Civil War Stories 2-Pack DVD

Discovery Education

SKU: DC904144
Format: DVD
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Runtime: 91

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The story of America's deadliest conflict is told anew in two videos that offer fresh perspectives. Holidays are hard to celebrate during a time of war, but Independence Day 1863 saw the end of one of the greatest battles of the Civil War, and soldiers and their families still found time to mark the Christmas season and hope that peace would bring them back together again.

It took the Civil War for Independence Day to become a federal holiday. Two pivotal battles that turned the tide of the war in favor of the Union—Gettysburg and Vicksburg—had similar outcomes on the same day: July 4, 1863. This program explores both battles, with emphasis on Gettysburg. In particular, the commemorative painting known as the Gettysburg Cyclorama becomes the focal point of history, art, and remembrance.

Many Americans take for granted that Christmas is a federal holiday, but how did this religious event become a national one? The answer takes us back to the time of the Civil War. In fact, the modern-day notion of Christmas has its roots in a time when America was at war with itself.