Brought to you by Pilot Productions - producers of addictive travel, history and food shows that explore unforgettable destinations around the planet.

Presenter : Megan McCormick

American Civil War Special

Photo Gallery: Globe Trekker: Civil War Special

Megan takes part in a Civil War re-enactmentMegan McCormick travels back in time to the heart of the American Civil War. Lasting 4 years, covering 27 states and costing the lives of 600,000 Americans, the war of 1861-1865 defined the course of American history.

First, Megan travels to South Carolina to explore the slavery plantations, before heading to Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, to find out more about the legendary John Brown.

She learns about Confederate Leader Jefferson Davis in Richmond before taking a tour of Abraham Lincoln’s house in Springfield, Illinois. Then it’s on to Fort Sumter and Charleston, where the Civil War began in earnest. Megan tries her hand at being a soldier for the day at a battle site in Manassas, Virginia.

In Gettysburg, there were 50,000 casualties after 3 days of battle. Megan visits the confederate base Farnsworth House, one of the most haunted properties in America – reportedly home to 14 different spirits!

A Civil War re-enactmentAt the Battle of Stanardsville, 35,000 Union and 90,000 Confederate soldiers died. Megan witnesses the re-enactment before joining the Civil War Ball.

The prison at Andersonville was a prisoner of war camp for Union Soldiers and is now infamous for its terrible conditions. At any given time there would have been upwards of 33,000 prisoners inside the walls. Megan sees first hand the kind of conditions that these POW’s had to endure.

Megan then heads to Cedar Creek to see the re-enactment of a crucial Union victory before travelling to Appomattox, where General Lee surrendered the war. She finishes her historical tour of the American Civil War by returning to Gettysburg for Remembrance Day.


See our Guide to the American Civil War



Places Mentioned - USA

Share the series

Destination Guides

North America

View Destination Guide


North America

View Destination Guide

Washington DC


View Destination Guide