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Simply Murder – 1863
The Universe of Battle 1863


This award-winning film series, produced and directed by Ken Burns, will be rebroadcast over five consecutive nights, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of its premiere, and will be presented for the first time in high-definition. The series attracted an audience of 38.9 million during its premiere in 1990, and set a record for the highest rated PBS series broadcast, which stands today. Narrated by David McCullough, it includes the voices of Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Pamela Reed, Kurt Vonnegut and more.


Simply Murder – 1863/The Universe of Battle – 1863
The Union disaster at Fredericksburg and opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation are detailed.