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It’s September 17, 1862 and President Abraham Lincoln needs a victory in order to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and end slavery in the South. But Robert E. Lee has other plans – invade the North. When Lee’s strategy falls into the hands of the Union Army, the result is the single bloodiest day in American history at the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Includes scarce footage from the 125th, 135th, and 140th Antietam Reenactments.
Narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell (director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals), Lincoln an Lee at Antietam features scarce footage from the 125th, 135th and 140th Antietam Reenactments.
Historical insight provided by:
James M. McPherson, Princeton University, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College, America's only repeat winner of the Lincoln Prize; Nominated by President George W. Bush to the National Council of the Humanities
Dennis E. Frye, National Park Service (NPS) Historian at Harpers Ferry, author of Antietam Revealed and the associate producer of Gods and Generals
Patrick Falci, actor/performing historian portrays General Ambrose Hill at Antietam
Paul V. Chiles, National Parks Service (NPS) Historian at Antietam National Battlefield Park
Features Stanley Wernz, President of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, as Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Black as General Robert E. Lee
Ronald F. Maxwell uses his experience as director of the Civil War epics GETTYSBURG and GODS AND GENERALS as he narrates this documentary about the bloody Battle of Antietam. LINCOLN AND LEE AT ANTIETAM: THE COST OF FREEDOM uses footage of battle reenactments and discussion from Civil War experts to create a picture of the deadly day.