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Episode 1

Rare Footage of Confederate Veterans Giving the Rebel Yell

The Confederate soldiers only used the famous Rebel Yell as they charged the Union soldiers on the battlefield. To many, it sounded like screaming banshees.

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Episode 5

The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863

Lincolns's address was 269 words long, lasting 2 minutes. It had been 87 years since nation's founding.
The Northern Army, led by Gen. Meade, was called Army of the Potomac.
The southern army, led by Gen. Lee, was called Army of Northern Virginia
The Northern Army loses: 3,155 Dead; 14,529 Wounded; 5,363 Missing
The Southern Army loses: 3,903 Dead; 18,735 Wounded; 5,425 Missing
3,000 horses died in battle
The Battle of Gettysburg was the costliest in U.S. History. It was fought over a three-day period, July 1-3, 1863.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, at the Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863:

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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