Civil War 150 Exhibition: Suggested Viewing

Civil War 150 Exhibit: Suggested Viewing

The Civil War 150 exhibition planners recommend these titles for possible group discussions. Videos whose titles are linked may be found in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Please click on the title to begin the reserve process. Other videos on this list may be available through our interlibrary loan service.

Historical Documentaries

(TV-PG) This TV miniseries documentary from PBS traces the course of the Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all of the major battles to the beginnings of Reconstruction.
 
Greatest Battles of the Civil War, 2009 (415 min)
(NR) This eight episode TV miniseries explores the greatest battles of the Civil War that shaped the conflict and the future of the United States. This documentary series features rare photographs and many reenactments as well as commentary from leading Civil War experts.
 
(NR) This series explores four particularly harrowing battles of the Civil War: Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor. Filmed on location, the Civil War reenactments provide insight into how the war might have looked to the soldiers who fought it.
 
Gettysburg and Stories of Valor: Civil War Minutes III, 2004 (180 min)
(NR) This documentary covers the Gettysburg battlefield, examines rare Civil War artifacts, and tells the personal stories of the men who fought in the war.
 
Civil War Minutes: Confederate, 2007 (75 min)
(NR) These episodes feature the rarely told stories and artifacts of Confederate soldiers.
 
Civil War Minutes: Union, 2011 (180 min)
(NR) This series examines the lives of Union soldiers throughout the Civil War.
 
The Underground Railroad, 1999 (95 min)
(NR) This TV documentary tells the story of the Underground Railroad, an informal network of people and hiding places that helped African American slaves escape the American South.
 
Historical Dramas
 
Gone with the Wind, 1939 (238 min)
(PG) Set during the Civil War and Reconstruction, this American classic examines the tensions that underlay the conflict through the lens of a love story.
 
GloryGettysburg, 1993 (271 min)
(PG) This film walks through the battle of Gettysburg focusing on Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant General James Longstreet, and Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. It explores not only the battle itself but also the historical context surrounding the war.
 
Gods and Generals, 2003 (219 min)
(PG-13) This film follows the rise and fall of legendary Confederate war hero Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to Gettsyburg.
 
Glory, 1989 (122 min)
(R) This film tells the story of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an all-African American unit comprised of Northern freemen and escaped slaves. It focuses on their brave assault on the Confederate Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863.
 
Cold Mountain, 2003 (154 min)
(R) This Civil War love story follows the perilous journey of a wounded Confederate soldier trying to return home to his sweetheart in North Carolina.
 
North and South, 1985 (561 min)
(NR) This film follows the struggle of one Northerner and one Southerner as they struggle to maintain their friendship through the turmoil of the Civil War.
 
(NR) A story about two families divided by the Civil War.
 
Ride with the Devil, 1999, (138 min)
(R) This drama, taking place in divided Missouri, follows the “irregular” warfare that was fought during the Civil War. It explores the division between the bushwhackers and the jayhawkers and the tension between those who participated in the Civil War outside of the context of the Northern-Southern division.
 
Andersonville, 1996 (167 min)
(NR) This TV movie tells the story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War.