The Civil War changed the way the American people viewed death. It was America’s bloodiest conflict of all time: 620,000 men lost their lives in the line of duty, more than the casualties of World War I and World War II combined. Many went unburied and unidentified. The sheer scale of death was unfathomable to the American mindset, even though Americans of the 19th century were no strangers to it.
In this 120 minute documentary from PBS, acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns explores the impact of death in the American Civil War, how it forever changed the way Americans responded to death and posed challenges that the American people were unprepared to face. Death is often a taboo topic, something no one really wants to think about or discuss, yet this film boldly documents one of the most crucial aspects of the Civil War.
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