High tide of the confederacy : 1863, the turning point in the war

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  • The Union's victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg marked a crucial turning point in the Civil War. This program thoroughly examines those pivotal campaigns, along with the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on both the North and South, problems within the Jefferson Davis administration, the beginnings of dissent in the South, and the treatment of prisoners of war on both sides. Commentary by James Robertson, Burke Davis, William Davis, Herman Hattaway, Grady McWhiney, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown is featured.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 19, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • Emancipation Proclamation - The Northern Liberators (2:45) -- State's Right - The South's Position (3:06) -- Dissent in the South (2:07) -- Conscription (1:41) -- Battles of Fredericksburg (2:13) -- Confederate Leaders (2:49) -- The Cavalry (2:15) -- Infantry Tactics During the Civil War (2:44) -- Music's Role During the Civil War (3:20) -- Southern Soldier - Combat Ready? (3:19) -- Combat Medicine - Treating the Wounded (3:20) -- The Prisoners of War (1:47) -- Command and Control During the Civil War (2:19) -- The Battle of Champion Hill (3:00) -- Seige of Vicksburg (3:03) -- Battle of Chancellorsville (2:00) -- Gettysburg Campaign (2:32) -- The Battle of Gettysburg at Cemetary Hill (3:12) -- Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (3:49)
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