Sheridan & Warren at Five Forks

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The War Department™ video series is produced by the Civil War Trust in association with Wide Awake Films.

Five Forks Episode: Special thanks to the West Point Museum of History.

Special thanks to Joseph B. Potts, whose bequest has generously funded the War Department™ series

For more information on the Camp Chase Fifes & Drums, who graciously provided most of the music for the series, please visit their website.

Introducing The War Department

Episode Description

In this War Department™ episode, Garry Adelman travels to the West Point Museum of History to examine objects and artifacts related to the fateful Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, fought on April 1, 1865.  Special attention is paid to the bitter rivalry between Gouverneur K. Warren and Phil Sheridan, the two Union commanders at the battle.

What is the War Department?

The War Department™ video series is a web-based production in which expert historians, educators, military veterans and enthusiasts debate, discuss and analyze the American Civil War. Episodes will cover a particular topic in some detail and run roughly 10 minutes in length. “Shorts” will highlight other aspects of the Civil War, in roughly two minutes. Moderated discussions, battle animation, on-site analysis, and telestration will highlight the series. The War Department™ takes its name from the Union and Confederate entities responsible for the armies on both sides during the conflict and is a production of the Civil War Trust.

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Who is the target audience?

The War Department™ video series is intended for people ages 12 and up.

How do I use the War Department in a classroom?

However you’d like! Our episodes and shorts are available in standard and high definitions (by clicking on the “HD” logo in the bottom right section of the video tool bar) on our website, Anyone may use our videos for any non-commercial purpose as long as the video is not changed and is attributed to the Civil War Trust. See “related resources” for more information.

Where do I find more on the topics?

Check out the resources provided on the video pages on our website. Many videos have a full webpage (or more) dealing specifically with the topic.


Questions about the series should be directed to or:

Education Department –War Department Videos
Civil War Trust
1156 15th St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005



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