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About your history buff like me in the civil war buff out there the History Channel is commemorating some of the biggest battles of the war between the states take a look.
Two years after the start of the civil war with the confederate army is invading that helps.
One mile west of Gettysburg rebel reconnaissance troops -- union resistance.
The fight escalates.
Well there's going to be good it's civil war -- -- kicks off today and doctor Libby O'Connell chief historian Richard channel is here with this now.
Thank you for being with this I'm so glad you're doing this for so many people of this country have forgotten about the civil war -- didn't learn about it the end -- -- -- Got a Pennsylvania guys here we all about Gettysburg and all that but I'll tell you this.
I know that you're gonna concert a little bit on Vicksburg and people forgot about that.
They do -- gets overlooked a lot by people all over the country so it's not just you guys I'm from Pennsylvania to -- -- has always been the focus.
-- Vicksburg was a major battle happens at the same time -- Gettysburg.
Grant has siege to Vicksburg which is like a fortress overlooking the Mississippi.
And it's -- forty it's over forty days long where he's trying to take control from the confederate.
It's a very important that I hope it's for the control -- the whole Mississippi Valley and really the west in the American.
Connection between confederate armies on one side and across the Mississippi.
This battle of the expert is huge.
It's another turning point you know what the victory and expert comes the same time as the victory in Gettysburg.
Two very important watershed moment.
How is the History Channel civil war -- going to be different bands say you know Ken Burns famous documentary which -- -- little -- -- photograph that's really thank you for asking this is really dynamic history digital is put together the best content.
In all sorts of ways you've got an app called civil war today 99 cents to download that.
There's civil war interactive's with the maps.
And games places where people from all ages and different levels of knowledge can come and learn new things we've short form video.
Talking about different that -- hungry history what does soldiers see what was being -- on the home front and what about women's daily lives during the war.
All sorts of topics are dressed and really exciting engaging ways -- Am really excited about beautifully shot too and we -- and categorize and helicopters during Vietnam vet yeah -- -- yeah okay I got out of that it's a secret that.
And bigger yeah let's go -- -- Gettysburg why why with this that's so important.
But the -- that the confederate army comes up into the north sir.
Okay generally is proving to the world that the confederate they're gonna win this war if he goes into Pennsylvania.
As a big victory he -- head up to Harrisburg takeover that capital.
Anything's possible he's also looking for support.
From Britain and France.
So he's trying to say look I'm gonna win this.
But by having people come together and Gettysburg the two armies meet Gettysburg as the crossroads.
-- ten different roads are coming together right there this old market town.
And because of the important union victory it turns the war around.
And use that ultimate.
-- the union.
The union army wins it's amazing to watching this footage here because for people who've never been to Gettysburg to stand on that hollowed ground there doubles down and you can actually see the brake marks and stand those boulders and you see chunks of the -- missing work.
Where bullets were hitting -- -- -- still there's a huge hole in one of the barns there were cannonball had through but it looks like this footage really brings people into those moments.
It's very moving this is that the Gettysburg.
Show produced by Tony and Ridley Scott it's going to be streaming on our web site.
I'm going to Gettysburg.
Right after this there's going to be -- commemoration tonight at 8 PM.
Eastern time that's gonna stream live history dot com civil war week.
You can see at all it's really exciting stuff I know people -- take this moment take this important anniversary -- -- You know what.
I want to learn more.
And I'm gonna learn and history dot com and a really exciting engaging way did you guys -- doing some great stuff over there at his age you start and Woody Allen thanks so much for joining us when we appreciate you for having me really -- thought -- --
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