Antietam National Battlefield Presents Sneak-Preview Screenings Of “Civil War: The Untold Story”

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Date: February 4, 2014

Civil War: The Untold Story is a visually stunning new 5-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures.  Antietam National Battlefield in partnership with the Washington County Free Library and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will premiere the series on Thursday nights, March 13, 20 and 27 at 7:00 pm at the park visitor center. The series breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater – including critical yet lesser-known battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Atlanta. Filmed with sweeping cinematic style on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, it recreates authentic scenes and features interviews with top historians to provide new insights on the war and the relatively unknown roles that African Americans played in the conflict, from enslaved to emancipated to soldier. 

The series is produced and directed by Chris Wheeler of Great Divide Pictures ( For more than 20 years, Great Divide has been producing award-winning historical documentaries including: How the West Was Lost, Our Time in Hell: the Korean War, and Godspeed, John Glenn which was narrated by Walter Cronkite. Additionally, Great Divide has recently produced Visitor Center films for more than 25 National Parks, including Shiloh National Military Park, Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Parts 1 and 2 will premiere on March 13. Parts 3 and 4 will be shown on March 20. On March 27, Part 5 will be shown and the film's producer Chris Wheeler will speak about his project.

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