The War Between the States, The War against Northern Aggression, or simply the Civil War was when our country was fighting itself. To the North it was a fight to keep the nation as one. To the South it was the fight to be its own nation. Between the years of 1861 and 1865 Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers. It may have started out as a dispute between Union and States’ rights but it ended up being about the meaning of freedom in America.
In the war homes became headquarters. Churches were no longer places of worship but a place to care for the wounded and shelter the dying. Friends and family fought side by side or against each other. Four of Lincoln’s brother-in-laws fought for the Confederacy. The town of Winchester, Virginia changed hands 72 times during the war. During this time of unrest, history was being made.
Watch The Civil War History on WPBT2 to learn more about the Civil War and the aftermath of the war itself. The documentary begins airing on April 3rd at 8 p.m. and the last episode is on April 7th at 8 p.m.