Movies with an American Civil War backdrop
Memorable films set against the 1861–1865 conflict
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The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a four-year conflict fought between the United States and 11 Southern states that seceded after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 to form the Confederate States of America. At the heart of the war were the interconnected issues of slavery and territorial and sectional political control. As early as 1915, Hollywood was drawing on some of the bloodiest battles of the conflict for cinematic inspiration. But the focus has also fallen on the cultural, economical, and emotional impact of those terrible four years. So, what are the pictures that have best portrayed one of the darkest chapters in US history?
Click through and take a look at the movies with an American Civil War backdrop.
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