Monday, September 7, 2015

This Week on PBS: Ken Burn's 'The Civil War' (Restored)

The Civil War

September 7–11, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.
The Civil War, the award-winning film produced and directed by Ken Burns, will be rebroadcast over five consecutive nights in September 2015. The broadcast, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the series’ initial broadcast in September 1990, will present for the first time a newly restored, high-definition version. This is also the first time the film will be seen with the same fidelity and framing as the negative that Burns and his co-cinematographers Allen Moore and Buddy Squires shot more than 25 years ago.

Ashokan Farewell (from Ken Burns"Civil War" Film); International String Trio 

I learned so much about the Civil War from watching this documentary (probably the best ever made) that when I found this photo of my great grandmother's older brother, Orvis H. Sweet,  I knew exactly what he had been through, why he volunteered, and how remarkable a person he was. He volunteered for the 5th Vermont and fought at Antietam, Gettysburg, many other major battles, and died of wounds suffered at the Second Battle of the Wilderness. This photo was taken at Matthew Brady's studios 3 weeks before his death.

Lt. Orvis H. Sweet, 5th Vermont


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