Recounts how 1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows Union General George McClellans's ill-fated campaign on the Virginia Peninsula, where his huge army meets a Smaller, but infinitely more resourceful, Confederate force. The episode ends with rumors of Europe's readiness to recognize the Confederacy.
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