HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Sneak-Peek at New PBS Civil War Series.

Ned Jilton • Feb 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

“Civil War: The Untold Story” A new, five-part, series on PBS will premier in April. But you don’t have to wait that long, you can get a sneak-peek at one of the 25 exclusive previews being held around the U.S. this weekend.The East Tennessee Historical Society will present a sneak-preview screening event for “Civil War: The Untold Story”, a visually stunning new five-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, which, in addition to numerous cable television documentaries, has created more than 25 films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country. Premiering nationally beginning April 1, 2014, the series breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater—including the critical battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta. Filmed on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, the series recreates authentic scenes and features interviews with top historians to provide new insights on one of the bloodiest and most defining eras in our nation’s history—highlighting the battles, the causes and politics of war, the impact on Southern civilians and women, and the relatively unknown roles that African Americans played in the conflict, from enslaved to emancipated to soldier.Chris Wheeler, director and producer of “Civil War: The Untold Story” and James Ogden, Historian for Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park will be in Knoxville for the event which takes place this Sunday, March 2, at 2 pm at the Bilo Nelson Auditorium of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street in Knoxville.Wheeler will open the event at 2 pm followed by Ogden briefly discussing the important roles that Knoxville and East Tennessee played in determining the final outcome of the war. The film screening will begin at 2:25 pm. Wheeler and Ogden will have a question and answer session after the screening. The series is sponsored by Nashville Public Television.

The event is Free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit www.eastTNhistory.org or call 865-215-8824.

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