Video: The Terrible Remedy THE CIVIL WAR

THE CIVIL WAR; PBS; Sept. 23-27, 8 p.m. on most stations

Awful superlatives issue forth like cannon fire from PBS's documentary series The Civil War. More than 620,000 Americans died during the conflict, more than in World Wars I and II and Vietnam combined. At the Battle of Antietam alone, 23,000 were killed or wounded, the bloodiest single day of the war. By 1864 the Union Army was the largest in the world, and Washington the most fortified city on earth. The Andersonville, Ga., prison housed so many Union POWs that it ranked as the fifth most populous city in the Confederacy.

But the impact of The Civil War lies less in...

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