VIDEO | On the morning of July 30, 1864, Union troops exploded a mine underneath Elliott's Salient, an earthwork (jutting out to form an angle) defending Petersburg. The result is one of the most talked-about incidents of the entire Civil War. Douglas Ullman, Jr. visits the battlefield and speaks with guests about the involvement of the USCT 4th Division and the events that make the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg unforgettable.
In this War Department™ episode, Garry Adelman interviews National Park Service Rangers as they share stories of the Battle of Monocacy. This battle, fought July 9, 1864, bought invaluable time for the defenses of Washington, D.C. to be improved in response to a daring Confederate raid.
VIDEO | Garry Adelman travels to the West Point Museum of History to examine objects and artifacts related to the fateful Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, fought on April 1, 1865. Special attention is paid to the bitter rivalry between Gouverneur K. Warren and Phil Sheridan, the two Union commanders at the battle.
Eric Leonard, Chief of Interpretation and Education at the Andersonville National Historic Site, discusses the Civil War's most infamous prison camp in this "short" from the War Department™ video series by the American Battlefield Trust.
Living historian Curt Fields describes the life and accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant. This video is part of the American Battlefield Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.
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