Frederick Douglass

Episode of the War Department™ Video Series

War Department™ Episode


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

Frederick Douglass Episode

Thanks to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Special thanks to Mark Malloy

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


National Park Service Ranger Mark Malloy of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site answers questions about the life of America's premiere Black abolitionist in this "Short" from the War Department™ video series by the Civil War Trust.

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.

Read the Civil War Trust's official press release describing the War Department™ video series »

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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