The Civil War

The Civil War (1990)

  • Genre: Documentary, War & Politics
  • First Air Date: 1990-09-23
  • Last Air Date: 1990-09-27
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 9
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 76 min.
  • Production Company: Florentine Films
  • Networks: PBS
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A comprehensive and definitive history of the American Civil War.

  • Keywords: slavery, miniseries, american civil war, robert e lee
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    The Civil War Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date:
    15 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1990-09-23
    9 Episodes

    The Civil War Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1The Cause (1861)140 min
    Season 1Episode 2A Very Bloody Affair (1862)140 min
    Season 1Episode 3Forever Free (1862)140 min
    Season 1Episode 4Simply Murder (1863)140 min
    Season 1Episode 5The Universe of Battle (1863)140 min
    Season 1Episode 6Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)140 min
    Season 1Episode 7Most Hallowed Ground (1864)140 min
    Season 1Episode 8War Is All Hell (1865)140 min
    Season 1Episode 9The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)140 min
    • David McCullough

      as Narrator
    • Sam Waterston

      as Abraham Lincoln
    • Julie Harris

      as Mary Chestnut
    • Jason Robards

      as Ulysses S. Grant
    • Morgan Freeman

      as Frederick Douglass
    • Paul Roebling

      as Joshua Chamberlain
    • Garrison Keillor

      as Walt Whitman
    • George Black

      as Robert E. Lee
    • Arthur Miller

      as William Tecumseh Sherman
    • Christopher Murney

      as Elisha Hunt Rhodes
    • Charles McDowell

      as Samuel R. Watkins
    • Horton Foote

      as Jefferson Davis
    • George Plimpton

      as George Templeton Strong
    • Philip Bosco

      as Horace Greeley
    • Terry Courier

      as George B. McClellan
    • Jody Powell

      as Stonewall Jackson / Various
    • Studs Terkel

      as Benjamin Butler / Various
    • Hoyt Axton

      as Various
    • John Hartford

      as Various
    • Colleen Dewhurst

      as Various
    • Shelby Foote

      as Various
    • Ronnie Gilbert

      as Various
    • Jeremy Irons

      as Various
    • Gene Jones

      as Various
    • Derek Jacobi

      as Various
    • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

      as Various
    • Laurence Fishburne

      as Various
    • Pamela Reed

      as Various
    • M. Emmet Walsh

      as Various
    Editing Paul Barnes Editor
    Sound Jay Ungar Original Music Composer
    Crew Ken Burns Cinematography
    Production Catherine Yang Eisele Producer
    Production Ric Burns Producer
    Production Julie A. Dunfey Producer
    Production Stephen Ives Producer
    Production Mike Hill Producer
    Production Ken Burns Executive Producer