SummaryFive documentaries, employing re-enactments and historical photographs, and two feature films explore the life and times of Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War.
Lincoln, trial by fire: Lincoln, facing the crisis of a divided nation, was forced to turn for help to General George McClellan, who supported Southern positions on slavery and states' rights. The conflict between Lincoln and McClellan was intense from the start and before their uneasy partnership ended it became one of the strangest stories in American history.
They've killed President Lincoln: Matthew Brady photographs and processed contemporary footage depict the historical circumstances in which Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
No retreat from destiny: the true story of the Confederacy's last great invasion of the north, in July 1864, the subsequent attack on Washington, D.C. that almost brought the northern war effort to its knees, and how the invasion was stopped at the Battle of Monocacy.
Lincoln's last night: This two-part docu-drama tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and his murderer John Wilkes Booth.
Fired by liberty: a live-action documentary on the lives and stories of African-American soldiers who fought during the Civil War, both the United States Colored Troops for the Union and the rarely discussed Blacks who fought for the Confederacy.
Abraham Lincoln: This Lincoln was one of the great talking films of the post-silent film era. These brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, his affair with Ann Rutledge, his courtship of Mary Todd and the Lincoln/Douglas debates. His presidency and the Civil War are followed in more detail, and the film concludes with the assassination.
Yellowneck: This story centers on five "Yellownecks", deserters of the Confederate Army, who plan to escape to Cuba via the Florida Everglades. While traveling through the treacherous swamp, the men are faced with danger from alligators, snakes, insects and angry Seminoles. Hoping to reach the coast and a waiting boat to take them to freedom, the men race against time and battle their obstacles and each other in order to make it to safety.
ContentsLincoln, trial by fire / Warner Bros. Pictures ; produced in association with the editors of American Heritage ; a David L. Wolper production ; produced and directed by Ed Spiegel ; written by Ted Strauss (50 min.)
They've killed President Lincoln / Wolper production ; producer-director, Robert Guenette ; writers, Robert Guenette, Theodore H. Strauss (50 min.)
No retreat from destiny : the battle that rescued Washington / Historical Entertainment ; Lionheart Filmworks ; a Russell E. Richards, Jr. production ; a Kevin R. Hershberger picture (106 min.)
Lincoln's last night / a film by Wilfried Hauke ; a Vidicom production (105 min.)
Fired by liberty : Black soldiers of the Civil War / directed, edited & produced by Kevin R. Hershberger ; written by Baron Blakley ; Lionheart Filmworks
D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln / Joseph M. Schenck presents ; adapted for the screen by Stephen Vincent Benet ; personally directed by D.W. Griffith (90 min.)
Yellowneck / directed by R. John Hugh ; produced by Harlow G. Frederick ; original story, dialogue, R. John Hugh ; screenplay by Nat S. Linders (82 min.)