallowed Ground — 1864 air Wednesday, April 6 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011). 

Valley of the Shadow of Death — 1864-- With Grant and Lee finally deadlocked at Petersburg, we move to the ghastly hospitals in both the North and South, and follow Sherman’s Atlanta campaign through the mountains of northern Georgia. As the horrendous casualty lists increases, Abraham Lincoln’s chance for re-election begins to dim and with them, the possibility of Union victory.

Most Hallowed Ground — 1864--The presidential campaign of 1864 sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself. Opinion in the North has turned strongly against Lincoln and the war, but 11th-hour Union victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln, and the Confederacy’s last hope for independence dies. In an ironic twist, Robert E. Lee’s Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery — the Union’s most hallowed ground.

The series continues throughout the week on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

War is All Hell - 1865 and The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865 airs Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War, PBS will re-broadcast Ken Burns’s entire landmark 1990 series. Burns’s epic documentary brings to life America’s most destructive — and defining — conflict. THE CIVIL WAR is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. Voices for the series include Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel. Historian David McCullough narrates.