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DENVER - A new, five-hour documentary on the Civil War will air on PBS stations around the country starting this week. It's called "Civil War: The Untold Story."

It's by Denver-area production company Great Divide Pictures and covers the battles in the western theater – battles you often don't hear about.

Many historians say that is actually where the war was won or lost depending on your point of view.

The documentary includes stunning battlefield reenactments. It tells the stories of Shiloh, Tenn. Vicksburg, Miss. Chickamauga and Atlanta, Ga. and others.

It also gives insights into the relatively unknown roles African Americans played in the conflict – from enslaved to emancipated to soldier.

Executive Producer Chris Wheeler, a former 9NEWS photojournalist, says the documentary brings up many issues the country is still dealing with now. They include the role of government, state's rights, and the politics of war.

Civil War, the Untold Story runs on Rocky Mountain PBS starting Thursday at 9 p.m.

It will also run on Colorado 12 PBS starting on April 30 at 8 p.m.

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