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The Civil War

The Civil War is a PBS documentary about the American Civil War created by Ken Burns, and released on PBS in the fall of 1990. Its themesong, "Ashokan Farewell," which was created for the film, has become so popular that people frequently and erroneously believe it was written and performed during the Civil War. It includes more than 16,000 photogrpahs, paintings, and newspaper images from the time of the war. Famous persons such as Sam Waterston, Garrison Keillor, and Morgan Freeman read quotes from individuals who were alive during the Civil War. The film has recently been remastered, and a book following the movie has also been released.

The 96th Pennsylvania marching: An image from the documentary