In July, 1863, two mighty armies clashed in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in what came to be known as the pivotal battle of the American Civil War.
Fifteen units from Maine took part. Their contributions, in many ways, helped decide the outcome.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network presents here the story of one of those units, Maine's 16th Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Their exploits and sacrifice are told using their own words, pictures of the soldiers themselves, and views -- then and now -- of the Gettysburg battlefield.
Along with the story of the 16th Maine, we explore several subjects relating to the war -- its cause, its cost, and its aftermath.