Every Drop of Blood essentially looks at 24 hours in the life of Abraham Lincoln, and of those who interacted with him, around his second inauguration. It takes us from the evening of March 3, 1865, through his inauguration, to the evening of March 4, 1865, 155 years ago.

This is a lens through which we can see—in remarkably sharp detail—the suffering unleashed by that enormous American catastrophe that was the Civil War, and to grasp, through Lincoln’s extraordinary vision, the ultimate meaning of the war’s monstrous misery and loss, which were on a scale virtually no one had expected.