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At 4:30 AM on April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries opened fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, off the coast of South Carolina. This would be the beginning of the four-year-long Civil War.

The 150th anniversary of that event--almost bloodless, in and of itself; yet the precursor to unimaginable bloodletting--is just a few hours away.

For the past several days, I have been watching (on DVR) Ken Burns' multi-part series on the Civil War, that originally aired on PBS over 20 years ago.

The late Shelby Foote--one of the foremost Civil War historians of our time; probably only Bruce Catton, who passed away in 1978, could rival him--is interviewed periodically throughout it. Foote's observations are both amusing and enlightening.

Does anyone else here enjoy Civil War history?
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The Civil War By Ken Burns was fantastic. I've seen the mini-series and I also have it on audio tape.
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At 4:30 AM on April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries opened fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, off the coast of South Carolina. This would be the beginning of the four-year-long Civil War.

The 150th anniversary of that event--almost bloodless, in and of itself; yet the precursor to unimaginable bloodletting--is just a few hours away.

For the past several days, I have been watching (on DVR) Ken Burns' multi-part series on the Civil War, that originally aired on PBS over 20 years ago.

The late Shelby Foote--one of the foremost Civil War historians of our time; probably only Bruce Catton, who passed away in 1978, could rival him--is interviewed periodically throughout it. Foote's observations are both amusing and enlightening.

Does anyone else here enjoy Civil War history?
Oh heck yeah!

I lived in Charleston for a while and visited Fort Sumter it was awesome. But please from now on use the correct title. It was the war of northern aggression, there was nothing civil about it.
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At 4:30 AM on April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries opened fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, off the coast of South Carolina. This would be the beginning of the four-year-long Civil War.

The 150th anniversary of that event--almost bloodless, in and of itself; yet the precursor to unimaginable bloodletting--is just a few hours away.

For the past several days, I have been watching (on DVR) Ken Burns' multi-part series on the Civil War, that originally aired on PBS over 20 years ago.

The late Shelby Foote--one of the foremost Civil War historians of our time; probably only Bruce Catton, who passed away in 1978, could rival him--is interviewed periodically throughout it. Foote's observations are both amusing and enlightening.

Does anyone else here enjoy Civil War history?

I own the series and watch it every now and then. Bought it when it came out but dummy me bought it in VHS. I'm a history nut in general and Civil War history in particular.
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This was in yesterday's Detroit News and I thought it was quite interesting.....

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From The Detroit News: Disguised as man, Flint woman fought for Union in Civil War | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Of the 90,000 Michiganians who fought in the Civil War, the most curious may have been Frank Thompson.

The Flint resident was a maze of contradictions: a deserter who was later honored by comrades, a religious person who frequently lied, a 19th-century feminist who apparently had an affair with a married officer.

Upon leaving the Union army, Thompson wrote a book claiming to have been a spy during the war. The dubious assertion heightened interest in "Memoirs of a Soldier, Nurse and Spy," which became a best-seller.

But the truth about Thompson's life is more interesting than the fiction, 150 years after the war's launch at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.

Thompson really was Emma Edmonds, a Canadian farm girl who posed as a man during her military service.

What's more, she had been living that way for several years before the war so she could pursue a life closed to women of the 1850s.
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Actually, many woman on both sides fought in disguise. I have a book on that somewhere around here. Semi-interesting read. I'll give you the name of the book when I find it.
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Actually, many woman on both sides fought in disguise. I have a book on that somewhere around here. Semi-interesting read. I'll give you the name of the book when I find it.
The article stated around 400 were known to have served
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I own the series and watch it every now and then. Bought it when it came out but dummy me bought it in VHS.
At least you didn't buy it in Beta.

(By the time of the show's original airing, however--around 1989 or 1990, I think--the VCR format war was already over, and VHS had won.)
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I enjoy the mini-series despite Ken Burns. He's just a really humble man...
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All the Ken Burns stuff is excellent. The Civil war one is the most compelling, but the baseball and jazz ones are also fascinating.
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